How to Apply


  • All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted through our online application form or delivered in paper form, by the deadline of August 15 (23:59 CET) for the second round of admissions.
  • The following materials are required for an application to be processed. All materials must be submitted in English or accompanied by an English translation.
  • Please note that at this stage, you do not need to choose your supervisor or submit a research proposal. It is therefore not necessary to contact our faculty members prior to applying.

1)  Online Application Form

Curriculum vitae                                                                                                                                            
  Up-to-date information relevant to the application and program, approx. 1–2 pages                                                        

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 4,000 characters. Please see the Statement of Motivation Guidelines

Copies of your Bachelor and Master diplomas and the diplomas supplements/complete transcripts with certified translations into English if needed (if the original document is in another language)
  For PhD in Economics: You need to submit your copies of BA and MA diploma and the diploma supplement/complete transcript(s) with proper official verification (notarization / Apostille / Superlegalization). If you are still studying and/or have not received your MA diploma yet, you need to submit an official confirmation of study from the university with the expected date of finishing your studies/ an official confirmation of study completion from the university (+ when you will receive your documents) and your most up-to-date transcript(s) of grades.
  Please see the Guidelines for Verification of Diplomas and Diplomas’ Supplements/Transcripts for details, and note that you will have to present all documents in hard copy (via post or in person) if you are invited to the Preparatory semester or offered direct admission.

Proof of English proficiency level 
  Applicants who are not native speakers of English (not born in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland or the United States) are required to provide a valid proof of their English proficiency. This should be an internationally recognized exam certificate - we accept IELTS, TOEFL – IC 2403, Cambridge, and Duolingo English Test. The minimum required scores are: IELTS: 6.5 Band Score, TOEFL: 80-100, Duolingo: 115. With the exception of the Cambridge exam certificate, the documents should not be older than two years from the date when the admissions application is submitted to CERGE-EI.
  Please note that a confirmation of studying in English (English as a medium of instruction) is not sufficient proof of English proficiency, with the only 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.

Contact details for two (or max. three) referees
  The referees 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 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 CET). Materials sent by email are not accepted.

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