Erasmus Graduate School of Law

During a PhD

Grants & Funding

There is a wide variety of funding sources available to (junior and senior) researchers. Please contact Wilma Puper for more information about

 National funding opportunities, European Framework Programme 7 (FP7) or other European funding opportunities and international grant schemes and funds. Students seeking information about grants and funds for studying, work placements or conference visits abroad should go to Nuffic grants page or to the scholarship portal.

Educational Programme

The Erasmus Graduate School of Law (EGSL) offers young researchers in the field of law and criminology a broad postgraduate Educational Programme consisting of (1) courses into writing skills, (2) research methods and (3) courses elaborating the PhD theme as such. The Educational Programme is set up in an inspiring, multidisciplinary and dynamic research environment, in which reflection is stimulated and in which senior and junior researchers can exchange ideas and experiences in order to learn and grow.

Participation in the Educational Programme is formalized within the trajectory of the PhD trajectory in the first year, and depends on how a PhD researcher is affiliated with ESL:  it is compulsory for fulltime (1,0 fte-0,8 fte) PhD researchers with an ESL-employee status and other fulltime PhD researchers, and it is optional for PhD researchers with a parttime appointment of less than 0,8 fte and other parttime PhD researchers. When participation is optional, the PhD researcher can select  - in consultation with the supervisor and EGSL -  the courses he or she wants to participate in.

Participants in the EGSL Educational Programme will receive professional guidance by a variety of senior researchers, a process which will be monitored by a thorough internal system of quality control. PhD researchers also will be invoked to take part in scientific and social activities – such as attending and presenting their findings at a national or international conference – and will be stimulated to publish multiple articles in scientific journals.

Block 1 (September 15th – November 7th)

Academic Writing in English (EGSL02)

4,0 ects

Research Lab (biweekly) (EGSL01)

2,5 ects

Collaborating with your Supervisor (EGSL04)

1,0 ects



Block 2 (November 8th – January 2nd)

Introduction to Legal Research Methods (biweekly) (EGSL03)

5,0 ects

Research Lab (biweekly) (EGSL01)

2,5 ects


Block 3 (January 3rd – March 13th)

Reflections on Social Science Research (EGSL05)

5,0 ects

Writing Clinic, part I (EGSL06)

2,5 ects

Research Lab (biweekly) (EGSL01)

2,5 ects

Block 4 (March 14th – May 29th) 
Academic Writing in English (Presentation skills) (EGSL02)

1,0 ects

Writing Clinic, part II (EGSL06)

2,5 ects

Research Lab (biweekly) (EGSL01)

2,5 ects

Independent Study: preparation of the research proposal and following of individual external courses

29 ects


60 ects

The Probationary Year will be closed by Review Day, a quite unique event held each year in the end of May. On Review Day all first-year PhD researchers will present their research to the entire staff of EGSL.

Current PhD researchers are welcome to check out the current course schedule at the EGSL channel.

Activities throughout the PhD programme

PhD researchers will be involved in national and international scientific and social activities, and encouraged to develop their own initiatives. EGSL organizes various lunch meetings. In these meetings, one PhD researcher tells about his or her research. The graduate school also organizes themed meetings where a range of speakers share their experiences and provide information about applications or procedures, for example concerning the organisation of a research stay abroad, publication strategies, or career opportunities after obtaining the PhD degree. For more information about the next themed meeting, we refer to the News page. EGSL also holds an annual competition: the Call for Ideas. The best idea for a conference will be rewarded with a maximum of 5000 euro and secretarial assistance in order to realize the idea. Current PhD researchers are welcome to check out the current course schedule at the EGSL channel.


Each PhD researcher is assigned to a supervisor (promotor), a daily supervisor (if applicable) and a doctorate committee. This supervising team will follow and monitor the PhD researcher throughout the four-year appointment. EGSL has defined three main moments of evaluation: at the end of the first academic year, and in the 28th month and the 40th month after the start of the second phase appointment. Each evaluation is made by the doctoral committee.

Promotor and daily supervisor

In the Training and Supervision Plan the schedule of meetings with your supervisor and daily supervisor is established.

Doctorate committee

The doctorate committee is appointed to ensure the academic quality of PhD researchers as well as monitoring his or her progress. The doctoral committee consists of the supervisor, the co-supervisor, two senior researchers plus the EGSL Director or EGSL PhD Dean.

Supervising the supervision

EGSL organises a course for PhD researchers on how to collaborate with their promotor and supervisor (1 ects), in which common experiences can be exchanged on the aspects that are involved in being a PhD researcher. In addition, a course “Quality on Supervision” for PhD supervisors will be offered as well. In this course supervisors will exchange experiences on the aspects that are involved in being a PhD supervisor.

EGSL guidance

Each PhD researcher will be invited by the EGSL PhD Dean of Education for an informative talk at the start of the probationary phase, and on a yearly basis further on in the PhD trajectory. If needed, the EGSL PhD Dean of Education can always be approached for confidential or practical matters.