**We will soon post announcements for the start of the recruitment period for 2020 intake**
Explore our FAQs section at the bottom of this page for clarifications on admissions process, requirements, etc. 



Who and What We're Looking for


Proven Academic Record

Irrespective of subject background

Creativity and Independent Thought

Necessary to become a great researcher


Motivation, Determination & Drive

To follow through with goals

Ability to Work in English

As English is the sole medium of instruction at INSEAD

Is It the Right Fit for You?


Deadlines & Process

Application for September 2019 intake is already closed. Admissions review is currently in progress.
Application status will be updated starting end of March until early April 2019.


September 2020

Next intake

September 2019

 Start of application

 December 2019

Preferred deadline - mid December

 January 2020

Last day of submission - early January



Application Checklist


To apply to the INSEAD PhD Programme, you must submit an application form online and the required supporting documentation listed below. 


Online Application


Supporting Documentation


Recommendation Letters

All applications to INSEAD are fully electronic and must be submitted online. To successfully access the application, you must download or upgrade your browsers to the following minimum requirements: Internet Explorer 9 and above, Firefox 8 and above, Chrome 10, Safari 5 and above, and Opera 10 and above.

Details here

All supporting documents should be in electronic format and uploaded through our online application platform. Only selected candidates for admission will be asked to provide original copies to the PhD Programme Office to secure their admission in the programme. Thus, no originals or hard copies of transcripts should be sent to the PhD Programme Office prior to admission to the programme.

Details here

Maximum 3 Letters of Recommendation are required coming from faculty, scholars or individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s academic ability and potential for research and teaching. When requesting recommendations, candidates are asked to use the appropriate online forms. Only 3 electronic recommendation letters are required to complete the application.

Details here




We do not recommend, nor is it necessary, to contact faculty prior to admission. INSEAD faculty receive hundreds of emails from prospective students and regret that they are unable to respond to all. Moreover, faculty advisors are chosen by the Academic Director, after admission, during the first year. In the second year of the programme, PhD students are able to choose their own advisors. However, this is never done at the application stage.  As such, prospective applicants are encouraged to learn about faculty and their research through area and faculty pages.   

The application files have to be sent to the PhD Office by mid-December of each year for entry in September the following year.

The Admissions Committee will review the files as of January. As soon as a decision has been made, the PhD Office will notify you.  Typically, the process takes approximately 3 months from the deadline for decisions to be communicated.  If you have not heard from us regarding the status of your application, it is because a final decision has not been reached.  We always communicate the final status to all applicants once the admissions committee has finalized their decision.

Anyone who is interested in the PhD Programme is welcome to visit the Fontainebleau, France or Singapore Campuses. A meeting needs to be arranged ahead of time by contact the PhD Office by phone or email. However, meeting with faculty and students to discuss the application and research interests is not a necessity or a requirement for admissions. We encourage applicants to learn more about research interests of faculty members and students within a particular area through the PhD website, and Faculty and Research pages of the institution website. 


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