For admissions in October/November 2022, the doctoral program “Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business” will accept up to six new doctoral students. The application deadline is April 17, 2022.


The membership in the doctoral program "Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business" offers a wide range of opportunities for academic and professional exchange and networking, for example in the context of field projects with companies and NGOs and through regular discussions with experts from academia and practice. The study program promotes the research activities of the doctoral students thematically and methodologically, helps them to become aware of questions of theory-practice transfer, and broadens their research horizons.The close exchange between the doctoral students is ensured by regular events such as monthly jour fixe, work on joint projects and multi-day writing retreats.
Also, up to four doctoral scholarships financed by the Karl Schlecht Foundation (KSG) will be awarded. The scholarship includes a monthly stipend of 1,350 € and research allowance of 100 €. 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).

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 the professors’ research interests on the program’s website:

  • Prof. Dr. Markus Beckmann
    Chair for Corporate Sustainability Management
    Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Prof. Dr. Ingo Pies
    Chair of Economic 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


An application comprises the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation (in English, max. 1000 words)
  • Personal data sheet/CV (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 only via the online application portal.

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 here.

The Call for Papers can be found here.