PhD students: Application and Admission

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Applying for a PhD vacancy

One way to be able to get admitted is through applying for a PhD vacancy in a research project externally funded (for example by NWO, EU, etc.). This is an open recruitment procedure. Vacancies are announced on the EUR PhD vacancy page and on Academic Transfer. The procedure to follow is indicated in the vacancy.

Submitting an own research proposal

Candidates can also submit their own research proposal. They bring their own funding through private resources, grants (like scholarships from international or local governments, Nuffic etc.) or are under contract with other Erasmus University Rotterdam units, institutes and companies ('buitenpromovend' or external PhD). Below please find more information about how to submit a proposal. For further inquiries and information, please contact: Dr. Erik Hitters  or Prof. dr. Susanne Janssen.

  • Minimum educational requirement: 

    for all PhD Candidates the minimum legal, educational requirement needs to be satisfied. In order to enter a doctoral non-Dutch PhD programme at the EUR, national candidates need a Master’s degree. International candidates must prove that their academic degree is equivalent to this Dutch bachelor plus master university examination.
  • Additional admission requirements in externally funded research projects: are spelled out in the vacancy descriptions on the PhD vacancies page and on Academic Transfer in case of PhD candidates who apply on PhD positions in externally funded projects.
  • Additional admission requirements for self-funded PhD: 
    1. a research proposal expanding on the topic they would like to explore;
    2. the related ERMeCC research theme; their research should fit in one of the ongoing research themes;
    3. the proposed supervisor they have in mind;
    4. a budget, providing details about the kind of funding they have obtained or plan to apply for, and a time plan;
    5. a CV, including an overview of planned or forthcoming publications if applicable,  and  a recent paper or publication demonstrating their potential as a researcher;
    6. A copy of their passport’s data and photo page.
  • self-funded candidates have to submit the following documentation:

If the ERMeCC Board is positive about the application, the candidate may continue the application procedure by providing a valid language test score, a certified (legalized) copy of diplomas, original transcripts and proof of funding. Further details will be provided individually.

English requirement for all non-native English speakers

Furthermore, ERMeCC requires all non-native speakers of English to show proof of their proficiency in English. All candidates must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in seminars and undertake written work in English. Applicants with a nationality other than American, Australian, British, Canadian, Irish or New Zealand - as proven by the identity papers submitted - are required to submit an English test score meeting the entry requirements. To be admitted, you must satisfy the following requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum overall score of 600 in the paper test, 250 in the computer-based test or 100 in the internet based test. (

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7.0 (

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English): grade A

  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): grade A or B

The language test results should not be older than two years. Exemptions to the rule are looked into upon request.

Submitting your ERMeCC application

Please submit all the required documents to the attention of Ms. Evelien Meeuwisse.

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