Applications to the ERIM PhD Programme for the next available intake (new academic year) are fully electronic and are made available in Fall (November) every year. The application deadline is mid-January. The processing of applications begins in February, and candidates are advised of admissions decisions in mid-March.
Please note that the deadlines for some specific PhD vacancies might differ from the above-mentioned general deadlines. An occasional PhD vacancy might become available outside the annual recruitment round. The deadline for application is specified in each project description. Please find further details on the PhD Vacancies page.
PhD Project Selection
To apply for the PhD Programme in Management, every applicant first needs to choose among the available PhD positions (see the PhD Vacancies page). It is possible to apply for a maximum of two PhD projects.
You need to submit your application online.
For the online application, applicants need to scan and upload several files and required documents. Only one file per required document is allowed, so you may have to merge several documents into one. Your uploaded files are preferably in PDF format (you can find a free PDF printer at CutePDF), although MS Word and jpeg are also accepted.
If you are nominated for a PhD position, you need to send a complete hard copy application package with all the required documents to the ERIM Doctoral Office.
Applications will only be considered if you provide us with all the necessary documents.
To apply for admission to the ERIM PhD in Management, you should submit:
|Required documents||Regular Mail||Online Application (upload)|
|1. Résumé (curriculum vitae) in English, including all personal data.||only if nominated||x|
|2. A certified copy of all academic diplomas in the original language (certified copies should bear the original sign and original seal of the issuing office). If you are still in process of completing your current degree programme and do not have a diploma yet, you will need to provide it as soon as it is available.||only if nominated||x|
|3. A certified translation of academic diplomas in English or Dutch (if applicable). If a translation is not available from the issuing office, a translation bearing the original sign of a sworn translator will be accepted.||only if nominated||x|
|4. A certified copy of all academic transcripts (lists of grades) in the original language (certified copies should bear the original sign and original seal of the issuing office). If you are still in the process of completing your current degree programme and do not have a final list of grades yet, you will need to provide a preliminary grade list first. It should be an official document issued or verified by your registrars office or examination administration. It should not be older that one month at the moment of application. If you submit a preliminary grade list, you will still need to provide the official one as soon as it becomes available.||only if nominated||x|
|5. A certified translation of the transcripts in English or Dutch (if applicable). If a translation is not available from the issuing office, a translation bearing the original sign of a sworn translator will be accepted.||only if nominated||x|
|6. Two academic letters of recommendation (business letters of recommendation cannot replace the academic letters of recommendation). There is no special format for the letters of recommendation. You will specify the e-mail addresses of the referees in the online application form. They will be invited by ERIM to submit their letter of recommendation.||No||Incorporated in the application form|
|7. Original GMAT or GRE test score (see Test Information)||x||x|
|8. Original TOEFL or IELTS test score (see Test Information)||x||x|
|9. A statement of purpose (why you wish to pursue a PhD at ERIM)||only if nominated||x|
Note: Certified document copies should bear the original sign and original seal of the issuing office. If a translation of the document is not available from the office, a translation bearing the original sign and seal of a sworn translator will be accepted.
Applications by e-mail or fax are not accepted.
Only applications with all the necessary documents enclosed will be considered.
Official documents included in your application package will not be returned and will become the property of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
ERIM Doctoral Office
Erasmus Research Institute of Management
RSM Erasmus University
P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam
If you have questions regarding the admission requirements and application rules please refer to the FAQ page of the "Admissions" section.
For information about the selection procedure please consult our Selection Procedure page.
If you want to apply for the programme but couldn’t meet the application deadline or have other specific questions that are not listed on the FAQ page, please contact the ERIM Doctoral Office for personal advice at email@example.com.