Wanted: Junior Scientists!


The WIFU Foundation offers scholarships to support junior scientists in family business research. Through the allocation of PhD and Postdoc scholarships the WIFU foundation wants to promote research, education and teaching in the field of family entrepreneurship for science and practice.

PhD Scholarships

The holder of the PhD scholarship is responsible to develop a three year research project within Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU). The desired emphasis is in the field of Family Business Research. The PhD student will be part of the WIFU which is directly integrated into the Faculty of Management & Economics. The WIFU is one of the leading institutes in Germany and within Europe concerning research and education in the family business field.

The scholarship is financed by the WIFU foundation. The PhD student will be part of the WIFU research group and specifically develop his/her PhD thesis in accordance to the overall topic of one on-going research project.


Postdoc Scholarship

The postdoc scholar will be part of the WIFU research group and specifically develop his/her research focus in accordance with the major research field of this group. He/she will also work on different other service projects of the institute and support the head of the Chair for Business Administration & Family Entrepreneurship, Prof. Andrea Calabrò.

The scholar will be integrated in a large interdisciplinary team of fellow researchers. The graduation phase is planned to be about four years. An initial appointment will be restricted to a fixed term of one year. A special Commission made up by WIFU professors, Managing Director, and representatives of the WIFU Foundation will evaluate the progress and quality of the activities (in spring intermediate evaluation) and will decide whether to grant an additional year of scholarship.


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