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

Applications for the 2024/25 intake are open from 1 November until 31 January.

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

Applicants will be notified regarding final decisions by email by mid-April.

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 designed a program that supports and trains students in conducting state-of-the-art research in theoretical and empirical areas of Economics and Finance.

By enrolling in our program you will become an active member of our research community. Our faculty have over different 25 nationalities and publish in international top journals on a wide array of topics. You can check our areas of expertise and our recent work here.

At Nova SBE, we host weekly research seminars where leading academics around the world present their undergoing work. Our university is also connected with other renowned research institutions, where students can spend a semester abroad as academic visitors, broadening their knowledge and network.

We hereby offer you the opportunity to become part of our unique international research community!

Alex Armand and Irem Demirci
Directors, PhD in Economics and 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.

Research Excellence


Work with and learn from our faculty of leading academics. Our international faculty is prominent for their academic expertise and publications in leading peer-reviewed journals. 

Come and meet your new destination

Come and meet your new destination

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


I would recommend this program to those who want to pursue research in economics as a career. The exchange semester put us in contact with the European and international academic network. In my experience, it helped me to broaden horizons of my research.

Mariia Murasheva, PhD Candidate in Economics and Finance (Environmental Economics)