GSF in brief

GSF is a joint initiative of Aalto University, Hanken School of Economics, Lappeenranta University of Technology, University of Oulu, University of Turku and University of Vaasa. The main objective of the GSF is to promote high quality doctoral education in finance in Finland by organizing advanced level doctoral courses, seminars and workshops. GSF offers a well structured teaching program for obtaining a Ph.D. degree in Finance for students of the member Universities.

Approximately 10 students start annually the 4 year PhD program. One and a half years at the beginning of the doctoral studies are devoted mostly to intensive course work that is then followed by research for the PhD dissertation.

Majority of the graduated doctors enter the academic world and the rest pursue careers in the private sector. Recent academic placements include assistant professorship positions at Imperial College London, Catholic University of Lisbon, Stockholm University, London Business School and Audencia School of Management in Nantes.

GSF is also a host institution of the Nordic Finance Network (NFN), which is a network of research and doctoral training in finance. NFN promotes doctoral education by cooperating in organizing intensive finance PhD courses and workshops for Nordic PhD students and junior faculty. In total, NFN consists of 13 member universities from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.