ENSEA,  Centre of Excellence of the Agence Française de Développement’s (AFD), is launching a call for applications to recruit the seventh cohort of PhD students for the 2023-2024 academic year.



The Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée d’Abidjan (ENSEA) is a National Public Institution (ENP) for Higher Education and Research, labelled as a Centre of Excellence by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

As part of the drive to strengthen research at ENSEA and its partner schools, the Centre of Excellence has opened a PhD Program in Statistics and Applied Economics. This PhD Program aims to promote training for and through research in four priority areas that have a direct or indirect impact on socio-economic development. These are :

  • Quantitative Economics ;
  • Statistics and Social Sciences
  • Statistics and Public Health and
  • Statistical Methodology.



The candidate must have a quantitative profile and must hold a Master’s degree in research, a diploma in design engineering or any other diploma recognised by CAMES and considered as of Master, at the end of a course of training with honours and establishing aptitude for research;



3.1 Application content:

  • A letter of motivation intended to the Director of ENSEA ;
  • A recent detailed curriculum vitae (CV);
  • A legalized copy of the High School diploma;
  • A legalized copy of diplomas obtained after the High School Diploma and transcripts, and any other evidence that may support the application;
  • A thesis research proposal of no more than five (5) pages clearly stating the title, the problem, the objectives, the analytical approach, a review of the literature, the hypotheses and the expected results, together with the corresponding bibliographical references. Particular attention will be paid to the quality of the proposed research topic and its relevance to the research interests of ACE researchers or to economic development issues;
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation justifying the student’s research capacity (preferably two letters from professors qualified to supervise a thesis);


3.2 Application submission

Applications, including all certified documents, should be sent exclusively by e-mail to the following address: ecoledoctorale@ensea.edu.ci. Please mention in the subject line “Application for the recruitment of the 7th class of PhD students”.

Applications submission deadline is 26 April 2024. For further information, please visit ENSEA at Office 802 or contact the following numbers:

  • TEL: (225) 27 22 44 08 42
  • CEL: (225) 07 67 52 49 30
  • Website: www.ensea.ed.ci



Selection will take place in two phases. The first phase is an analysis of the applications, on the basis of which a shortlist of candidates will be drawn up. The second phase will consist of an oral interview with the candidates selected at the end of the first phase. A telephone interview (via Skype or any other means of communication) will be organised for candidates residing outside Côte d’Ivoire.


NB:  Only eligible candidates will receive an e-mail inviting them to the auditions.

Candidates who are accepted at the end of the second selection phase will take part in the PhD training course, possibly with financial support from ENSEA management. PhD students are also invited to seek additional funding for their research work.



Teaching is provided by ENSEA lecturer-researcher and professors from partner universities. The training will focus on advanced statistical and economic analysis tools and techniques. Theoretical and applied training aimed at building the capacities of young doctoral researchers will take place over nine (9) months. The doctoral training will last three (3) years, at the end of which a public defence will be organised before a jury of professors from within and outside ENSEA.


NB : Important dates :

  • Date limite de réception du dossier de présélection : 
  • Annonce des résultats de présélection pour la participation aux entretiens : 28 Avril 2023
  • Déroulement des entretiens de candidature : 30 Mai 2023
  • Annonce des résultats : 05 juin 2023
  • Début de la formation : Septembre 2023
  • Submission deadline of the preselection file:  26 April 2024
  • Publication of preselection results for participation in interviews: 24 May 2024
  • Interviews: 20: 20 June 2024
  • Publication of results: 05 July 2024
  • Start of training: September 2024


All incomplete applications will be systematically rejected.

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