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.

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