Ph.D. in Management

2nd Round Application

Candidates who wish to apply for a PhD in Management can send their applications via the Nova SBE application tool. The application is open for non-funded position but there are other funding opportunities. You can view the list of work and funding opportunities here. Other funding opportunities may become available in the next months.


Applicants should hold a Master’s. Your degree can be in any field (e.g., the sciences, arts, and humanities), but if you do not have previous coursework in business studies, your supervisor may require additional coursework (at Nova SBE or elsewhere). If you do not have a Master’s, you can still be admitted to the Ph.D. program as long as you finish a Master’s (or equivalent) en route.


All documents submitted should be in English language.

Required documents

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Transcript of records of undergraduate and graduate degrees with full list of courses and grades. Candidates who have not yet finished their graduate program should provide a certificate of enrolment with, if available, the full list of grades achieved to date. (Also accepted in Portuguese language);
  • Recommendations in the form of two letters of reference, which should be sent directly by referees (as explained in the Online Application Instructions available at the application platform);
  • Letter of intent including the following topics:
    - why you wish to do a Ph.D. at NovaSBE;
    - what you would like to study;
    - who you would like to work with as supervisor(s);
    - your career goals after the Ph.D.;
    - your financial circumstances and how you hope to support yourself;
    - any funding requirements you may have.
  • Sample Research Proposal (up to 6000 words);
  • Certificate of results for the GRE (Graduate Records of Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). Results should not be older than three years. Applicants who hold, or will shortly hold, a Nova SBE Master’s degree are not required to submit GRE results.

Optional documents

  • Candidates with foreign degrees can have them recognized in Portugal and with their final grade converted to the national scale. Please see the DGES website for more information. If you applied for the document, and cannot receive it by deadline, please inform us at including the confirmation of request. 
  • Other Research Samples. This is in addition to the sample research proposal above. It can be any technical/professional report that you have written by yourself or are the lead contributor to (ex. Master Thesis);
  • English language certificate. Test results should not be older than three years.

PhD Applications

Applications for the 2022/23 intake are open from 1 December 2021 until 31 January 2022.

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 2022.

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 and Wednesday, from 2pm - 5pm

Phone: (+351) 213 801 640



The doctoral program allows us to be immersed in distinctive research culture and collaborate with faculty members who encourage us to pursue our own research.


Maria João Velez,
PH.D. in Management.