Ph.D. Program

IES offers applicants two Ph.D. Programs in Economics, with and without a tuition fee. The main information source for applicants is this website. For further information please contact Jan Žáček.

The day of the deadline to submit your application is 30th April, 2018.

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. Moreover, students have possibilities for a variety of research visits to the best universities in the world. The Program usually takes four years to complete. Students are expected to work closely with their academic supervisors as well as other researchers.

There are two options of how to apply. You can apply online at (please, select “Economic Theory” and "Economics", not economics and econometrics) and append all the necessary documents, or you can apply online and then print out the form and send applications in paper form to: Marie Stanovská, Ph.D. Study Department, Charles University Faculty of Social Sciences, Smetanovo nábřeží 6, 110 01 Praha 1, Czech Republic (email, together with all the necessary supplements (see below).

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 need to choose the Czech language as a study language.

· 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 for one of these two full-time programs (students are admitted into a part-time program only in exceptions). The table below summarizes the basic overview of possible varieties of the PhD program at IES.


Language/form Presence Distant (only exceptionally)
CZ (no fee) - ALL requirements - ALL requirements
  - get stipends - Do not get stipends
ENG (with fee) - ALL requirements - Only distant requirements (publications, supervising & referring bachelor & diploma theses)
  - get stipends - Do not get stipends
  - pay €250/semester, Council can relief - pay €250/semester


Conditions for applicants for both of the programs:

· Completion of a master's 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 if available).

· 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 or see an example here).

· In case of the Czech program, one recommendation letter sent via email by the prospective Ph.D. supervisor to the chairman of graduate studies at the Institute of Economic Studies Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague, Prof. Jan Ámos Víšek (visek(at), and in a copy to the administrator of the application process, Jan Žáček (jan.zacek(at) 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. In case of the English program, two recommendation letters (one of them written by the prospective Ph.D. supervisor) are required.

· 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 Czech program without tuition fee

You need to pay a small application fee. The Faculty of Social Sciences charges 540 CZK 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 the entrance exams. The fee is non-refundable, even if the applicant decides afterwards not to attend the entrance exams. The recipient is Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Smetanovo nabřeži 6, Praha 1. The bank is Komerční 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 12th June, 2017 (regular term) and 26th June, 2017 (alternative term; only for exceptional cases, such as illness) at the Institute of Economic Studies, Opletalova 26, Prague 1. The entrance exams consist of two parts completed in one day:

1. the 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. the 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 English program with a tuition fee

You need to pay a small application fee. The Faculty of Social Sciences charges 540 CZK. The fee is non-refundable. 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 15th May, 2017.

ECOCEP/GEMCLINE research visits

All PhD students (including 2017/18 1st year’s students) are eligible for receiving financial support for at least 1 month long research visit to variety of the best universities from Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Russia and Chile.
The research visit will be supported through the ECOCEP ( and GEMCLIME ( projects. For more information do not hesitate to contact us on phd(at) .

Center for Doctoral Studies

Prospective as well as current Ph.D. students can apply for positions at the Center for Doctoral Studies (CDS). The CDS has altogether six paid positions and helps to organize Ph.D. in Economics at IES. 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) and the interviews are held during June.


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