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PhD vacancy at Erasmus School of Economics

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)

Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) has 10 open PhD positions. 

These projects are hosted by ESE and are affiliated with one of ESE’s graduate schools: ERIM or the Tinbergen Institute. ESE 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.

An overview of the individual projects is available on the: ESE website 

Candidate Profile and Admission Requirements:
Potential PhD candidates are expected to have:

  • MSc, MA or Mphil degree in economics, business economics or econometrics, or from a related field (depending on the PhD project)
  • Excellent results in their first degree/graduate study
  • Strong and explicit interest in and motivation for scientific research
  • Excellent command of English (minimum CEFR level C1)

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).

Candidates are selected on the basis of their CVs, academic references, and interview(s) with potential supervisors. 

Conditions of employment

Our PhD projects are fully funded and salaried positions with a duration of 3 or 4 years (depending on pre-education), meaning that appointed PhD candidates are employees (promovendus) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). The monthly salary for PhD candidates starts at € 2.266, rising each year up to a maximum of € 2.897 in the final year (2018 figures, gross and fixed amounts, in case of fulltime employment). In addition, the EUR pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year payment of 8.3%, along with 29 leave days in the case of full time employment. The candidate's performance is evaluated after 18 months and if it is sufficiently strong, the contract is extended for the remainder of the project.

The preferred starting date of PhD appointment is September 1st, 2019. 

Contract type: Temporary, 3 or 4 years. 

How to apply?

The recruitment round ends on 15 January, 2019. See the individual project descriptions on the ESE website to apply. 

Additional information

Additional information about the application procedure can be obtained from the ESE PhD admissions office, Ms. Laurie Slegtenhorst, tel: +31 (0) 10 408 9051 (available Monday till Thursday from 9.00 to 17.00), e-mail:

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

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Rotterdam - Netherlands
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: €2,266 to €2,897
£2,015.38 to £2,576.59 converted salary* monthly starting salary
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 1st November 2018
Closes: 15th January 2019
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