Application

Applications for the PhD programme are welcomed from qualified candidates wishing to undertake research on a specific topic within the Institute.

ISS has an online application process consisting of several steps which require you to provide information and upload supporting documents. All documents can be uploaded directly from your computer. Make sure that multiple page documents are submitted as one file.

In order to complete your online application you must complete all steps in the Admission Portal. Send your application by clicking on the 'submit' button on the last page.

The Research Degree Committee will assess your completed request for admission. This will take approximately six weeks.

We advise you to read the information related to the admission and enrolment procedures in the Admission Portal very carefully. 

Application process

Step 1 - Create an account

You are requested to provide some basic information to create an account. You will receive two emails with which you can continue your application in the EUR admission portal:

- Check your email for the link to the EUR Admission Portal
- Check your email for login details (ERNA account and password)

Please be aware that automatically generated emails may end up in your spam or junk folder. Please check these folders!

EUR/ISS Alumni

If you have studied at ISS or EUR before, you have to reactivate your expired ERNA account to apply for our PhD. Please contact studentoffice@iss.nl to reactivate your account.

When you get a confirmation that your account is reactivated you can login and apply in the Admission Portal.

Step 2 - Fill in the application form in the EUR Admission Portal

In this Portal you are invited to finalize your application by uploading the required documents and answering some additional questions. Fill in your previous education (MA degree only) and your work experience, and upload the required documents.

You can start working in the Portal, save your entries and use your login information to return to the Portal later.

Submit the required documents:

1. Copy of Academic Degree(s) / Diploma(s) MA degree
2. Certified Copy of Academic Transcript(s) MA degree
Note: If the language of these documents is not English, a certified translation to English must be attached together with the original transcript.
3. Your research proposal (starting with a short motivation), for more information see our academic requirements page
4. Your Master thesis (if available)
5. Your c.v./resume
Three references testifying to your ability to undertake PhD research (and, if applicable, to your relevant professional experience). One of these references must be a representative from your Masters programme. Please download the reference form, fill in your name and student number and send it to your referees. Please ask them to complete the form and send it to  student.office@remove-this.iss.nl (you cannot upload the references yourself). You also need to indicate the names of those three contacts in the application portal.
6. Statement of Proficiency in English (if applicable).

Once you have submitted your application, the ISS admission office will check whether it is complete. You will receive an email if additional information is needed and will be informed once your application is complete and has been forwarded to the Research Degree Committee.

The Research Degree Committee will assess your completed request for admission. This will take approximately six weeks.

Questions?

You can contact the ISS Admissions Office by sending an email to student.office@remove-this.iss.nl