Admission and application - PhD programmes

Once you have decided on a study programme, you will need to start preparing for your studies abroad. The process starts with an application for admission.

In the Netherlands, a doctorate degree (PhD) can be obtained in different ways:

  • Research proposal & supervision – you submit a new and original research proposal to a professor who is willing to support and supervise you. Finding a suitable professor means checking out international networks, scientific publications, bilateral contacts between your home institution and a Dutch university, the Internet, etc.
  • PhD projects & vacancy – you are employed by the university and you receive a salary for doing existing research projects. Erasmus University Rotterdam publishes its PhD vacancies on the Internet:
  • PhD programmes – you participate in an educational PhD programme offered by a research school.

Please select one or more schools or institutes for specific information on various PhD tracks.