ISS PhD fellowships in Development Studies

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The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), located in The Hague, Netherlands, is offering five prestigious PhD fellowships in Development Studies under the Global Development and Social Justice research program. These fellowships are open to non-EU international students who wish to pursue their doctoral studies in various areas related to development.

Scholarship Details:

  • Host Institution: International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), part of Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Location: The Hague, Netherlands
  • Number of Awards: 5
  • Target Group: Non-EU International students

Fields of Study: Applicants can choose from the following cross-cutting themes within the ISS research program:

  1. Global Development and Social Justice
  2. Migration
  3. Environment and Climate Change
  4. Social Protection and Inequality
  5. Conflict
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Additionally, there is one PhD fellowship available specifically for research related to the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa.

Scholarship Value and Duration: Selected PhD students will receive a monthly fellowship of €1,630, along with an allowance to cover fieldwork costs, typically conducted during the second year of the PhD program. The duration of the fellowship is a maximum of four years, starting from 1 September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be citizens of countries not included in the European Economic Area.
  • A Master’s degree in one of the Social Sciences or an equivalent qualification from a recognized university or Institute for Higher Education is required.
  • A research proposal focusing on one of the specified areas is necessary (4-6 pages).
  • Proficiency in English is essential, as evidenced by a degree from an English-speaking university or the results of a recognized proficiency test (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, or British Council).
  • Three referees who can provide information about the applicant’s academic strengths are required.
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Application Process: As of now, applications for the fellowships are closed. Interested candidates should have submitted their applications by 15 June 2016.

Applicants need to send their applications for the five fellowships to the ISS selection committee at phdfellowships2016[at] More information and inquiries can be directed to Professor Wil Hout, Deputy Rector for Research, at hout[at]

For further details on the application process and accessing the official scholarship website, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the official scholarship website at Additionally, information about the ISS and the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa can be found at and, respectively.

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Please note that the information provided here is based on the 2016 round of PhD fellowships, and interested candidates should refer to the official website for the most up-to-date information on any future opportunities.

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