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Admissions to the HEC PhD Program are very selective. Therefore, at HEC Paris, we commit to offering our students the conditions under which they can do their research at the highest academic level. This includes financing through a five‐year cost of living scholarship and full tuition waiver as well as financial support for conference presentations, research visiting positions, job market events nad ad-hoc funding for research projects.

Every PhD student benefits from the below funding opportunities for up to 5 years.

Cost of living Scholarships 

Each PhD Student benefits from the HEC Foundation cost of living Scholarships without any selection criteria of origin or academic background.The cost of living Scholarship is not tied to a research assistantship. Therefore, TA/RA and teaching...

Tuition fees 

HEC provides a full tuition waiver to all its PhD students without condition of academic background or origin.

Research Visits and Conferences 

An integral part of the HEC Paris PhD experience is the emphasis on a visiting research period and academic conference presentations. The PhD Office funds these activities in accordance with the program regulations.

 Research and teaching assistantships RA/TA

At HEC Paris we do not require from our PhD students to work as TA/RA as part of the scholarship although this can be a very valuable experience and provides an additional source of income.


HEC PhD students are members of the GREGHEC, which is a joint research center between HEC and CNRS. The GREGHEC attributes a significant part of its budget to PhD research projects to support needs for financial support.

The HEC Foundation

Created in 1972 by the Alumni Association, the HEC Foundation’s mission is to support the ambitions of HEC Paris, through the funding of scholarships for advanced research, innovative teaching tools and programs to support the internationalization of...

Special Fellowships

HEC Paris invites applications for Special PhD Fellowship in the Strategy and Business Policy specialization.

HEC Paris invites applications for a Special PhD Fellowship in the Strategy and Business Policy Department. The Special Fellowship is aimed at stimulating ground-breaking academic research investigating organizational purpose. 


"Purposeful Leadership"

The Project

You will be working in the Society & Organizations (S&O) center with the team of researchers of the Joly Family Chair in Purposeful Leadership, held by Professor Rodolphe Durand.

The Research Group

The S&O center is an internationally acclaimed center for its research on inclusive economy, ecological transition, and purposeful leadership. The center’s research impact is well acknowledged with international awards and regular economic and business press coverage. The center also innovates in the classroom (flipped classroom, online courses, on-site experiences, etc.).

Your Contribution

We seek to find candidates with a strong appetite for research about the notions of purpose and performance, which a recent trend in field of management research associates together. Purposeful leadership is the discursive elaboration and practical implementation of sense-giving by leaders throughout multiple organizational layers. CEOs and executive teams worldwide find that purposeful leadership provides the organization with a series of advantages such as trust, resilience, and operational efficiency. However, research has approached the phenomenon as an example of moral leadership without paying enough attention to the conditions leading to its supposed advantages. Multiple questions emerge around this relationship between purpose and performance, and we’re looking for candidates willing to elucidate them with us. 


The PhD typically takes 5 years to complete. After a successful doctorate, you will have excellent chances for a scientific career at top Universities. Professor Durand has placed his PhD students at Aalto University, Bocconi, Cambridge Judge Business School, IESE Business School, University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of Lugano and University of Western Ontario Ivey Business School.   

The Fellowship

This Special Fellowship awards 20.000€ spread over the 5 years of study, subject to a satisfactory academic contribution to the Hubert Joly Purposeful Leadership chair. The Fellowship is offered in addition to the HEC Foundation PhD Research Fellow scholarship of 25.000€/year for a period of up to five years.

How to apply

The starting date for the PhD position is September 2023. To apply, you need to follow the regular PhD application process at HEC Paris and add an additional personal statement for this specific Fellowship. Learn more here. Please note that French language skills are not required.

A question?

For general information, contact the PhD office,

For project-related questions, please contact Professor Rodolphe Durand
Strategy and Business Policy and founder of the S&O center,