Ph.D. in Finance (with the SFI)

The finance PhD program at the Geneva Finance Research Institute is one of the finest and most competitive programs in the world.

From sustainable finance, asset pricing, and neurofinance, to alternative investments and philanthropy, GFRI’s doctoral students delve into some of the most pressing and relevant topics in the field of finance.

Our faculty members are ranked #1 in Europe based on publications in top finance journals (CFAR Ranking). They are award-winning top researchers and the leading experts in their fields. 


The University of Geneva is a partner of the Swiss Finance Institute (a private foundation created by Switzerland's banking and Finance community in cooperation with leading Swiss universities) and as such, the GFRI’s research and activities are aligned with those carried out by the SFI. Moreover, our doctoral education is integrated into the SFI Leman doctoral program in Finance and our professors are all affiliated to Swiss Finance Institute.

The Swiss Finance Institute PhD Program in Finance targets academic excellence. By providing an intellectual environment and curriculum comparable with the top PhD programs in Europe and North America. The PhD program operates at the three Swiss Finance Institute campuses in Geneva/Lausanne (Léman), Lugano and Zurich.

The curriculum comprises two phases: one preparatory year of intensive coursework followed by three years of advanced studies and research. The Program covers a wide range of subjects including Economics, Financial Economics, Corporate Finance, Mathematical Finance, and Econometrics. All courses are taught by internationally renowned academics from Switzerland, Europe, and North America. The Program offers the ideal framework for inspiring and successful PhD studies in Finance.

Applicants should have a strong interest in research activities and the desire to pursue an academic career or a finance research career within the public or private sector. Ideally an applicant's academic record will include a solid background in Economics as well as in Financial Mathematics although a missing prerequisite course might be takens at the beginning of the PhD program.


Recent PhD placements


For more information please contact Ms. Sandy Haldimann at:  Sandy.Haldimann(at)