Doctoral Degree in Development Economics

The selection of applicants for the Doctoral Course in Economics in the area of Development Economics is carried out by the Coordinating Committee of Graduate Studies in two stages. In the first stage, which is a qualifying one, a classification is attributed according to the documentation listed in the public announcement. Each applicant shall be granted a global score in the first stage based on these documents. Applicants who score less than 5 (five) (out of a total of 10) shall be dismissed, and the others shall be authorized to proceed to the second stage. Although there are not individual scores for each requirement, the weight assigned to each of them in the definition of the global score is described in a public announcement.

Applicants approved in the first stage shall attend the second stage, which involves the presentation and argumentation, in person or not in person, of items “b”, “c”, "e" e “f” described in item 3.2.

The employment of several criteria in the selective process aims at accomplishing a balanced assessment which takes into account the academic performance and applicants´ potential of research. In particular, applicants should pursue a proposal of research which demonstrates knowledge of the pertinent literature, clearness as to the objectives and awareness about its prospective contribution to the literature concerning the chosen theme. This proposal will also be assessed orally in the case of candidates who proceed to the second stage.

The public announcement of the selective process for 2017 which contains details on the registration and selective process can be found below.

 

UNIVERSITY OF SÃO PAULO– USP
School of Economics, Business Administration and Accounting– FEA
Graduate Studies Program in Economics – Area of Development Economics– Doctoral Course

SELECTIVE PROCESS – 2017

Public announcement 19/2016 (Published in Diário Oficial as of 12/02/2016)

The Coordinating Committee of Graduate Studies in Economics at FEA-USP publicly announces the opening of registrations for the selective process of applicants to the Doctoral Course in Economics in the Area of Development Economics, starting in 2015.

1. General Provisions 

1.1. The successful applicant must hold a Master´s or Doctoral degree valid in Brazil or the equivalence of which is acknowledged by USP until the date of enrollment set forth in the FEA calendar, in order to avoid having the enrollment invalidated. Candidates holding a title granted by foreign institutions shall have it acknowledged or revalidated (given the accurate equivalence) by a Brazilian institution acknowledged by the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC) until the enrollment date.

1.2. The Doctoral course in Economics at FEA-USP in the area of Development Economics has a stricto sensu character, and requires full-time dedication. The course is free of charge, and classes are held in the mornings and afternoons (Mondays to Fridays).
1.3. The quotas of scholarship of the Program shall be assigned, when available, to students accepted strictly according to the classification in the selective process.

2. Vacancies

Up to 15 (fifteen) vacancies will be offered. 

3. Registration 

3.1. Registration Period

Registration for the selective process shall be made exclusively in electronic form available in the homepage of the Graduate Studies Program at FEA-USP, between the 13th of March and 28th of April, 2017. Registration will only be effected upon presentation of the complete documentation (sent in PDF files), as described in item 3.2

3.2. Documentation for Registration

Applicants shall necessarily present the following documents for registration:

  • a. Online Registration form;
  • b. Concise proposal of research comprising a maximum of 15 (fifteen) pages, 1.5 (one and a half) spacing between lines and Times New Roman font, size 12 (twelve), comprising an abstract of a maximum of 20 lines; introduction (including a brief review of pertinent literature), justification; objectives; methodology; working plan and completion schedule;
  • c. Curriculum Lattes;
  • d. Copy of Bachelor´s Degree along with respective academic record;
  • e. Copy of Master´s or Doctoral degree (that of higher title) along with contents (detailed) of disciplines attended;
  • f. Master´s dissertation or Doctoral thesis submitted in their institution of origin. In case the same is not yet in its final version, send the most recent version available.
  • g. Score and general classification in the National Selection Examination of ANPEC (Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics), according to “ANPEC score and classification” taken in the last five years, or GRE (Graduate Record Examination), taken in the last five years, with a minimum score of 151 in the quantitative section (Quantitative Reasoning). The verbal reasoning section and analytical writing section will not be considered;
  • h. Justification expounding applicants´ interest in the program, objectively outlining the motives which drove them to (1) choose doctoral degree in Economics in the area of Development Economics at FEA-USP as the most suitable to their academic interests; (2) consider that their profile fits the program. This justification shall comprise a maximum of 2 (two) pages, 1.5 (one and a half) spacing between lines and Times New Roman font, size 12 (twelve).

4. Selective Process  

4.1 Applicants shall choose a prospective advisor prior to the registration, selected among the faculty members acting as advisors of the Program according to their specialization themes. Applicants shall prepare research proposals which are consonant to the objectives of Doctoral studies and shall be assessed by the prospective advisors (which does not necessarily imply a formal bond). At the moment of registration, applicants do not need to present any formal statement of the advisor´s approval, but the professor appointed by the applicants shall have to confirm their approval to the Selection Committee (composed of professors pertaining to the Program and assigned by the Program Coordinating Committee) so that registration can be accomplished

4.2 Applicants shall undergo a selective process in two stages:

First stage: Qualifying stage in which applicants shall be classified by the Selection Committee according to the documentation described in item 3.2. Each applicant shall be granted a global score in the first stage based on these documents. Applicants who score less than 5 (five) (out of a total of 10) shall be dismissed, and the others shall be authorized to proceed to the second stage. Although there are not individual scores for each requirement, the weight assigned to each of them in the definition of the global score is: Curriculum Lattes, ANPEC classification (or GRE), Bachelor´s degree and respective academic record, Academic record from Master´s or Doctoral courses along with contents of disciplines (weight 30%); dissertation or theses (weight 40%); description of applicant´s motives (weight 30%).

Second Stage: Applicants approved in the first stage shall attend the second stage, which involves the presentation and argumentation, in person or not in person, of items “b”, "c", "e" e “f” described in item 3.2.

5. Conditions for Classification

The selection committee shall grant a score from 0 to 10 globally to the presentation and argumentation of each applicant´s text. .Applicants who score less than 7.0 (seven) shall be dismissed. The other applicants shall be deemed approved according to the order of classification and limit of available vacancies. 

6. Schedule of Selective Process

  • Registration: from 13th of March to 28th of May, 2017
  • 1st Stage: assessment of material described in item 3.2 herein. Results of the first stage shall be announced until 2nd of June.
  • 2nd Stage: applicants´ presentations and argumentations to be held on 12th to 19th of June.
  • The list of successful candidates shall be announced until the 26th of June.

7. Final Provisions

Registration of applicant implies the acceptance of the rules and instructions for the selective process contained herein and in the notifications already issued or which might be publicly announced. The decision of the Selection Committee is conclusive and not subject to appeal. Cases not provided for herein shall be settled by the Coordinating Committee of the Program in Economics .
The Selection Committee and the Coordinating Committee of the Program in Economics are entitled not to fill all the vacancies scholarship.