Ph.D. in Economics and Finance

Ph.D. in Economics and Finance at Nova

Accept our challenge. Achieve excellence.

As a Nova SBE Ph.D. graduate, you will systematically be suited for positions in competitive international academia and research institutions. You will also be prepared to fill top positions in business companies, financial institutions, and governmental organizations.
By integrating our Ph.D. program, you become an important link in an exciting research environment. At Nova SBE, we promote the inclusion of our Ph.D. candidates in the research projects of our faculty, as we believe that the quality of our doctoral training and that of our research are intimately connected. 

How to Apply

Ph.D. applications are closed!

The deadline for applications for 2020/21 intake is January 31, 2020.

Applicants may be asked for a subsequent interview, which may be conducted by phone if necessary.

Applicants will be notified regarding final decisions by April 10, 2020

Why Nova SBE?

Five reasons to choose this Ph.D

International academic standards
Our 4-year program follows international best practices and aims at taking students to the frontier of knowledge in their field. This is achieved through a sequence of general advanced courses, during the first year, and field courses, during the second year. You’ll take part in our exciting research environment from the end of the first year when you are expected to start conducting your own research.

Training experience
Faculty members at Nova SBE are experienced in advanced training, specifically in advising doctoral students. 

Research excellence
A series of research workshops get students acquainted with the research agenda of the faculty in the first year. From then on, students can present their work and get feedback from faculty members who work in several of our knowledge centers.

International network
We take particular interest in the internationalization of the candidates’ research network. Candidates spend at least one semester abroad and can benefit from several exchange agreements in place.

Effective placement
Our faculty is actively involved in the placement of Ph.D. students. Our recent graduates obtain positions in prestigious international institutions, as well as Portuguese higher-education and public institutions.

Knowledge Centers

We believe that knowledge development is an important way of evolving into a more enlightened society. Our Knowledge Centers combine expertise with diversity and interdisciplinary research, answering important questions, both for today’s and tomorrow’s society.

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For our students

Welcome, fellow researchers

At Nova SBE, we are committed to training Ph.D. students to become highly qualified independent researchers. Our Ph.D. graduates are familiar with the state-of-the-art of both theoretical and empirical tools in economics and finance, regularly interacting with international scholars, which allows them to push the frontier of research and provide evidence-based policy recommendations. 

Our Ph.D. candidates are integrated into the research projects of our faculty, as we believe that the quality of our doctoral training and that of our research are intimately connected.

Nova SBE has a high degree of internationalization that is reflected in research publications, co-authorships, and integration in top research networks. Nova SBE faculty has members from almost 30 nationalities. We offer a tenure-track system and recruit in the international job market on a systematic basis. Joining Nova SBE is a passport to the exciting experience of living in Lisbon, where a fantastic climate intersects with a unique history and great hospitality.

We look forward to welcoming you at Nova SBE!

Fernando Anjos
Director, Ph.D. in Economics | Finance

What’s in it for you?
Be one of us

What’s in it for you?

Our Ph.D. students benefit from an exciting research environment as members of our Research Unit, get support in applying for funding and preparing for the job market, have access to free materials and an important research infrastructure (Social Sciences DataLab), and have weekly seminars with invited speakers from top international schools, research group workshops, acess to Summer Schools, regular meetings, and paper development workshops.

European Doctorate in Economics Erasmus Mundus

European Doctorate in Economics Erasmus Mundus

Nova SBE participates in a Consortium with seven leading European institutions that joined forces to offer a three-year doctoral program. Some of our Ph.D. students participate in this program, which allows them to gain international experience working within the research units of Universiteit Van Amsterdam (Netherlands), Universität Bielefeld (Germany), Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), and Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Italy).

Come and meet your new destination

Come and meet your new destination


Find out all about how your life will be at Nova SBE.



Contact us

Your future career waits at Nova SBE. Let us help you pursue your dreams. The Research Office is glad to answer all your questions about the experience of studying in a Ph.D. program at Nova School of Business & Economics.

Monday to Friday, from 9:30am - 1pm 

Phone: (+351) 213 801 640


Improving Quality of Care in Europe

Improving Quality of Care in Europe

Nova SBE participates in a European Training Network (ETN) conducted by seven academic partners who belong to the largest and most prestigious health economic centers in Europe, and each partner will take the lead in the respective area of strength.

We currently host 2 Ph.D. students under the supervision of Prof. Pedro Pita Barros with the following themes: “Competition and quality of care in primary care” and “Impact of economic crisis on health, quality of care and demand.” 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 721402


I would like to thank Nova SBE for their unique research environment and the opportunity to present my work abroad, where I got acquainted with top researchers in my field.

Vladimir Otrachshenko,
Ph.D. Nova SBE 2013,
Junior Researcher at Fondazione Enrico Mattei