PhD

How to Apply

BI welcomes applications from all over the world! We currently have approximately 20 different nationalities in our PhD programme. BI has announcements for open scholarships at the end of every year with a deadline early the following year.

Announcements may be found under vacant positions and linked from the doctoral website.

Your PhD application should always contain the following:

  • Certificate of a Master of Science degree or equivalent, please include transcripts of grades
  • Other relevant certificates and transcripts
  • A project/ research proposal (5-10 pages including topic, proposed method, schedule) or sometimes the announcement will ask for a detailed list of research interests instead
  • Documentation of the funding for the full programme period (4 years)
  • CV
  • Verification document
  • Minimum 2 letters of recommendations from relevant employers/tutors providing evidence of your skills as a researcher
  • A milestone / research plan
  • Certificates from previously completed courses at the doctoral level, if requesting approval of these for the PhD programme at BI Norwegian Business School (see last section of ยง 3.1.1 in our PhD Regulations)
  • A complete list of all publications and/or other documented relevant activities

All applications must be submitted electronially through an online application form, and not through e-mail. If you use the wrong application form your application will not reach the correct department and will not be considered. We do not require a paper version of your application. We are not able to return any documents sent to us by post.

For certain announcements BI will ask for GRE /GMAT test and TOEFL / IELTS. If we are requesting this it will be clearly stated in the announcement.

Please note that students are admitted on the PhD Programme by BI and not by individual faculty members. It is essential that you should not assume that you can be offered admission to the programme on the basis of your informal contacts with faculty members.

Should you require further information or have questions regarding the application process please contact the PhD Administration at phd@bi.no.