PhD programme

Current facets (Pre-Master)

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 ISS' research programme. 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.  

Brenda Rodríguez Cortés
Why do your PhD at ISS?
Brenda Rodríguez Cortés
ISS MA alumna and current PhD researchers
Why do your PhD at ISS? about Brenda Rodríguez Cortés

Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities

During your PhD programme you will follow courses and workshops, and attended conferences. All of this is geared towards enhancing your research and networking skills. Many of these events are coordinated by the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities (EGSH). These activities provide an opportunity to interact with PhD candidates from other Erasmus University departments and, in return, stimulate you to look beyond your own project and actively engage with different perspectives. Visit the Graduate School website to download the ISS PhD brochure or learn more about the doctoral education programme.

  • 150 PhD graduates

    In April 2016, ISS awarded its 150th PhD degree. We produced a commemorative booklet to commemorate this milestone. To download your copy, click below.