Explore the FAQs section at the bottom of this page for clarifications on admissions process, requirements, etc.

Applications for 2020 intake is now closed.

Recruitment for 2021 intake will start in early Fall of this year.



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


Applications for 2020 intake is now closed. Admissions for 2021 intake will start in early Fall of this year. 


mid-August 2021

Next intake

September 2020

 Start of application

 mid-December 2020

Preferred deadline to
Submit your Online application

early January 2021

Last day of Submission 
Submit your One Way Interview by this date



Application Checklist


In order to be considered to the PhD Programme, applicants must have a bachelor's degree, a minimum admissions requirement for education. Undergraduate students in their final year are welcome to apply. 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. It includes the applicants' personal profile, statement of purpose and statement of integrity. 

Details here

All supporting documents must be in electronic format and uploaded to the online application platform. Supporting documentation include CV, degree transcripts and certificates, GMAT or GRE, application fee, supplementary information survey and recorded interviews (NEW). 

Details here

Only 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. 

Details here




No, we cannot waive this requirement under any circumstances.

No.  The Admissions Committee requires GMAT/GRE scores be no more than five years old.  The TOEFL score can be no more than two years old.

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 online application, along with the supporting documents, and the open one-way interview must be in by 06 January 2020. 

Do note that you will only have an access to the open one-way interview once you have submitted the online application. Thus, it is strongly advised to submit your online application along with your supporting documents early, in order to have time to receive and complete your open one way interview. 

The Open One-Way Interview is one of the requirements for admissions to the INSEAD PhD Programme. Applicants answer a series of four (4) questions that will help the committee get to know the applicant and his/her potential to engage in high quality research. 

No. Open One-Way Interview recordings will be reviewed along with your submitted online application to generate a shortlist of candidates for live interviews. Live interview is still necessary in the admissions process before the final offer of admission. 

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