Applicants to Ph.D. Program in Economics

The next deadline for applications is 30th April, 2014.

IES offers two Ph.D. Programs in Economics, with and without a tuition fee. The main information source for applicants is this document, which we encourage you to read.

Please, apply online at https://is.cuni.cz/eng/studium/index.php (please, select “Economic Theory” and "Economics", not economics and econometrics) or alternatively fill in the paper application form SEVT 49 146 0.

Send applications to: Martina Hykešová, Ph.D. Study Department, Charles University Faculty of Social Sciences, Smetanovo nábřeží 6, 110 01 Praha 1, Czech Republic (email hykesova@fsv.cuni.cz). 

The Faculty of Social Sciences charges 450,-CZK (500,-CZK in case of paper, not online application) for all the transactions and organization connected with entrance examinations. Applicants whose application form does not contain the documentation of a registration fee payment shall not receive an invitation to participate in entrance examinations. The fee is non-refundable, even if the applicant decides afterwards not to attend entrance examinations. Recipient: Charles University in Prague – FSV, Smetanovo nábř. 6, Praha 1, bank and account number: Komerční banka, Praha 1, 85033011/0100, variable symbol: 205, constant symbol: 0308    

Conditions for applicants for both of the programs:

·         Completion of a master program.

·         Interest in economic research.

·         Advanced knowledge of English and mathematics.

The application has to be submitted together with the following documents:

·         Curriculum Vitae (structured, and with a list of academic publications and activities).

·         Transcript of undergraduate and graduate education (a list of courses taken and grades).

·         Dissertation research project in English including dissertation thesis. (As an inspiration, look at the individual study plans of our current PhD students published on their web pages, example here).

·         Any additional documents illustrating your professional experience (if available).

·         Certificates of graduate education.

·         Any evidence of proficiency in English for non-native speakers (if available).

·         A reliable piece of evidence that the application fee was paid. 

·         One recommendation letter sent via email by the prospective Ph.D. supervisor to the supervisor (garant) of graduate studies on the Institute of Economic Studies Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague, Prof. Jan Ámos Víšek (visek@fsv.cuni.cz), and in a copy to the administrator of the application process, Jan Soudek (honza.soudek@gmail.com). The letter should also confirm the willingness of the preferably IES-associated academic economist to be the applicant’s supervisor in the case of a successful application.

The entrance exams will be held on 18th June, 2014, the additional entrance exams are on 2nd July, 2014. Both exams will start at 9:00 in the Institute of Economic Studies, Opletalova 26, Prague 1. The entrance exams consist of two parts completed in one day:    

1. Test

The written part of the entrance exams consists of two separate tests. The applicant selects these two tests out of four available options ([1] Microeconomics, [2] Macroeconomics, [3] Econometrics and [4] Finance). Applicants have 120 minutes to complete these two tests. The recommended literature for entrance exams includes those recommended in the respective master-level courses taught at the IES: Microeconomics (http://ies.fsv.cuni.cz/cs/syllab/JEM003), Macoeconomics (http://ies.fsv.cuni.cz/cs/syllab/JEM004), Econometrics (http://ies.fsv.cuni.cz/cs/syllab/JEM005), Finance (http://ies.fsv.cuni.cz/cs/syllab/JEM034http://ies.fsv.cuni.cz/cs/syllab/JEM037http://ies.fsv.cuni.cz/cs/syllab/JEM032).

2. Interview

The interview with an examination committee is intended to evaluate applicants’ research abilities, including an assessment of the proposed dissertation research project submitted by the applicant, and a review of the applicant's previous research. The candidate's motivation and overall maturity is considered as well.

The interview serves also as an oral exam of the English language, testing the applicant's understanding of economic English. A very good knowledge of English is required for admission. The written tests account for a part of the overall result; the remaining points are allocated on the basis of the applicant's research abilities and previous research activity.

During the application interview each applicant will be asked about whom she would like to have as an adviser for the doctoral studies. Therefore it is very much recommended that applicants try to arrange a potential adviser beforehand and to obtain an informal agreement about their willingness to serve as an advisor. It is also a very good idea to engage with the potential advisor while writing up the research proposal. The advisors should normally be from IES. Please see the lists of current faculty and external lecturers for inspiration.

Center of Doctoral Studies

Prospective as well as current PhD students can apply for positions at the Center of Doctoral Studies (CDS). CDS has altogether six paid positions and helps to organize Ph.D. in Economics at IES, see the information flyer. It is an opportunity for Ph.D. students to help them fund the studies. The deadline for CDS applications is 24 May and the interviews will be in mid-June.

We recommend that the applicants as well as the current first-year Ph.D. students consider applying for one of the six positions (0.1 part-time) now open in the Centre for doctoral studies of the IES with the beginning of September 2013. One of the requirements is to be a full-time Ph.D. student during the 2013/2014 academic year. The applications together with CV, personal form, verified copies of the education attained, a list of academic publications and at least one academic recommendation should be sent by April 24 to HR office at FSV UK, Smetanovo nábř. 6, 110 01 Praha 1.

We are looking for responsible and pro-active IES member (especially PhD students, including the students who applied for starting their IES PhD studies in Fall 2013) interested in administering EU 7FP project of institutional mobility ECOCEP (Economic Modeling for Climate-Energy Policy) over 2014-2017. The primary responsibility is to oversee the academic exchanges between partner universities and to communicate with project partners and  with EU, including preparation of annual project progress reports for EU. The primary benefit of this position is networking with world-class economists and PhD students at 25 partner universities (Oxford, TSE, Australian National University, New Economic School in Moscow, University of Cape Town, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UC LA, UC San Diego,...etc.) The ECOCEP administrator will have fixed monthly stipend  and up to EUR 24 thousand in travel money for up to 12 months of visits at ECOCEP partner universities. Interested people should contact the project coordinator at karel-janda@seznam.cz.