Handelshøyskolen BI Institutt for samfunnsøkonomi - Department of Economics

PhD candidates in economics - Project within experimental economics

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BI Norwegian Business School http://www.bi.edu/research/doctoral-programme/ offers a four-year Ph.D. programme in economics, where students are trained to perform high quality scientific research, making use of economic theory and state of the art econometric methods. The Department of Economics has a strong research oriented faculty. There are currently 52 faculty members, including 13 Professors, 16 Associate Professors and 3 Assistant Professors.

We are offering a PhD position in Economics with emphasis on Experimental Economics. The successful applicant will be working within a project on Bargaining and efficiency, jointly funded by BI Norwegian Business School and the Research Council of Norway (“Toppforsk”). The project group consists of internationally merited researchers within the fields of game theory and experimental economics. For questions regarding the position, contact Professor Leif Helland (leif.helland@bi.no).

The doctoral programme is an important element of the department’s research agenda and of BI’s vision to become one of the leading research business schools in Europe. The selected candidates will be working closely with the faculty and will join a group of PhD candidates in the department. Students are expected to participate actively in research seminars and workshops. Their place of work will be at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo.

A PhD from BI can be a gateway to prestigious placements at universities and research institutions around the world. We encourage and support our candidates at the international job market. Recent graduates of BI's economics PhD programme have been hired by, for example, Université Libre de Bruxelles, University of Nottingham, University of Uppsala, Shandong University, and the Norwegian Central Bank.

Eligible applicants must have completed a Master of Science degree with thesis work, a research masters/M.phil degree, or a comparable degree relevant for the specialization in Economics by the early autumn of 2018, with a grade point average of B or higher. An MBA degree does not fulfill the requirements for admission.  

The four-year scholarship is set according to the Norwegian State Salary Scale, and currently pays NOK 467.500, - annually. The position is linked to The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (Statens Pensjonskasse). The scholarship involves 25% teaching responsibilities. If applicants are otherwise equally qualified, female applicants will be given preference. 

The application must be submitted electronically only by using the "Send Application" button on the right hand side in this announcement. No e-mail applications or hard copy applications will be accepted. 

You are required to upload the following electronically with your application:

  • Certificate of a Master of Science degree or equivalent, please include transcript of grades
  • Certificate of a Bachelor degree or equivalent, please include transcript of grades.'A Diploma Supplement or a similar document describing in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree: http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/diploma-supplement_en.htm
  • Other relevant certificates and transcripts CV
  • Test scores GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS (if these are not sent directly by the test centre)
  • Signed verification document. Template to be found here: :https://www.bi.edu/globalassets/jason/verification-document-to-be-filled-out.doc
  • A description of research interests (and potential research projects)
  • A milestone plan outlining your planned course work and thesis work in accordance with the requirements of the department https://at.bi.no/EN/full-time-programmes/phd/course-plans/economics.  Template to be found here: https://www.bi.edu/globalassets/jason/milestoneplan.doc
  • Letters of recommendations from relevant employers/tutors providing evidence of your skills as a researcher (a minimum of 2 letters)
  • 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 § 2-1 in our Ph.D. Regulations)

A complete list of all publications and/or other documented relevant research activitiesPlease note that all the above documents must be uploaded in the electronic application. Documents may not be submitted by e-mail or hard copy. Furthermore, note that any documents forwarded after the application deadline will not be considered. Exceptions will only be made for students who are completing their master’s degree in 2018 and do not have a final certificate when applying. Please note that you will not be able to revise your application once it has been submitted. BI Norwegian Business School (Doctoral Administration) must receive the following from the test centre, or in the case of previously taken tests scanned and uploaded along with the application.;


We require that all applicants, except those who hold a master degree from an institution inside the European Economic Area/the European Union or Switzerland, submit results from GMAT or GRE tests.

We will need percentile scores and raw scores for the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing sections of the GRE or GMAT to consider your application. Incomplete sections or partial scores are not sufficient to consider your application. Arrange to have official score reports sent directly to BI.

A "good score" is generally considered to be 85% and higher. However, there is no minimum cutoff score for the GRE/GMAT in order for your application to be reviewed.


Applicants must take either TOEFL or IELTS. The minimum standards for test scores acceptable for admission are:

  • TOEFL – a total score of 575 points for the written test or 233 for the computer-based version or 90 points on the internet based test
  • IELTS – a score of 6.5

Exemptions are made for applicants:

  • whose native language is English 
  • who have two years or more of higher education where the language of instruction was English
  • from a country which is a member of the EU/EEA and/or the Council of Europe/UNESCO-Cepes who have English as the first foreign language taken over a period of at least 7 years in primary school, secondary school and upper secondary education

Under certain circumstances, applicants may request a waiver for the TOEFL or IELTS when applying for admission. To request a TOEFL/IELTS waiver, the applicant must submit a waiver form.

TOEFL / IETLS scores must be from within the last two years. The codes for BI Norwegian Business School are as follows:

GMAT 0529
TOEFL 0529
GRE 7365

For IELTS we accept copies as long as the TRF number is visible.

Kindly note that all documents (including GRE, GMAT, TOEFL and IELTS tests) need to have reached the Doctoral Administration by the deadline stated in this announcement in order to be considered.

Candidates may, at a later stage, be asked to forward further information and/or be called in for an interview. Candidates who are accepted for the programme must provide a more detailed progress plan with milestones and courses for the four years of study.

Information about the doctoral programme and admission requirements can be obtained from the doctoral administration at BI Norwegian Business School. E-mail:phd@bi.no


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