Applying for a PhD position

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The minimum requirements for becoming a PhD member of PE&RC are:

  1. Be accepted by one of the PE&RC groups as a PhD candidate
  2. Have proof of funding
  3. Sufficient insight in the ability of the PhD candidate to be admitted to the University's PhD programme, which encompasses:
    1. A successfully completed academic training at MSc level
      If needed, a Qualifying Exam may be required to be admitted to the Wageningen University PhD Programme. This is decided upon by the Academic Board of the University in consultation with the promotor. This exam is not credited within the Education Programme itself.
    2. Proof of proficiency in the English language
      PhD candidates from non-Anglophone countries are required to submit an internationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency in the English Language (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS). This certificate is not a requirement for PhD candidates who have completed their higher education with English as the language of instruction. Requirements are:
      - TOEFL internet-based 90, with minimum sub-score 20 for speaking,
      - IELTS 6.5, with minimum sub-score 6.0 for speaking,
      - Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) minimum grade B,
      - Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) any grade.
Regular applications

The regular way to obtain a PhD position within PE&RC is to apply for a vacant position on a PhD project at one of the research groups affiliated to PE&RC. Most PhD vacancies at our partnering institutes are posted on Academic Transfer.

Open applications

If you wish to do a PhD within PE&RC but there are no vacancies in your field of interest, you should provide for your own project funding. Funding is needed for (1) the university tuition fee, (2) the departmental research fee, and (3) the costs of living while residing in the Netherlands. PE&RC does not assist in finding sources of funding.