We are extremely happy to announce that the WU has successfully started a “Doctoral Program in International Business Taxation” (DIBT) and is going into its 4th year. This PhD program is a 3-year-program, offered in English only and it is open to outstanding students from all over the world who are interested in an excellent doctoral education preparing them for doing research in international business taxation. The Doctoral Program provides high-quality interdisciplinary training for graduates in the field of international taxation including and combining the disciplines of public finance, international tax law and cross border tax management. Although students will write their doctoral thesis in their own discipline (law, business, public finance, economic psychology,…) they will be exposed to intensive interdisciplinary discussions during their stay in Vienna. From opening traditional tax training to other disciplines like economic psychology, history, political science, ethics, legal philosophy as well as organizational behavior and decision making (always in the context of taxation) a broadening of horizons and a more comprehensive approach to research questions is expected. Best possible standards in both research and teaching are guaranteed by a faculty of renowned scholars, who have published in the most prominent journals of their respective research fields and have proven willingness and ability to do interdisciplinary research. The most distinguished professors in tax law, business administration and public finance are either on the faculty of this program or have agreed to teach courses, give workshops or to discuss research ideas and preliminary research results with the PhD students in Vienna. Students will be integrated in the research activities of the WU institutes dealing with taxation issues.

During the first year students will be required to attend comprehensive coursework at the most to provide the basic knowledge necessary for interdisciplinary working. The second and the third year will be dedicated to seminars in related fields, a research stay abroad, additional optional workshops, and especially to research on the thesis. Throughout the three years, a research seminar will accompany the students.

We will admit a very limited number of students every year. For them the tuition will be completely waived. For a certain number of students we will be even able to provide funding for the three years stays at WU in Vienna!

Enclosed is a poster and info-sheet about the program. Please help us spread the news at your university as you may have contact with promising students. We would kindly ask that you forward the info-sheet to them. Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2014 for the upcoming academic year 2014/15.

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