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.
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.
'Why do your PhD at ISS? Academic excellence, an exciting, critical research community and student diversity.'
The dissertation writing exercise was probably the best thing that I ever did in my life.
'Grounded ... in the art of doing independent academic and policy relevant research ...'
International opportunities with our PhD degree
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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.
PhD vacancies at ISS
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