External track

The selection of external PhD candidates is done by individual professors at Erasmus School of Economics. Selected candidates will be reviewed by the School to ensure that they are able to successfully conduct independent scientific research and complete a thesis with a realistic chance of success.

(Candidates with non-Dutch diplomas also need to apply for accreditation of their diplomas at the Erasmus University Rotterdam Admissions Office, see below).

  • Only the full, personal and endowed Professors of Erasmus School of Economics, who are members of one of the respective Graduate Schools (ERIM and / or Tinbergen Institute), are authorized to recruit and supervise a PhD student.
  • To start the recruitment process the promotor (the primary supervisor) submits a written project proposal by e-mail to the Secretary of the Research Advisory Committee (in Dutch: Vaste Commissie voor de Wetenschapsbeoefening) (form available from the secretary of the Research Advisory Committee, vangent@remove-this.ese.eur.nl).
  • To apply for a position in the programme, the promotor (the primary supervisor) must submit a 'PhD programme application form' by e-mail to the Secretary of the Research Advisory Committee (in Dutch: Vaste Commissie voor de Wetenschapsbeoefening), including the supporting documentation such as CV, diploma's, lists of grades and recommendation letters (form available on request from the Secretary of the Research Advisory Committee, vangent@remove-this.ese.eur.nl).
  • The Research Advisory Committee regularly convenes to advise the School's management and the promotor(es) on the proposed external candidates.
  • After the meeting of the Research Advisory Committee the Dean will decide whether or not to endorse the candidate's external PhD position.
  • The applicant is asked to submit 'Form 1: notification of intention to pursue a doctorate' to the Beadle's Office as soon as possible.
  • After this form has been approved by the Dean the admission procedure is complete and the Rector Magnificus of the University will be requested to give approval for the doctoral research project.
  • All PhD projects at Erasmus School of Economics are subject to the Erasmus University Doctoral Regulations, projects therefore require an approved Education and Supervision Plan and must be supervised by at least two supervisors.

  Admission for candidates with non-Dutch diplomas

  • Before applying for an external PhD position in the Erasmus School of Economics PhD programme the intended promotor (only full, personal and endowed Professors of our School, who are members of one of the respective Graduate Schools (ERIM / Tinbergen Institute) can be a promotor) must send ant non-Dutch diplomas and required supporting documentation to the Erasmus University Rotterdam Admissions Office.
  • The Admissions Office reviews all submitted non-Dutch diplomas and supporting documentation and asks the Erasmus School of Economics Examination Board and of NUFFIC (the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education) for advice in this matter. 
  • If the Admissions Office deems the received diplomas fit for the start of a PhD project the promotor is allowed to initiate the placement procedure for an external PhD candidate outlined above.