How to Apply

Please note that application for 2021/2022 will open in December 2020.


 NOTE: If you are also applying for MA in Economic Research, proceed as you would for the PhD in Economics via the online application. 

It will guide you throughout the process and upon submitting, you will receive two pdf files - an application for MA in Economic Research and an application for PhD in Economics.

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted through our online application form or delivered in paper form, by the deadline of March 31 (23:59 Central European Summer Time).

The following materials are required for an application to be processed. All materials must be submitted in English or accompanied by an English translation.

1. Online Application Form

2. Curriculum vitae

3. Statement of motivation: a statement in English describing your academic and research background, your interests and career goals, and how the program at CERGE-EI will help you meet your objectives. The length of the statement cannot exceed 4000 characters. Please see the Statement of Motivation Guidelines

4. Verified copies of your Bachelor and Master diplomas and transcripts (diploma supplement) with certified translations into English if needed (if the original document is in another language). Please see the Guidelines for Verification of Diplomas and Transcripts  for details. You will have to present these documents in paper form in case you are invited to the Preparatory semester or directly admitted (upon your arrival to CERGE-EI). Applicants who will be completing their Master studies or will receive their Master diploma only after our application deadline must submit confirmation of studies from their current university and their current transcripts.

5. Proof of English proficiency level.

Applicants who are not native speakers (were not born in a country where English is the primary official language, such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, or the United States) are all required to provide a valid proof of their English proficiency. This should be an internationally recognised exam certificate (IELTS, TOEFL – IC 2403, Cambridge,...). 
With the exception of Cambridge exams certificate, the documents should not be older than two years.

Please note that a confirmation of studying in English (English as a medium of instruction) is not deemed as sufficient proof of English proficiency, with the exception of studies undertaken in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland or the United States.

CERGE-EI reserves the right, in individual circumstances, to specify an additional language requirement for an applicant.

6. Contact details for two (or max. three) referees. Their letters of recommendation must be submitted using the reference page in the online application or sent in a sealed envelope with the recommenders’ signature across the envelope. Referees must be familiar with your academic background described in the online application form. Please see the Recommendation Letters Guidelines.

Optional materials:

  • We strongly encourage applicants to provide their GRE or GMAT results as they may increase their chance of admission.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit other relevant documents that may support their application, such as additional study records, certificates, samples of written work, etc.

All materials must be either uploaded through the Online Application Form or delivered in hard copy. Materials sent by email are not accepted.

Mailing address for delivery of the application materials in hard copy:
MA in Economic Research / PhD in Economics
P.O. Box 882, Politických vězňů 7
111 21 Prague 1, Czech Republic