EUSA ID - International Institute of Social Studies/Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam/International Institute of Social Studies

Erasmus University Rotterdam is a research university, driven by a strong focus on current social issues. The university concentrates its expertise on issues of management, organisation and policy in the public and private sectors as well as on the field of sickness and health care. Erasmus University Rotterdam has bundled its education and research in four areas of expertise in which the university has a national and international reputation to maintain: health, welfare, governance, and culture.
The university regards as its core tasks: to generate knowledge from research, to share knowledge in education and to transfer knowledge to the community. Its driving forces are academic curiosity, critical reflection and social engagement.

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The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague is part of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). It is a graduate institute of policy-oriented critical social science, founded in 1952 and able to draw on sixty years of experience. ISS is a highly diverse international community of scholars and students from the global south and the north, which brings together people, ideas and insights in a multi-disciplinary setting which nurtures, fosters and promotes critical thinking and conducts innovative research into fundamental social problems.

ISS' mission is to create and share state-of-the-art critical knowledge in relation to global issues in the areas of international development, social justice and equity. The strong partnerships with organizations and individuals in developing countries make up a network in which the co-creation of knowledge and an integrated approach to research and teaching can flourish and remain societally relevant. ISS research focuses on studying political, economic and social developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, North Africa, the Middle East and transition economies. The Institute explores new developments in North-South and South-South relationships and the role of the BRICS countries, especially in relation to globalization and development.

Over the past 60 years over 11,000 students from over 150 countries have studied at ISS. Most of them came from countries in Global South and returned to their countries of origin after graduation.

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PhD Programmes
PhD in Development Studies

ISS offers a four-year programme leading to the internationally recognized degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Development Studies. About 90 researchers are enrolled in the PhD programme, all in a different phase of their doctorate. Most of them are at work in their own office in the ISS building, refining their research proposal, or conducting a literature search, or they are in the final phase of writing their thesis. PhD researchers are embedded in one of ISS' four research programmes (Economics of Development & Emerging Markets; Governance, Globalization and Social Justice; Civic Innovation Research Initiative; and Political Economy of Resources, Environment and Population). Those in the second year of the programme are away doing fieldwork.
During the current call, only non-degree seeking mobility of 24 months can be offered (see how to apply), but this might be extended to a degree seeking mobility.

Alumni testimonial by PhD student Ricardo Sousa, Portugal SousaRicardo
My name is Ricardo Sousa, I am from Portugal. After some years of development work, both as practitioner and researcher, I decided to undertake a PhD to deepen my understanding of my field - conflict and peace processes. At the PhD programme in ISS-EUR I found a truly international experience with a multicultural environment spanning all continents. Such uniqueness interacts with the institute's inter-disciplinary approach to broaden and deepen the critical thinking over the social issues analyzed in the various seminars and activities of the programme.

Alumni testimonial by PhD Ariane Agnes Corradi ,Brazil ArianeAgnesCorradi-ISS

"ISS has broadened my horizons in knowledge, theories, political stands, world views and approaches, music, food, values, gender roles, myths, words, alphabets, expectations, and dreams. It has made my world a lot smaller, and a lot bigger at the same time."

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Selection Results

EUSA-ID selected 8 Master and PhD applicants for the 3rd Wave of the 3rd Cohort and several staff applicants. For details please have a look at the news part of our website.

EUSA_ID selected 28 applicants for a scholarship for the 1nd and 2nd Wave of the 3rd Cohort 2015/2016! For details have a look at the news part of our website.

EUSA_ID selected 18 applicants for a scholarship for the 2nd cohort 2015! For details please have a look at the news part of our website.

EUSA_ID selected 29 applicants for a scholarship for the 1st cohort in 2014. For details please have a look at the news part of our website

Online Application

The 3rd call for applications will be open end of June 2015. In order to get more information about the application procedure, please refer to the "How to apply section".


Mid-term meeting of EUSA_ID as well as the meeting of the selection committee took place at the Ruhr-University Bochum.

Pre departure event took place in Cape Town, at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

08.05. 2014
The Meeting of the Selection Committee took place in Cape Town/ South Africa.

10.10.–11.10. 2013

The EUSA_ID kick off meeting took place in Bordeaux. All 13 university partners and 3 associated partners were represented.

01.10.–02.10. 2013

Dr. Gabriele Bäcker (RUB) and Prof. Julian May (UWC) took part in the Erasmus Mundus Coordinators' Conference in Brussels.

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