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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.

Fees for scholarship and external PhD candidates

PhD candidates who are not employed by the University of Amsterdam  but receive a scholarship, pay a fee of €4.545 up to €15.000 annually (depending on the specific situation). This fee covers a variety of costs such as the selection procedure, supervision, PhD training (core courses, seminars) and a small research budget.

Self-funded external PhDs can ask for a tuition fee waiver, but still need to bring their own budget to cover costs of living (see explanation below).

Scholarship PhDs

If you have obtained a scholarship to pursue your PhD, please provide additional information about the conditions.

External PhDs

What funding is obtained to cover the monthly allowance for the duration of the PhD trajectory (in general 4 years, full-time)? When you will be residing in Amsterdam this minimum monthly allowance is rated at €1,717.

Scholarship and self-funded external PhDs will need a research budget of at least €9,000 for the whole PhD trajectory.

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)