PhD programme

The AMSE PhD programme is one of Aix-Marseille University's PhD programmes. It is overseen by the École Doctorale de Sciences Economiques et de Gestion d'Aix-Marseille and hosts two tracks:

  • The PhD in economics (classic PhD track)
  • The 'On the job' PhD economics (in-service training)


Director: Nicolas Berman
E-mail : nicolas.berman[at]
Phone: +33(0)4 13 55 25 27

Deputy Director: Sebastian Bervoets
E-mail : sebastian.bervoets[at]
Phone: +33(0)4 13 55 25 29 / +33(0)4 13 94 20 05

Secretary: Bernadette Vouriot
Courriel : bernadette.vouriot[at]
Tél : +33 (0)4 13 55 25 83

PhD in economics

PhD candidates enrolled in the AMSE PhD in Economics must comply with the Charte du doctorat d'Aix-Marseille Université and with the AMSE PhD charter. Preferred access to the AMSE PhD program is via the AMSE master in economics, research track (Économie Théorique et Empirique). Students with Master’s degrees from other universities are also welcome to apply.

2020 applications


- PhD grants in all fields of economics

  • AMSE welcomes applicants with research projects in all fields of economics.

- How to apply?

All applicants must follow the application guidelines that apply to their status:

  • You are an AMSE master ÉTE (Économie Théorique et Empirique) track student:
    Application guidelines (the application deadline is mid-June, 2020)
  • You are a student from another master/university:
    Application guidelines (the application deadline is May 15, 2020)


'On the job' PhD in economics

The 'On the job' AMSE PhD track is an in-service training. This track allows PhD candidates to write a PhD dissertation while in employment. The ultimate objective of candidates enrolled in this programme must be to quickly and successfully achieve high quality academic research that is of interest for their professional career. The conditions under which these tracks operates are described in the AMSE `on the job' PhD charter.

2019 applications

You want to apply the On the Job PhD track:
Application guidelines
(the application deadline is April 13, 2020)


Visiting PhD Candidates

AMSE hosts PhD candidates from other institutions for research stays from 2 weeks to 3 months. Visiting PhD candidates are provided with a desk and with access to local resources. No financial support is offered for costs related to the visit.

How to apply?

Prospective visiting PhD candidates must contact an AMSE faculty member and define with her/him several calendar options for the visit to take place. These options must then be sent to the head of the PhD program via the AMSE PhD program secretary as a hosting application. It must be sent at least 3 months before the expected start of the stay together with a detailed CV.

If space constraints allow for it, an invitation letter will be sent to the prospective visiting PhD candidate.

Cotutelle (joint supervision) applications

Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD programme in a foreign institution. Applicants must hold a Master in economics from an institution that provides a level of training in economics at least as good as that of the AMSE master and have achieved a first class standing in this master. Prospective applicants must contact an AMSE researcher, and must submit to him or her an idea for a research project before applying.

The full application package must be sent to the AMSE PhD secretariat. It must contain the following documents:

  • letter of application,
  • PhD research project,
  • supervision agreement by an AMSE researcher,
  • detailed CV,
  • transcripts of grades for undergraduate and master degrees,
  • proof of enrollment in a PhD programme at a foreign institution.

The application will be examined by the AMSE PhD committee, who may also organize an interview.

Conditionnal on approval by the AMSE PhD committee, the applicant and the AMSE supervisor must then contact Aix-Marseille University's International Relations Office the to set up an international joint thesis supervision agreement. The deadline for this procedure is mid-April of the first year in the PhD programme.