FAQ


Is it possible to complete the programme from abroad?

The programme is organised in 8 residential modules, consisting of 4-5 consecutive days each. This setup also makes it ideal for candidates residing outside of the Netherlands, as they only have to travel a limited number of times to Rotterdam. The 4 mandatory modules in year 1 take place every 2-3 months.

Last update: 27 June 2022


What are the total costs for the programme?

The programme fee is € 12,000 per year for the first two years, and € 7,000 for each subsequent year.

Last update: 27 June, 2022


Are there any scholarships available for this programme?

From academic year 2021 on, a yearly maximum of two scholarships are offered for the Part-Time PhD programme. The scholarships are meant to support excellent candidates who are not able to financially sustain program participation through their own resources.  The scholarship covers the tuition costs.

Candidates who wish to apply for a scholarship need to indicate this in their application for the programme and credibly demonstrate that a scholarship is a necessary condition for their participation. This implies that other options for financial support, like a contribution from the employer or a research scholarship from different organisations have been investigated by the candidate prior to the application.

For all candidates eligible for the scholarship, the selection will be made based on excellence.

The continuation of the scholarships will be decided on a yearly basis, based on progress made and ongoing need for financial support.

Last update: 27 June, 2022


How do I get in touch with a potential sponsor / supervisor for my project?

If you have a personal contact with a professor, you may contact them directly to see whether they are interested in your project and/or acting as a supervisor for your project.

Last update: 27 June, 2022


How many candidates do you accept in each cohort?

For the 2022 cohort we aim to have approximately 20 candidates.

Last update: 27 June, 2022


I missed the application deadline; can I still apply?

If you missed the application deadline of March 15th by only a few weeks, you may contact us directly (ptphd@erim.eur.nl) to discuss your options. If the programme is not yet filled, we may be able to accept a late application, depending on supervisory capacity.

Last update: 27 June, 2022


I have already completed part of a PhD programme elsewhere; can I transfer these credits to your programme?

This will depend on the nature of the courses followed and any exemptions will be decided on a case-by-case basis. However, the modules are organised in such a way that they build upon one another, so following the entire course programme is recommended.

Last update: June 27, 2022


Where can I find details on the course programme?

Please send an email to ptphd@erim.eur.nl.

Last update: June 27, 2022


How do I get in touch with a professor who can act as supervisor for my PhD project?

If you have a personal contact with a professor, you may contact them directly to see whether they are interested in your project and/or acting as a supervisor for your project. If you don’t have a connection yet it is best to start by looking at our research area descriptions (link “Open PhD projects”) and connect your research idea to one of the themes described there in your application. We will then (try to) match you with interested faculty members.

Last update: June 27, 2022


Do I need to submit a research proposal in my application?

No, this is not mandatory. It is mandatory to submit a sample of academic writing, which can be a research proposal, but could also be a thesis excerpt or a paper.

However, it increases your chances of acceptance, if you have thought about the questions that would normally be addressed in a research proposal (see below) and if you can address them in your application.

If this just consumes one or two paragraphs, it will be most convenient to include it in the motivation letter. If you need more space to address these questions properly, it is advised to submit a research proposal.

Last update: June 27, 2022


How do I develop my research idea into a proper academic research proposal?

Have a look at our research areas (link “Open PhD projects”) and try to connect your idea to the themes described there. Have a look at the (academic) literature regarding these themes and topics: To what extent is your question already answered? To what extent is it new, and adds to the body of knowledge that is already there? Have similar problems been researched in the literature – and how have researchers approached them? Would that approach also work for your question?

The research proposal that you submit in your application (if any) will serve as a first point of departure with your potential supervisors, and will develop over the first year in the programme into a proper academic research proposal.

Last update: June 27, 2022


What kind of topics do part-time PhD students research at ERIM?

Have a look at our dissertations and open PhD projects.

Last update: June 27, 2022