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Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is ranked #3 in Business Administration and #5 in Management. In both categories, it is #1 in Europe. The aim of the Business Processes, Logistics and Information Systems group at EUR is to be at the forefront of developments in Logistics and Supply Chain management in interaction with business operations, information, and technology innovation.

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*(up to) 5-year fully-funded PhD positions & state-of-the-art facilities*‍

Do you want to work with the world’s leading academics? Do you see yourself as a valued member of a top-notch international research programme? You are about to make a decision that will shape your future. And the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) can guide you on your path.‍

Research excellence is at the heart of ERIM. ERIM is the research institute of management at Erasmus University Rotterdam , founded by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and Erasmus School of Economics (ESE). Erasmus University Rotterdam is ranked #3 in Business Administration and #5 in Management (ARWU 2022). In both categories, it is #1 in Europe.‍

ERIM's Full-Time PhD Programme enables promising students to receive innovative training and coaching from distinguished academic experts – setting students on track to become thought leaders and top researchers at the world’s best universities and business schools. ERIM currently offers the following PhD positions within its Business Processes, Logistics, and Information Systems research programme:

  • PhD Research in Business Analytics in Information Systems
  • Advancing Research on Innovation Management
  • PhD position in Supply Chain Management
  • PhD in Technology Development and Adoption for Zero-emissions in Inland Shipping

For a list and detailed description of all current ERIM PhD Vacancies, please visit the ERIM website: https://www.erim.eur.nl/doctoral-programme/phd-in-management/phd-vacancies/

More information about ERIM's PhD programme can be found here: www.erim.eur.nl/phd

Programme Structure

Research within the LIS programme is organised into three specialist themes:

Logistics and Supply Chain Optimisation
  • Addressing design, management, optimisation, co-ordination, and planning issues in supply chains and networks, this broad field applies analytical and empirical research methods to a wide array of logistics optimisation and planning problems.
Operations and Innovation Management
  • Areas of focus include product and service innovation, purchasing and sourcing, manufacturing, outsourcing, distribution, behavioural operations management, and intra-organisational collaboration. Also included is research into the radical innovation of supply chains.
Next Generation Information Systems
  • Inter-organisational information exchange between different firms in supply chains and its impact on decision-making and performance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

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IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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 grades
  • Explicit interest in and motivation for scientific research
  • A GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE test (Graduate Record Examinations) is required for all entering students. The test results should not be older than 5 years, and an indication of the required score is above the 85th percentile.
    • Applicants whose native language is not English have to submit scores of the TOEFL/IELTS test, which are not older than 2 years: IELTS: minimum overall band score 7.5; no band score lower than 6.5. Internet-based TOEFL: minimum total score 100, no sub-score lower than 23. Paper-based TOEFL: minimum score 600. If the language of instruction of your entire university education was English, you may submit a TOEFL/IELTS waiver request. 

Tuition Fee

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In the Netherlands, appointed PhD candidates are considered employees of the university and therefore no tuition fee is charged.

Living costs for Rotterdam

760 - 1265 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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