Erasmus Graduate School of Law

Obtaining a PhD

EGSL funded positions (and externally funded positions)

Every year, Erasmus Graduate School of Law (EGSL) has a few openings for the position of PhD researcher in Law or Criminology (M/F 1.0 FTE, start in September). We are looking for PhD researchers who will perform excellent research in Law or Criminology in connection with one of the research themes pursued by Erasmus School of Law. There is an open application round, in which candidates are selected on the basis of their professional qualification, the letter of motivation, the quality of their own research proposal, and the extent to which this fits with the research profile of Erasmus School of Law. 

The minimum criteria are:

  • Degree in Law, Criminology or other disciplines relevant to the research themes of Erasmus School of Law.
  • 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. 
  • English proficiency test: IELTS: 7.5 (min. 6.0 for all subs.), TOEFL: 100 (internet) or 600 (paper) or GMAT-test or GRE-test: 85%. An exemption can be given if the candidate participated in education in a country with English as the mother tongue, for at least 2,5 years (UK, USA, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa.
  • A professor affiliated to Erasmus School of Law is willingly to act as your sponsor

Advice when you consult a professor to be your supervisor, please provide him/her with

  • Letter of motivation, including information on your present situation
  • A CV (including in particular information on study results and grades; publications; grants/prizes; experience abroad; extracurricular activities)
  • Draft research proposal (maximum 3950 words according to the EGSL application format).   
  • Proof of your Master’s degree, including grade transcripts of your Bachelor and Master studies
  • A sample of your own work (e.g. master thesis, paper, published article)

When the professor agrees on being your supervisor, a hospitality agreement is necessary. This can be requested by the department of your supervisor. Required annexes: a copy of your passport, short research proposal, short training and supervision plan.

Duration: 48 months.

  • Driven by its ambition to expand its position as a leading research institute in Europe, Erasmus School of Law is recruiting 11 full-time PhD researchers in Law and Criminology. 

    full overview.

    There is also the possibility to carry out research as an external PhD candidate. In that case, you have to contact a professor yourself to discuss your ideas for a PhD projectand he or she needs to be willing and able to supervise your project. Names and research topics are listed on the Erasmus School of Law website
    Duration: Equivalent of 48 months.

    EDLE is an excellent programme sponsored by the European Commission under the Erasmus Mundus scheme. It offers the unique opportunity to study Law and Economics on a PhD-level in (at least) three different countries. The programme prepares economists and lawyers of high promise for an academic career in a research field of growing importance or for responsible positions in government, research organizations and international consulting groups.

    Erasmus School of Law participates in the European Doctorate in Law and Economics, a joint doctoral programme by four of the leading European universities: Bologna, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Rennes 1. EDLE has 6-7 scholarships available, starting October 2020, application deadline 1 February 2020. All complete applications are taken into consideration for the EDLE programme. Please note that after the deadline of 1 February 2020 the EDLE Joint Selection Committee will select the candidates and the EDLE board (not the applicant!)  will assign the home university and supervisors. For more information about the programme, admission requirements and the application procedure, see

    The Erasmus School of Law has been engaged for many years in a number of research and educational activities with Chinese law schools and other institutions. In order to further structure and reinforce these relations, the Erasmus China Law Centre will expand the capacity of teaching and research on Chinese law, increase our competitiveness in instigating Chinese law-related projects, and strengthen our advisory work to the government and business community. The ECLC is part of the Erasmus School of Law. From November 2010 the Erasmus China Law Centre has been engaged in the selection process and reviewing of PhD/CSC applications from China.

    Are you a PhD researcher from outside the Netherlands interested in a short research visit to Rotterdam?

    Erasmus Graduate School of Law (EGSL) would like to ask your attention for scholarships for a: Junior Fellowship (PhD researcher (m/f)) for the duration of 6 weeks up to 3 months.

    A Junior Fellowship is intended to offer a PhD researcher from abroad an opportunity to pursue his or her research in the academic research environment at Erasmus School of Law. Taking part in this Junior Fellowship is a great opportunity for foreign PhD researchers to broaden their network, participate in a research programme at Erasmus School of Law and follow advanced research courses offered by EGSL.

    Junior Fellowship 2019 (deadline has passed)