Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Ph.D. | Erasmus University Rotterdam | Rotterdam, Netherlands
60 months
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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 Strategy and Entrepreneurship programme at EUR is eager to help jumpstart the careers of promising PhD candidates pursuing high-impact research in strategic management and entrepreneurship! 


*(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 position within its Strategy and Entrepreneurship research programme:

  • PhD in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship (deadline: 15 June 2023; however, please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and priority will be given to full applications prior to the closing date.)

For a list and detailed description of all current ERIM PhD Vacancies, please visit the ERIM website:

More information about ERIM's PhD programme can be found here:

Programme Structure

The progamme combines gaining an in-depth understanding of core strategy topics, developing a thorough command of different research methods and skills, and hands-on training of getting high-impact research published. Joining the PhD programme means joining a department with a highly collaborative and cutting-edge research culture in which faculty members and PhD candidates work on topics that cover nearly all domains of the wider strategic management and entrepreneurship fields.

Our doctoral candidates follow a range of courses, work on joint and supervised papers, and hold conference or workshop presentations. We look for highly motivated candidates with a strong research orientation, as evidenced, e.g., by an intriguing master thesis or research article. 

Focal areas of research

  • Strategy, Organization, and Governance
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy, Knowledge, and Innovation
  • Global Strategy
  • Behavioural Strategy and Entrepreneurial Behaviour

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

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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