Erasmus Graduate School of Law

Obtaining a PhD

EGSL funded positions (and externally funded positions)

External PhD researcher (no funding)

Junior fellowship (scholarship)

Recruitment procedure for EGSL funded positions (one per year)
No recruitment procedure for externally funded positions
No recruitment procedureRecruitment procedure (two per year)

Start: September (several for externally funded positions, but preferably September)

Start: several, but preferably in September

Start: Fall and Spring

48 months48 months3 months

Minimum criteria

  • Degree in Law, Criminology or other disciplines relevant to the research themes of ESL.
  • Relevant scientific research skills, proven, for example, by academic publications or by the quality of your master thesis. 
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English – and Dutch if applicable. 
  • A professor affiliated to ESL is willingly to act as your sponsor. 

Minimum criteria

  • Degree in Law, Criminology or other disciplines relevant to the research themes of ESL.
  • Relevant scientific research skills, proven, for example, by academic publications or by the quality of your master thesis. 
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English – and Dutch if applicable. 
  • A professor affiliated to ESL is willingly to act as your sponsor.

Minimum criteria

  • Enlisted (second, third or fourth year) PhD researcher with a master in Law or Criminology at a university outside of the Netherlands.
  • Research related to one of the research programmes of ESL

Formal application requirements

  • Letter of motivation, including information on your present situation
  • CV (including in particular information on: study results and grades; publications; grants / prizes; experience abroad; extra curricular activities)
  • Draft research proposal (maximum 3750 words according the EGSL application format). 
  • Letter of a professor or associate professor of the Erasmus School of Law who has agreed to support your research proposal and will act as your supervisor if you are appointed as a PhD researcher.
  • Proof of your Master’s degree, including grade transcripts of your Bachelor and Master studies
  • Sample of your own work (e.g. master thesis, paper, published article)
  • Two letters of recommendation

Advice when you consult a professor, please inform him/her about

  • Letter of motivation, including information on your present situation
  • CV (including in particular information on: study results and grades; publications; grants / prizes; experience abroad; extra curricular activities)
  •  Draft research proposal (maximum 3750 words according the EGSL application format).   
  • Proof of your Master’s degree, including grade transcripts of your Bachelor and Master studies
  • Sample of your own work (e.g. master thesis, paper, published article)

Formal application requirements

  • Application form 
  • CV (including in particular information on: study results and grades; publications; grants / prizes; experience abroad; extra curricular activities)
  • Proposal (max. 2 pages) of a paper which will be prepared during the research stay (to be published in the EGSL PhD working paper series and presented at a lunch lecture)
  • Sample of your work
  • Confirmation of enrolment or employment as a PhD researcher at a university outside the Netherlands
  • 2 letters of recommendation (including one from your PhD supervisor)
  • Proof of proficiency in  English (TOEFL / IELTS)

Educational programme of EGSL is mandatory. 
The EGSL educational programme enables PhD researchers to develop and enhance their academic skills.

Educational programme of EGSL is not mandatory. 

Educational programme of EGSL is not mandatory.

Facilities

  • Guidance by professor(s) and doctoral committee
  • Office space 
  • Computer facilities
  • Printing facilities
  • Mailbox
  • Library card
  • Participation to EGSL activities

Facilities

  • Guidance by professor(s) and doctoral committee
  • Computer facilities
  • Printing facilities 
  • Mailbox 
  • Library card
  • Participation to EGSL activities
     

Facilities 

  • Guidance by professor(s) related to one of the research programmes of ESL
  • Office space 
  • Computer facilities
  • Printing facilities 
  • Mailbox 
  • Library card
  • Participation to EGSL activities

For general information about (defending) your PhD thesis at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, click here. If you have questions about PhD defences, questions regarding doctoral regulations, general questions, etc, please email your question to EGSL’s school coordinator: egsl@law.eur.nl.