Doctoral Program in International Business Taxation


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Program Description

Doctoral Program in International Business Taxation

The Doctoral Program in International Business Taxa­tion (DIBT) offers an excellent doctoral education to outstanding students from all over the world, fully preparing them to conduct research on international business taxation. DIBT 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.

DIBT focuses on high-quality academic education and internationally competitive research. It is aimed at the future elite of scholars and provides interdisciplinary training in the taxation of enterprises‘ cross-border activi­ties, drawing on and combining the core disciplines public finance, international tax law, and cross-border tax management. By then expanding tax training to non-traditional yet highly relevant disciplines such as economic psychology, history, political science, ethics, and legal philosophy as well as organizational behavior and decision making, a broadening of horizons and a more comprehensive approach to research questions is achieved.

Content and Structure

The program takes three years to complete and awards a Ph.D. degree to graduates. During the first year, participants acquire the basic knowledge necessary for working in an interdisciplinary manner. Building on this foundation, the second and third years are dedicated to seminars in related fields, a research stays abroad, additional optional workshops, and especially to doing research on a Ph.D. thesis. For the duration of the entire program, students attend an accompanying research seminar. All courses are taught in English.

Qualification Profile and Career Prospects

DIBT provides the opportunity to conduct research in the following areas:

-- Determination of taxable profit
-- Locational decisions
-- EU tax for businesses
-- International coordination of business taxation

Once admitted to DIBT, students can expect to obtain a top-quality education preparing them for a rewarding academic career or a highly specialized position in other, non-academic national or International institutions. DIBT‘s faculty is very well connected in the academic community and draws on extensive expertise to provide training for doctoral students and supervise their research.


Cutting-edge standards in both research and teaching are guaranteed by a faculty comprised of renowned scholars who have published in the most prominent journals of their respective research fields and have proven their willingness and ability to promote inter­disciplinary cooperation. The visiting professors, all internationally recognized leaders in their respec­tive fields, form an integral part of DIBT and add yet another dimension to the top-level academic educa­tion offered by DIBT.

Students will be introduced to the international scien­tific community and afforded various opportunities to build a network of their own. They will also become an integral part of the cutting-edge research team work­ing at WU in the fields of law, business, and economics.


The program is open to students from all countries, provided they hold a master or equivalent degree primarily in law, business, economics, psychology or, in exceptional cases, in other disciplines, if they have a sufficient background in taxation. Applications can be submitted using the online application tool. Please note that only applications submitted before the dead­line will be processed.

The admission process is over. Rolling admission for the academic year 2019/20 will start in the fall of 2018.

Financial Support

DIBT is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Only a small number of students can be admitted. For DIBT Collegiates tuition fees are waived. There is a limited number of grants avail­able to students in the amount of approximately € 2,050 per month (tax and social insurance will be deducted from this amount). WU always goes the extra mile to provide an ideal research environment for the selected students.

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

WU is a renowned public university of business and economics in Vienna, Austria. WU has an international outlook and is actively working to live up to its social responsibility as an educational insti ... Read More

WU is a renowned public university of business and economics in Vienna, Austria. WU has an international outlook and is actively working to live up to its social responsibility as an educational institution for the leaders of tomorrow. Read less