Call for PhD Applications: Doctoral Program “Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business”

The Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics (WCGE) hosts the Doctoral Program “Ethics and
Responsible Leadership in Business” (ERL). For admissions in November/December 2020,
the program will award up to SIX DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIPS.

The application deadline is APRIL 26, 2020

The scholarships are financed by the Karl Schlecht Foundation (KSG) and by the Stiftung
der Deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw). The scholarship includes a monthly living stipend of
1,350 € and a membership in the doctoral program with an access to a broad scientific
and professional network.

The international doctoral 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. The
doctoral program is ideal for highly qualified, socially engaged, and globally thinking,
active young scholars and practitioners from all over the world. For further information

The application deadline is APRIL 26, 2020

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.

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. 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)

Applicants should submit their application via the online application portal: