PhD programme

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) offers a four-year programme leading to an internationally recognized degree. 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.

About 125 researchers from 35 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 and conducting a literature search, or 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.  

PhD researchers speak

Current and past PhD researchers tell us why they decided to do their PhD at ISS.

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.

International opportunities with our PhD degree 

Contact the PhD team

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If you have any questions about doing your PhD at the International Institute of Social Studies, please contact the PhD support team.

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