PhD vacancies at Erasmus School of Economics

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Erasmus School of Economics has open PhD positions

The projects are hosted by Erasmus School of Economics and are affiliated with one of Schools’ graduate schools: ERIM or the Tinbergen Institute. Erasmus School of Economics has a long tradition of academic and applied research, and is a leading academic institution, hosting some of the world’s foremost economists in all major areas of economics and business economics.


Candidate Profile and Admission Requirements

Potential PhD candidates are expected to have:

  • A (Research) Master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the PhD project
  • Excellent study results
  • Strong and explicit interest and motivation for scientific research
  • Valid GRE General Test results (all 3 sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing)
  • Excellent command of English (minimum CEFR C1)
  • Candidates are selected on the basis of their CVs, motivation, academic references, and interview(s) with potential supervisors. 

Furthermore, candidates are required to be admissible to either ERIM (ERIM admission requirements) or the Tinbergen Institute (Tinbergen admission requirements), depending on the specific project.


Fixed-term contract: Temporary, 4 or 5 years.

Our PhD projects are fully funded salaried positions with a duration of 4 or 5 years (depending on pre-education), meaning that appointed PhD candidates are employees of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). The salary for a PhD-employee (promovendus) starts at €2.395,- gross per month in the first year, increasing up to €3.061,- in the last year. In addition, the EUR pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, along with 41 paid leave days in case of full-time employment.

Our university offers an attractive fringe benefits such as child care and excellent sports facilities. Additionally, the flexible Employment Conditions Selection Model allows you to put together your own personal package.  Depending on the type of appointment, EUR also provides opportunities for personal development by offering short courses in addition to the scientific courses.

Moreover, we offer a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assists spouses in their search for a job on the Dutch labour market through an intensive three-step programme with a personalised approach that will suit each individual’s unique needs by providing support, training and hopefully creating enjoyment around your spouse’s job search. Furthermore it provides possibilities to get in touch with other internationals and spouses at Erasmus University Rotterdam and in the region through workshops and network events. 

The candidate’s performance is evaluated after 18 months and after a sufficiently satisfactory assessment, the contract is extended for the remainder of the project.

The preferred starting date of PhD appointment is September 1, 2021.


Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research. Our scientists and students work in close collaboration with internal and external parties to solve global, social challenges, inspired by the always dynamic and cosmopolitan Rotterdam. Our mission is therefore “Creating positive societal impact”. Our academic education is intensive, active and application-oriented. Our research increasingly takes place in multidisciplinary teams, which are strongly intertwined with international networks. With our research impact and thanks to the high quality of education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. The Erasmian values ​​function as our internal compass and make Erasmus University recognizable to the outside world: engaged with society, world citizen, connecting, entrepreneurial and open-minded.

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Erasmus School of Economics

Erasmus School of Economics offers university-level bachelor’s and master’s programmes in Dutch and English. Our research focuses on a variety of economic issues and is affiliated in part with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. What makes economists trained in Rotterdam stand out is their effectiveness, drive and commitment. We not only devote attention to the issues of today, but we also focus on possible solutions to the problems of tomorrow.


Additional information about the application procedure can be obtained from the ESE Doctoral Office via

For questions about the projects please contact the project supervisors listed in the individual project description.

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