ISS PhD fellowships in Development Studies

International Institute of Social Studies
PhD Degree

Deadline: 15 June 2016 (annual)
Study in:  Netherlands
Course starts 1 Sept 2016

Brief description:

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), part of Erasmus University Rotterdam and located in The Hague (The Netherlands), is recruiting outstanding students for 5 PhD fellowships in Development Studies within the ISS research programme Global Development and Social Justice.

Host Institution(s):

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), part of Erasmus University Rotterdam and located in The Hague (The Netherlands)

Level/Field of study:

In the 2016 round, four PhD fellowships are available for research related to the following cross-cutting themes in the ISS research programme Global Development and Social Justice: Global Development and Social Justice; Migration; Environment and climate change; Social protection and inequality; and Conflict.

One PhD fellowship is available for research on topics related to the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa.

Number of Awards:


Target group:

Non-EU International students

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

PhD students will receive a fellowship of €1,630 per month, plus an additional allowance to cover the costs of their field work, which normally takes place during the second year into the PhD programme.

The PhD fellowships are for a maximum period of four years, starting 1 September 2016 or as soon thereafter as possible.


The PhD fellowships are available only for citizens of countries that are not part of the European Economic Area. For all fellowships, applicants should submit the following:

a. Proof of having obtained an MA Degree in one of the Social Sciences or equivalent, comprising at least four years of study at an internationally recognised university or Institute for Higher Education, as evidenced by certified copies of degrees and diplomas, and by copies of academic transcripts.

b. A research proposal in one of the areas indicated above (4-6 pages).

c. Good command of English, both orally and in writing, as evidenced by holding a degree from an English-speaking university or by supplying the results of a proficiency test from a recognised authority (such as TOEFL, IELTS or British Council).

d. Names of at least three referees, who should be able to provide information about the applicant’s academic strengths.

Application instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

Applications for the five fellowships can be sent to the ISS selection committee PhD fellowships 2016 – phdfellowships2016[at] More information can be obtained from Professor Wil Hout, Deputy Rector for Research – hout[at]  Applications should be submitted by 15 June 2016.

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