FAQ This page serves to answer general questions that may arise for you as a prospective PiF student. What is the profile of candidates that you are looking for in the admission process? We welcome excellent graduates of Master's programmes in finance, business administration, economics, mathematics, physics, or engineering. Applicants whose native language is not English shall provide evidence of an adequate command of the English language unless they have obtained a degree for an English-language Master programme. When can I start the PiF programme? PiF students can start the programme either in the fall semester or in the spring semester. Administrative enrollment deadline for the upcoming fall semester is April 30, while it is November 30 for the following spring semester. How can I finance my Ph.D. studies? Most PiF students are employed as research assistants at the University of St. Gallen. Positions offered are typically between 35 and 70 percent of a full-time position. This corresponds to a gross salary of around 30 to 60k Swiss Francs per year which should cover most of your living costs. Ph.D. students often apply first to one of these positions and then apply to the PiF programme. Open positions can be found through the Job Portal of the University of St. Gallen. However, students are also encouraged to apply to the PiF programme if no appropriate positions are currently available. Unfortunately, there are no internal scholarships for PiF students currently available. Depending where you come from, there are several organisations which offer various external scholarships: Swiss Government Institute of International Education Fulbright programme German DAAD Is it possible to work (externally) during my Ph.D. studies? We appreciate that many graduate students work part-time during their doctoral studies and that this is necessary to support themselves. Realistically part-time commitments should, at least in the coursework stage, be less than 40 percent of a student's total time. The programme committee does not consider a job to be an important reason to grant an extension of the deadline for handing in the research proposal. Is it possible to do an exchange during the PiF programme? Yes, it is possible - several PiF students spent one or two semesters abroad. Research visits at foreign universities are usually discussed individually with your supervisor. How long do the Ph.D. studies take? Students take about three to five years to earn their degree. What is the type of doctoral thesis in the PiF programme? The Ph.D. thesis is written in English as a cumulative thesis. It consists of at least three articles that represent the quality standards of international refereed journals. At least one of the articles has to be single-authored by the Ph.D. candidate.