PhD Candidates

PhD students make an important contribution to Utrecht University's research. Candidates should have excellent research skills and methods. During a PhD trajectory, PhD candidates work under the supervision of a supervisor (a professor or associate professor with the right to supervise PhD candidates) on a research project culminating in a dissertation. This is followed by a PhD ceremony in which the candidate defends the thesis. If this is successful, the candidate is awarded the title of doctor. 

You can read more about doing a PhD at Utrecht University here. The PhD regulations state the requirements that a PhD candidate and a doctorate must meet.

Doing a PhD at USG  

There are two possibilities to become a PhD candidate at the Utrecht University School of Governance (USG):  


  • If you respond to an available PhD position. These can be found on the Utrecht University website under vacancies.
  • If you arrange your own funding and find a supervisor within USG. In this case, you can apply throughout the year. If you wish to apply as an external PhD student, the first thing to do is to find a supervisor within USG. It is your own responsibility to contact a possible supervisor also to make sure that your research idea fits one of USG's five research chairs.  

Are you currently a PhD student at USG? Then you can find more information on the intranet page 'PhD at the Faculty of Law, Economics, Governance & Organisation (LEG).'  


Do you have any questions? If so, please send an email to:

Please note: Applications for a position as an external PhD student via this e-mail address will not be processed. You should do so through the intended supervisor.