Applicants to Ph.D. Program in Economics


The next deadline for applications is 30th April, 2015.


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. For further information please contact Jan Soudek. 

The Ph.D. Program provides excellent research training in both economic theory and applied economics. The essence of the program is economic research of your interest. Research papers accepted for publication during your Ph.D. studies are the core requirement. The program further includes numerous opportunities for research seminars, teaching and research assistantships. The Program usually takes four years to complete. Students are expected to work closely with their academic supervisors as well as other researchers.

Please, apply online at (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 

The program has two options:

·       You do not pay any tuition fee (and are paid Ph.D. stipend, see below) for Czech-speaking students.

·       You pay the tuition fee (the tuition fee is € 250 per semester, but you can apply for a tuition waiver, also you are paid Ph.D. stipend, see below) for students, who cannot speak Czech.

Applicants are encouraged to apply to one of these two full-time programs (no students are admitted into a part-time program).

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).

default/file/get/id/28115·       One recommendation letter sent via email by the prospective Ph.D. supervisor to the chairman of graduate studies on the Institute of Economic Studies Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague, Prof. Jan Ámos Víšek (, and in a copy to the administrator of the application process, Jan Soudek ( 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.

·       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.


Admission process for program without tuition fee 

You need to pay a small application fee. The Faculty of Social Sciences charges 460 CZK (460,-CZK in case of online application) for the costs of entrance exams. Applicants whose application form does not contain the documentation of a registration fee payment shall not receive an invitation to participate in entrance exams. The fee is non-refundable, even if the applicant decides afterwards not to attend entrance exams. The recipient is Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Smetanovo nabrezi 6, Praha 1. The bank is Komercni banka, Praha 1, the bank account 85033011/0100, variable symbol 205, constant symbol 0308.

The entrance exams are required for those applying for the Option without a tuition fee. The entrance exams will be held on 18th June, 2015at 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 (, Macoeconomics (, Econometrics (, Finance (,, ).    

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.


Admission process for program with a tuition fee 

There is no entrance exam as a part of the admission process. The admission committee will evaluate your research proposal and decide on the basis of obtained documents and can ask for supplying more of them if necessary. The committee will meet on 18th June 2015.


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 usually in spring (to be detailed by April 2010) and the interviews during June.


ECOCEP research visits

All P.h.d students (including 2015/16 1st year’s students) are eligible for receiving financial support for at least 1 month long research visit to any of the following universities in 2015: 

UC (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz), Arizona State, Cornell, Harvard, Maryland, McGill, Australian National U, U of Queensland, U of Auckland, U of Cape Town, CEFIR/NES (Moscow), Irkutsk State and Novosibirsk State. 

The research visit will be supported through the ECOCEP project ( and has to start in 2015, but it may continue during Spring semester 2016. For more information do not hesitate to contact us on .