The SEPT PhD program at Leipzig University offers excellent graduates from all over the world the opportunity of a further doctoral study in the field of International Entrepreneurship and Ecosystems, as well as in Innovation Systems and University Business Linkages.

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Research Program, Photo: Leipzig University

Doctorate Program

The International SEPT Competence Center offers graduates from all over the world the opportunity of further doctoral study at Leipzig University. The PhD students are able to conduct their research project in our two main research fields:

  • International Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems
  • Innovation Systems and University Business Linkages

The program relies on an interdisciplinary approach: it will give all participants the opportunity to become acquainted with various scholarly cultures through research activities conducted by international faculty and through research trips to partner institutions. PhD students will be given access to work facilities and computers - contingent on available funding - at the SEPT center.

PHD students, who wish to do so, may also take advantage of opportunities to teach and gain experience in academic management. Forums for the presentation of ongoing student research include doctoral student discussion groups and the Program's research seminars.

Admission

The ideal candidate for the SEPT PhD program must be highly qualified academically and have some relevant business experience. The total number of PhD students accepted each year depends on our capacity. Of this number, approximately 70% will be international, i.e. from outside of Germany.

Requirements

  • A university degree, at least Master level, from a reputable university
  • Broad knowledge of economic issues
  • Good knowledge of English (German skills are recommended but not mandatory)

Admission Process

Applications for admission should be submitted on an official application form (see Downloads). The official application form has to be sent along with the following required documents:

  • A comprehensive research proposal (as the detailed plan of your doctoral thesis)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certificates (officially authenticated copies, an officially authenticated translation into English or German, if applicable, accompanied by an explanation of the grading system)
  • All university diplomas and degree certificates indication the final grades
  • Language certificates, giving evidence of the applicant's level of proficiency in English and German at the time of application
  • Record of professional employment/practical work experience
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Letter of confirmation of scholarship-donor if applicable or the status of the application's procedure (i.e. copy of a letter of application)
  • The research proposal is a very important part of the application. The structure required for a proposal is obtainable from SEPT directly or as a download. The quality of the proposal is the decisive factor for student admission. Please return your application via email to the following address: sept(at)uni-leipzig.de

 

There are no study fees in our PhD program. Please calculate living expenses of about EUR 861 per month in Germany (including health insurance). A semester fee for the Studentenwerk Leipzig is mandatory. By paying this amount, you will have access to the students' refectories and cafeterias and gives you the right to apply for a room in the dorms.

Scholarships

SEPT has a keen interest in attracting a student body composed of talented individuals from around the globe. We cannot offer direct financial aid in form of scholarships, but we are willing to support excellent applicants in the process to obtain a scholarship from DAAD and other German foundations.

Doctoral Candidates

 Alireza Ansari

Alireza Ansari

PhD Student

Ritterstraße 9-13
04109 Leipzig

Telephone +40 341 97-33761

 Yi Zhang

Yi Zhang

PhD Student

Ritterstraße 9-13
04109 Leipzig

Telephone +49 341 97-39762

 Gunnar Kaßberg

Gunnar Kaßberg

PhD Student

Ritterstraße 9-13
04109 Leipzig

Telephone +49 341 97-33760

 Akeel Sandouk

Akeel Sandouk

PhD Student

Ritterstraße 9-13
04109 Leipzig

Telephone +49 341 97-39763

 Isaac Yrigoyen

Isaac Yrigoyen

PhD Student

Ritterstraße 9-13
04109 Leipzig

Telephone +49 341 97-39762

 Prince Oppong

Prince Oppong

PhD Student

Ritterstraße 9-13
04109 Leipzig

Telephone +49 341 97-39762

 Bismark Agyei

Bismark Agyei

PhD Student

Ritterstraße 9-13
04109 Leipzig

Telephone +49 341 97-39763

 Ralph Nyadu-Addo

Ralph Nyadu-Addo

PhD Student

Ritterstraße 9-13
04109 Leipzig

Telephone +49 341 97 39 762

 Christopher Boafo

Christopher Boafo

PhD Student

Ritterstraße 9-13
04109 Leipzig

Telephone +49 341 97-39762

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Hermine Sossouhounto

PhD Student

Ritterstraße 9-13
04109 Leipzig

Telephone +49 341 97-39762

 Phuong Nguyen

Phuong Nguyen

FIT4export

German House, Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam

Telephone +84 28 3622 2812

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Thanh Nguyen Tuan

FIT4Export

Phenikaa University, Hanoi
Vietnam

Telephone +84 971 623 130

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