Call for Applications: Doctoral Scholarships in the International Doctoral Program "Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business"

The Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics (WCGE) hosts the international doctoral program “Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business” (ERL). For admissions in October/November 2021, the program will award


financed by the Karl Schlecht Foundation (KSG). The scholarships include a monthly living stipend of 1,350 € and research allowance of 100 €. In total, up to seven new members of the doctoral program will be accepted. Further candidates will be assisted with applying for other doctoral scholarships, for examples by putting them forward for doctoral scholarship by the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw). It is also possible to participate in the doctoral program without having a scholarship.

The program academically and financially supports doctoral candidates who develop scientifically well-founded and practically relevant answers to questions arising in the research areas of economic, corporate, and leadership ethics. It also gives them access to a broad scientific and professional network. The program is ideal for highly qualified, socially engaged, and globally thinking, active young scholars and practitioners from all over the world. For further information see:

The application deadline is APRIL 18, 2021.

Thematic Focus of the Program and the Scholarships

Business, corporate, and leadership ethics make up the research areas of the doctoral program. In particular, this program focusses on the framework for entrepreneurial value creation for the good of people, society, and the environment, on the responsibilities placed on companies and the social trust in companies and their decision makers, and on good leadership. For further information, see:

The dissertation projects of applicants must fit to the thematic focus of the doctoral program and the research interests of the supervising professors. Applicants should familiarize themselves with these research interests on the program’s website:

Prof. Dr. Markus Beckmann
Chair for Corporate Sustainability Management
Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility
University of Mannheim

Prof. Dr. Ingo Pies
Chair of Business Ethics
Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

Prof. Dr. Philipp Schreck
Friede-Springer Endowed Chair of Business Ethics and Management Accounting
Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

Prof. Dr. Andreas Suchanek
Dr. Werner Jackstädt Chair of Economic and Business Ethics
HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

Applicants’ dissertation topics can directly relate to one of the topics proposed by the supervising professors but are not limited to these topics.


An application comprises the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation (in English, max. 1000 words)

  • Personal data sheet (in German or English)

  • Academic reference letter

  • Exposé of research idea (in German or English; max. 5000 words)

  • Copies of bachelor´s, master’s, magister and/or diploma certificates (or a provisional certificate) with all individual grades that are relevant for the examination and final grade

  • Internship and employment certificates (if applicable)

  • Certification / proof of voluntary work (if applicable)

Further information about the conditions of entry, the selection criteria of the doctoral program, the award criteria of the scholarship, and the application procedure can be found on here .

Applicants should submit their application via the online application portal .