PhD programme

Teacher and student
The IVM PhD Programme offers opportunities for high-quality graduates leading to a doctorate: excellent supervision by senior researchers, membership of IVM’s research community; a training programme, including courses at VU University, as well as SENSE and other Research Schools, such as the Tinbergen Institute; a flexible office with computer facilities; access to student facilities at VU University such as libraries; sports facilities and cultural activities; and assistance in arranging accommodation and visas.

PhD research subjects can be supervised under the following IVM research themes:
Environmental Economics
Environmental Policy Analysis
Spatial Analysis and Decision Support
Water and Climate Risk

Tuition fees for PhD candidates are currently € 10,000 for the first year and € 6,000 for subsequent years. The tuition fee does not include travel, accommodation, study materials, thesis printing, insurance, living and incidental costs. However, up to € 2,000 of the tuition for the first year will be available towards the costs of conferences and courses outside VU University during later years. The fee can be partly waived in exchange for assistance in research or teaching, however, the number of student assistantships is limited. The cost of living for the average student coming to the Netherlands is approximately € 8,000 per year. Scholarships are available from Dutch, EU and home governments, industry and non-governmental organisations. Alternatively - or in parallel - one may consider applying for a temporary staff position on a pre-determined topic and project (see vacancies).

Contact information: Dr Ad van Dommelen

If you like to apply, please complete the application form (available for download below) and send it as electronic copy with the required additional information to the e-mail address mentioned on the form. The IVM Graduate Studies admissions board will assess your application and respond promptly. Applications are invited all year round. PhD Studies at IVM are tailor-made and may commence quarterly. 

Download PhD application form here:
Application Form Environmental Studies PhD Programme