PhD Programme

ISS offers a four-year programme leading to the internationally recognized degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Since the inception of the programme in the 1980s, ISS has awarded 150 PhD degrees.

All PhD researchers are firmly embedded in one of ISS' four research programmes.

Since joining Erasmus University in Rotterdam 2009, ISS PhD researchers now receive an Erasmus University PhD Degree.

125 PhD researchers

About 125 researchers from 53 countries are enrolled in the PhD programme. Most of them are at work in their own office in the ISS building, refining their research proposal, based on one of the ISS’s research themes, or conducting a literature search, or they are in the final phase of writing their thesis. Those in the second year of the programme are away doing fieldwork.

Researchers benefit from access to a multidisciplinary faculty working on different aspects of development problems, combined with fieldwork under local guidance and with institutional support.

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 ISS PhD programme

 Click on the photo above to download our PhD programme brochure. 




150 PhD graduates

150 PhD graduates at ISSIn April 2016, ISS awarded its 150th PhD degree. We produced a commemorative booklet to commemorate this milestone. To download your copy, click on the booklet cover on the left.