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International Ph.D. in Economics

Université Côte d'Azur
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
Start dates
Fall 2021

Fall 2021

Program description

International Ph.D. in Economics

Université Côte d'Azur (UCA) international doctoral program in economics offers training in traditional economic disciplines - like microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, financial market analysis, industrial organization - and training in disciplines embedding a complexity-based perspective such as computational economics, experimental economics, the analysis of financial and economic networks.

Training is provided by teachers of the partner institutions as well as by a network of renowned scholars in France, Italy and abroad. Recruited candidates attend one year of basic and advanced courses at the Scuola Sant’Anna premises in Pisa (Italy) and then one additional semester of advanced courses at UCA premises.

The program aims to form economists able to perform high-quality research in economics and economic policy analysis and combining robust and high-quality knowledge of traditional economic domains with concepts from the complexity-based approach in sciences.

Admission requirements

Documents to be enclosed to the application:

  • Copy of a valid identity document (passport for Non-EU citizens);
  • CV including all the information about education, scientific and professional experience that can demonstrate skills and attitudes to carry out research in economics;
  • Publications and any other documentation that may contribute to providing an assessment of the candidate’s skills and attitudes;
  • List of courses and transcripts of exams taken (in English, French or Italian);
  • Copy of the master’s thesis if available (otherwise a copy of the abstract in English, French or Italian);
  • A research project. The research project must be at most 4 pages long and it must describe the research that the candidate would like to carry out during the doctoral program;
  • Official certifications (TOEFL, IELTS) demonstrating a good knowledge of
    the English language, if available.

In addition, two reference letters are required from professors or researchers who have a good knowledge of the applicants' performance during their university studies.

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Program content

The Ph.D. is developed in close collaboration with the Sant’Anna-IUSS Ph.D. in economics, in Pisa (Italy) and with OFCE-Sciences Po. It involves a program of 1 year and a half of intensive doctoral courses in various economic disciplines, econometrics, mathematics, and statistics.

Recruited candidates who successfully complete the one-and-a-half year course program work at the completion of a Ph.D. thesis in economics. The thesis work must be carried out at GREDEG (Groupe de Recherche en Droit, Economie, Gestion, UMR CNRS and UCA) and under the supervision of GREDEG’s scholars. Joint supervision with the other partner of the program (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna) is also possible. GREDEG is a research center in economics, law, and management jointly operated by the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) and Université Côte d'Azur.

An important characteristic of GREDEG is to favor multidisciplinary approaches. GREDEG’s scholars actively perform research in various domains of economics, including (but not limited to) the economics of innovation, industrial dynamics, international trade and macroeconomics, agent-based macroeconomics and finance, ecological economics, experimental economics, the economics of law and regulation, the history of economic thought.

Scholarships & funding

The institute will provide two full 4-years scholarships (3+1 years doctoral contract).


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Economics

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Université Côte d'Azur

Université Côte d’Azur (UCA) is a recently created cluster of higher education establishments on the French Riviera that brings together the major players in higher education and research on the Côte d’Azur. Université Côte d’Azur aims to develop a new,...

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Université Côte d'Azur

28 Avenue de Valrose
Parc Valrose
06103 Nice

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