PhD, Fellowships and Grants

PhD research


Annually, approximately 20 PhD candidates enroll in the PhD programmes of the School of Business and Economics. Most of the PhD candidates, internally or externally paid, are employed by the school. Only the part time- and scholarship PhD candidates are not employed.

Our mission is to attract highly motivated, talented PhD candidates to further cultivate their talents through extensive supervision, by welcoming them in an international, open and inspiring environment where knowledge exchange and research cooperation are highly stimulated, and by providing a safe, informal and friendly atmosphere. Your supervisor will help you draw up a training and guidance plan at the start of the project, and guide you in planning your research dissemination activities and seminars at international conferences and at other academic institutions.

Being a member of SBE gives you the opportunity to:

  • receive high level course work with leading international scholars at the Tinbergen Institute and/or the Amsterdam Business Research Institute. They also host seminars with speakers from leading US, European and Asian universities. Having access to this network will provide an important asset for your future research career. Our PhD programmes are entirely taught in English
  • to be involved in research and social activities, like seminars, workshops, social gatherings
  • to be introduced in numerous networks, in and outside the Netherlands
  • to have a research budget (for conferences, research visits and /or other research costs)
  • to gain experience in teaching.
Job Placement
PhD candidates of the school found jobs in academia, the industry and the non-profit sector.

Grants and fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action fellowships
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam invites proposals for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action fellowships on one of its major research themes. The School offers an inspiring, open, international environment and a high quality training infrastructure. The application process is highly competitive. Therefore, SBE invests in selected candidates that provide a good fit with our expertise and interest and supports them in drafting a competitive research proposal and in applying for the fellowship at the EC. When awarded, funds may be granted to postdoctoral researchers who aim to enhance their career development by an intensive research period abroad (12-36 months) covering salary, some travel and other research expenses.

China Scholarship Council PhD opportunities
The Chinese Scholarship Council offers Chinese PhD students and postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to follow high quality research training abroad. The School of Business and Economics of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers its expertise, supervision and infrastructure to accommodate candidates.

Hermine Weijland Fellowship
For female assistant and associate professors The School of Business and Economics established the Hermine Weijland Fellowship in 2017 with the aim of attracting and promoting female academic talent. This prestigious fellowship seeks to encourage promising female academics to join SBE and to improve the gender balance at senior levels.

Visiting Professorships
Each year, the Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI) offers six one-year Visiting Professor positions (0.2 FTE) for distinguished international researchers in the field of business administration. The Visiting Professor positions are offered by the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), and are specifically connected to the research activities of ABRI. The purpose of these appointments is to stimulate development of new research on the topics relevant to the appointed professor.