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School/CompanyRennes School of Business
Job TitlePhD Student
Address2, rue Robert d'Abrissel
CityRENNES Cedex
Job categoryAcademic
Career level[not specified]
Job typeFull-Time
SalaryScholarship 20400 euros a year
Job description

The Rennes School of Business PhD programme integrates students into a rich and varied academic environment over 3 years, exposing them to top level research in their chosen discipline. The programme uses a mix of specialised teaching and research activities to enable students to acquire specialist knowledge in their domain, preparing them for an outstanding career in their domain.  We are seeking to recruit 3 or 4 excellent students on to the programme in September 2023.


The mission of the PhD programme is to enable participants to develop the necessary research and analytical skills to bring a valuable contribution to their area of academic expertise. Over the three years of the programme, participants are prepared for international, research-driven academic careers or research positions in multinational companies, organisations or institutions.

5 reasons to join the programme:

  1. Join an animated and varied research community of PhD, post-doctoral students and academic researchers who regularly publish in top peer-reviewed academic journals.
  2. Join our international research networks with partner universities around the world.
  3. Become a specialist in your domain and achieve excellence in one of our 5 research areas: Artificial Intelligent-Driven Business, Agribusiness,  Green, Digital and Demand-driven Supply Chain Management,  Rethinking Tomorrow’s Organisation,  Financial & Corporate Outcomes.
  4. Benefit from seminars and workshops delivered by world-class academics.
  5. Join a triple-accredited business school (EQUIS, AACSB, AMBA) ranked among the Top 10 in France for international attractiveness and the quality of its Faculty.


The PhD programme has a standard duration of 36 months for full-time students. It is structured around methods and specialised courses as well as various formats to acquire the best academic skills.

Foundation and two methods courses

  • Preparing for a Successful PhD Experience and Beyond
  • Advanced quantitative methods
  • Advanced qualitative methods


“RSB Expertise” sessions

Bi-monthly 1h30 sessions delivered by RSB faculty and invited speakers in three areas

  • RSB Topics: Theory, results, hot topics
  • RSB Methods: Specific research technique, approach, design or method
  • RSB Soft Skills: Preparation for succeeding in academia


Supervision and personal work

Most of your time will be spent under close supervision by a member of RSB faculty, developing your own research and preparing your final thesis. Over 50% of research active faculty have PhD supervision experience at RSB and in French and European universities. The doctoral students are distributed across the five thematic programs. Each student benefits from a scientific trio (one member of the RSB research faculty, one co-supervisor from the partnering university and the programme director of the Research Group) with the support of the PhD administrative team.

Annual PhD workshop

Students present their work (March/April) for discussion and feedback with a panel of other students and academics from RSB or externally. Students can use the discussion and feedback to inform their Annual Progress Review (APR) documents. Participation in the annual workshop and APR is mandatory for continued registration.


The Research Lab and the research centers run a regular series of seminars during term time: Attendance at seminars relevant to the student’s research and/or organized by the relevant the research center is strongly encouraged.

Conferences, Conferences Funding and Training Course Funding

Students are encouraged to present their work to national and international conferences. Funds are made available to support students to attend conferences and specialized courses.


Postgraduate Teaching or Research Assistant

The opportunity is available for PhD students to be employed as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA) to assist in the running of undergraduate student lectures and tutorials from Year 2 onwards. In addition to contribute to skills development, this experience is a valuable addition to their CV as future academics.

Dual degrees

Building on the international orientation of RSB, the PhD programme is currently extending and developing partnerships with other institutions to foster exchanges and to provide an even more diverse academic environment. So far, PhD university partnerships have been developed with University of Strasbourg, IMT, INRAe and Supaero (France), University College Dublin, Dublin City University (Ireland), University of Linköping (Sweden).

Rennes School of Business PhD students

There are currently 13 students on the PhD programme, with 9 different nationalities supervised by our international faculty. Visiting PhD students also join our programme from around the world (Spain, Italy, China), increasing the rich exchanges and opportunities for collaboration.

Examples of peer-reviewed journals in which PhD students have published: Applied Economics, European Financial Management, Journal of Asia Business Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Strategy, Information & Management, Strategic Change, etc.

Examples of professional positions of former PhD students: Professors at Audencia, Burgundy Business School, ESSCA, Grenoble School of Management, NEOMA, RSB, Toulouse Business School(France), Professor Universidad Industrial Santander (Spain), Burapha University (Thailand), Financial Engineer Researcher, Hundsun (China), Investment advisor, Anatolia Capital (Turkey).


Timeline 2023 for a start in September 2023

ApplicationsApplication ReviewResults
January 02 – March 31April 15April 30



To be eligible you must have obtained merit or distinction in your Master’s level degree in Business, Management or a related discipline (e.g. economics, law) from a reputed university or higher education institution. Applicants from other academic backgrounds must provide written justification for how their previous work or experience has prepared them to join one of the research centers’ specialized research orientations.

English proficiency required (native speaker, previous degrees taught entirely in English (min. 3 years), or TOEFL >80/IELTS>6.5/TOEIC>60)

Evidence of ability to support yourself financially for 3 years for self-funded applicants.

How to Apply

Apply online (

Candidates should provide all documents required using the link above before March 31, 2023. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Before starting we remind you that you will need to provide a short research proposal linked to one of the Research Center orientations, and with a proposed RSB supervisor.


RSB PhD programme waives all tuition fees to attract the best candidates.

Administrative fees: €1000 per year (for non-RSB scholarship holders only).

Registration fee: €500 per year for all students.


Scholarships: RSB offers two scholarships of €20 400 net per year to excellent students for specific projects. To apply for these scholarships you should consult the current calls section n the PhD website page, or contact a professor from RSB ( to discuss potential projects with them before applying. Students may also apply for external 3-year scholarship from a company, governmental or academic institution. Examples of information on national or international PhD funding bodies :


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Expiry date2023/03/31