WHU Doctoral Scholarships in Management Accounting and Control

Target Group

We invite excellent students (f/m/d) from around the world seeking a career in a leading academic institution to apply for the scholarship and to pursue their doctoral studies in the areas of management accounting, management control, or strategy execution at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. We focus on theory-driven research using quantitative and/or qualitative empirical methods and are particularly fascinated by the effects of information technology and globalization on the transformation of our field. Students will not only benefit from adequate financial support but also from the stimulating learning and research environment at the Institute of Management Accounting and Control (IMC, www.whu.edu/controlling). The program language is English.

About WHU and the Institute of Management Accounting and Control

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management is a privately funded business school based in Vallendar/Koblenz and Düsseldorf. It is a leading business school in Germany and continuously ranked among the top business schools in Europe. WHU doctoral graduates in management accounting are among the most productive young researchers in Europe. In the annual ranking of PhD programs based on graduates’ research productivity in the years immediately following graduation, the IMC currently ranks No. 1 in Europe in the area of management accounting. Graduates have accepted positions at Rotterdam School of Management, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, HEC Paris, ESSEC Paris, HEC Lausanne, Copenhagen Business School, University of Kassel, University of Düsseldorf, University of Innsbruck, University of Witten-Herdecke, and Michigan State University.

Program Description

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must fulfill the criteria to be enrolled in the doctoral program of WHU. Unless financed by other sources, they can expect to receive full funding by scholarships. In their first year, students attend an intensive set of core courses covering different theories and methods as well as philosophy of science. In addition, students select electives depending on their research specialization. The courses provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to engage in their own research. During the thesis-writing phase, students benefit from a strong interaction with their dissertation committee and other faculty members. Students also meet internationally renowned scholars who are invited to present their research projects in our WHU research seminars and doctoral colloquiums held at WHU. In addition, students are encouraged to spend a semester at a university abroad during their studies. Opportunities for such mobility are manifold due to the faculty’s large network of researchers and business schools around the world. 


Applications (via email to carsten.lucass@whu.edu) must contain the following documents: letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, and supporting documents. In addition, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with a test score of minimum 660 is required for consideration for admission. In particular, applicants must hold a Master’s degree in business or economic studies, or another related field. Applications will be accepted throughout the year and are even welcome before being awarded the degree, in which case an official preliminary grade report and the estimated date of graduation should be provided. German language skills are not required.




Carsten Lucaß

Office Manager
Controlling & HR


Please send your application via email to:

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Attn.: Dr. Carsten Lucaß

Email: carsten.lucass@whu.edu