Ph.D. in Management (The Netherlands) Deadline: June 17, 2019

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Application Deadline

June 17, 2019

Program Commencement


Duration of the Program

Up to 5 Years

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Program Details

Named after Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, a 15th-century humanist and theologian, Erasmus University Rotterdam is a highly ranked, international research university. The University, based in the dynamic and diverse city of Rotterdam, was founded in 1913 and is currently one of the biggest universities of the Netherlands.

The Erasmus Institute of Management (ERIM) is the joint research institute of Rotterdam School of Management, and the Erasmus School of Economics, of the University. Each year, ERIM initiates and starts a substantial number of new and internationally oriented PhD research projects. The focus of these fully-funded and salaried PhD positions is on pioneering and innovative research in the field of Management and Business Research.

ERIM’s research group OB/HRM highlights the role of leadership, teamwork, HR practices and employee well-being in the performance of individuals and teams. The research group is looking for a PhD candidate in OB/HRM to be part of this program of research. The specific focus of the project will be determined in a collaboration between the PhD candidate and the supervising faculty, but the expectation is that the focus would be aligned with the core expertise of the supervisory team in leadership, diversity, HR management, performance management, teamwork, social networks, creativity, and empowerment.

The PhD project is funded for up to five years and should be able to yield at least three journal publications. 

Read more here.

Eligibility/ Requirements

To be considered for a position in the PhD in Management program candidates are expected to have:

  • At least an MSc, MA or MPhil degree in business or economics, or from related fields such as psychology, sociology, engineering, mathematics, etc. (depending on the PhD project) 
  • Excellent results in their first degree/graduate study.
  • Explicit interest in and motivation for scientific research. 
  • A GMAT-test (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE-test (Graduate Record Examinations) is required for all entering students. The test results should not be older than five years and an indication of the required score is 85%.
  • ERIM requires that candidates whose native language is not English have to submit scores of the TOEFL/IELTS test. If the language of instruction of your entire university education (bachelor and master program) was English, you may submit a TOEFL/IELTS waiver request. The final decision on the waiver request will be made by ERIM. ERIM requires a TOEFL score of at least 100 on the internet based test and 600 on the paper-based test. For IELTS there is a minimum score of 7.5. The language test results should not be older than two years. 
  • In addition to these formal requirements, candidates for the Program are selected on the basis of their CVs, academic references, and interview(s) with the potential supervisor(s

Experience with survey research as well as laboratory experimentation, and a solid grounding knowledge of theories of organizational behaviour are advantages. The candidate should have an active interest in, and some experience with, behavioural research, good English writing skills, and a strong interest in OB/HRM.

Please consult the webpages of the faculty listed as potential supervisors for further information on their expertise and research. Also, have a look at the profiles of some of the current PhD students of the group to understand better as to what a PhD project in Organizational Behaviour could look like.

Application Process

Apply online herePlease read the instructions carefully and attach the required documents along with the application.

For the online application, applicants need to scan and upload several files and required documents. Only one file per required document is allowed, so you may have to merge several documents into one. Your uploaded files are preferably in PDF format (you can find a free PDF printer at CutePDF), although MS Word and jpeg are also accepted. If you are nominated for a PhD position, you need to send a complete hard copy application package with all the required documents to the ERIM Doctoral Office.

If you have questions regarding the admission requirements and application rules please refer to the FAQ page.

If you want to apply for the program but could not meet the application deadline or have other specific questions that are not listed on the FAQ page, please contact the ERIM Doctoral Office for personal advice at


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