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Application and Admission

Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research / AISSR

Application Prospective PhD candidates can start at the AISSR by two pathways for admission: through the application procedure or by securing private funding (External PhDs).

Application procedure

Check out the available PhD positions at the UvA vacancy portal.  

Private funding

If you submit your own research proposal you should be aware of the following:

  • Which topic would you like to explore?
  • Which programme group would you like to join?
  • Which supervisor do you have in mind?
  • What funding is obtained to cover the associated fees?
  • How does your time plan roughly look like?

If a PhD project is financed by the University of Amsterdam or through a grant awarded to the University by a third party, the PhD degree is conferred by the University of Amsterdam.

For the complete information regarding external PhD’s, please check out the PhD Admission Manual.

Admission criteria

The minimum requirements  for all PhD candidates are:


  • Master’s degree, or academic degree that is equivalent to Dutch final university examination

English language proficiency test

(one of listed)

    Internet-based test (minimum total score 100, minimum score on each component: 22)
    Paper-based test (minimum total score 600, minimum score on each component: 57)
  • IELTS (minimum total score: 7.0, minimum score on each component: 6.5)
  • CAE and CPE (minimum score: C)