Doctoral School in Economics and Finance

What qualifications do I need to apply to the Doctoral School in Economics and Finance (DSEF) ?

The DSEF targets students who have a Master degree in Economics, in Finance, in Econometrics or in Management with a strong quantitative background or a Master degree in Math, Physics, Engineering, and Quantitative Sciences (on a case by case basis).

What means a strong background?

To become a Ph.D. member of the Doctoral School of Economics and Finance, the applicant must have acquired the equivalent of a preparatory training degree in academic research in Economics and Finance, a research Master degree. If it is not the case, students may be invited to enter the second year of the Master in Economics and Finance - Research-Track, offered by the University of Luxembourg.

For more details on the Master Research Track please see:

Do I have to do an English examination?

If English is not your native language and if you haven’t studied in an English spoken country, you will have to prove proficiency in this language (level B2) by any recognized certificate (TOEFL or equivalent).

How should I apply to the DSEF?

Application period is yearly from January 6 to March 15.


When should I apply?

Applications should be submitted from 06 January to 15 March for the programme starting in the following September.

Conditional offers can be made to applicants finishing their current course programme. Under exceptional circumstances, late applications can be submitted until July 1.

What’s the duration of Ph.D. studies?

The duration of doctoral studies is 3 years (maximum 4 years, under special conditions and with the approval of the Doctoral School representatives).

How much will it cost me?

Enrollment fees are 200 Euros per semester for the Master in Economics and Finance Research Track and the PhD programme.

What are the funding possibilities?

The PhD is usually supported by internal teaching assistant positions or by the “Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg” (FNR).
For more detailed information, please see:

Do I need to write my own research proposal?

Yes, you do. The description of your research project should be written in the format of the FNR/AFR, as in:,-Forms-Guidelines/Call-Documents/AFR-PhD-Forms-and-Guidelines

It should be sent together with  the other required documents.

Do I need to have a supervisor for applying?

No. If you are selected, the Doctoral School will help you in finding a supervisor.

What if I have an institutional fellowship, such as a government scholarship (from my country of origin)?

If you meet all requirements to become a member of the DSEF, having a fellowship is a plus.

Does University help future students to find accommodation in Luxembourg?

Our “Students department”, SEVE (Service de la Vie Etudiante) has a specific accommodation department.

Further information can be found on:

Can I study part-time?

The Doctoral School in Economics and Finance only supports full time Ph.D. students.