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Students with a degree in Economics or other fields (statistics, mathematics, etc), who wish to do a PhD in Economics and/or in Statistics, may apply to the ECARES Doctoral School.

 The admission to the PhD-program proceeds in two steps:

STEP ONE Prospective students have to apply for admission. The following documents:

  1. The application form (find it here)
  2. The curriculum vitae
  3. Transcripts of records of all the previous university studies
  4. A motivation letter
  5. Three recommendation letters
  6. Master's thesis (when available)

Should be sent by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Be aware that a hard copy of the file may be requested by post to the following address: 

Director of Graduate Admission
ECARES Doctoral School
Université Libre de Bruxelles
CP 114/04
50, Av. F.D. Roosevelt
B 1050 Brussels - BELGIUM

Depending on the prior education, Toelf, GRE, and related international tests might be required. They can be attached to the application if desired. The deadline for application is September 30 (for EU Citizens) and April 30 (for non EU citizens).

If admitted, the prospective students receive a preliminary admission letter from ECARES.  Later they have to officially register to the University.  The ECARES preliminary admission letter clearly explains the steps to follow.  Prospective students may get help from our staff.  Please note that red tape for non EU students may be complex, mainly due to visa requirements. We strongly suggest submitting your visa application to the Belgian consulate as soon as possible.

STEP TWO After the Master years, the Doctoral School decides about the admission to the thesis writing phase. In order to be admitted to the ECARES doctoral School, a student must have finished her/his course work with an average grade of at least 14 (which roughly compares to a grade of B+ in the American system), and a minimum grade of 12 in each individual course.  Furthermore, one of the ECARES fellows must be willing to supervise the student.