Academic requirements

All applicants to the ISS PhD programme must fulfil the following academic requirements.

Academic background

Masters degree in one of the social sciences.

Applicants must have obtained at least class 2.1, B+ or equivalent as determined by the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic).

Knowledge of English

IELTS: 7.0

TOEFL PBT: 600

TOEFL CBT: 250

TOEFL IBT: 100

ISS does not require a language certificate from native English speakers from the following countries:

Australia, Botswana, Canada, Cameroon (English-speaking region), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda (English-speaking region), South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Other A carefully presented research proposal (an outline of the applicants intended research). Please check the PhD programme for more information and examples.