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Erasmus University Rotterdam: 5 PhD Positions in Development Studies

Erasmus University Rotterdam International Institute of Social Studies is recruiting outstanding students for 5 PhD fellowships in Development Studies within the ISS research program Global Development and Social Justice.

In the 2018 round, holders of a Master’s degree can apply for research positions related to the following cross-cutting themes in the ISS research program Global Development and Social Justice:

  • Migration and diversity
  • Environment and climate change
  • Social protection and inequality
  • Conflict and peace

ISS has a clear preference to recruit PhD students who are working on one of these themes from an interdisciplinary approach to development research. We favour proposals that speak to more than one of the four current research lines of the ISS research program.

Application period: Between 15 January and 15 March 2018.


Terms of the fellowships

  • The PhD fellowships are for a maximum period of four years, starting in 2018.
  • PhD students will receive a fellowship of approximately €1,750 net per month, plus an additional allowance to cover the costs of their field work, which normally takes place during the second year into the PhD programme.


  • The PhD fellowships are available only for citizens of countries that are not part of the European Economic Area. Candidates from African, low-income or low-middle-income countries are especially encouraged to apply.
  • For all fellowships, applicants should submit the following:
    • Proof of having obtained a first-class or excellent MA Degree (if applicable, a degree with GPA of at least 3.70) in one of the Social Sciences or equivalent, comprising at least four years of study at an internationally recognized university or Institute for Higher Education, as evidenced by certified copies of degrees and diplomas, and by copies of academic transcripts.
    • A research proposal in one of the areas indicated above (approx. 10 pages, 5000 words). For further guidelines and examples of proposals, see the website.
    • Reference letters of at least three referees, who should be able to provide information about the applicant’s academic strengths.
    • Good command of English, both orally and in writing, as evidenced by holding a degree from an English-speaking university or by supplying the results of a proficiency test from a recognized authority with the following result:
      • IELTS: 7.0
      • TOEFL PBT: 600
      • TOEFL CBT: 250
      • TOEFL IBT: 100

How to Apply

Apply for the PhD position

More information on the International Institute of Social Sciences webpage


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