PhD Enrolment


Tuition fees

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 for 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 organizations. 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 and Marleen de Ruiter


If you would 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. 

Note that applications without description of expected external funding or funding (in kind) by the present employer will have almost no chance of admission. The IVM PhD programme itself does not provide funding.

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

More information and links

Please note that the IVM PhD programme itself does not provide funding. For your information, provided is a list with some possibilities for funding:

More information Grantfinder
More information Netherlands Fellowship Programme
More information Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Subsidies
More information on Scholarships for studying in Europe
More information on Studying in the Netherlands
More information on Accommodation at VU University for PhD students

More information VU website