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He received his Ph.D. from Ankara University in 1974, with a thesis entitled “1588-1596 Yılları Arasında Ankara ve Konya Şehirlerinin Mukayeseli İncelenmesi Yoluyla Osmanlı Şehir Müesseseleri ve Sosyo-Ekonomik Yapısı Üzerinde Bir Deneme” (A Research on Ottoman Urban Institutions and their Socio-Economic Structures via a Comparison between Ankara and Konya in between 1588-1596). Prior to joining Bilkent University, Prof. Ergenç taught at Ankara University. He is a member of Turkish Historical Society (Türk Tarih Kurumu), History Foundation (Tarih Vakfı) and of TÜBİTAK, SOBAG (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Group). He is currently working on TÜSOKTAR (A Database Preparation on Social, Economic and Cultural History of Turkey) Project of Turkish Historical Society.