How to apply

Next to it being an exciting opportunity to join this European Program, it can also be the first step for you to build a solid network. We will provide you with many training opportunities at your choice of University and financial aid will be provided by the project.


If you are as enthusiastic about the network and its offered research projects, please apply following the instructions provided below. For more questions about the project or your application please contact us.


Your application must be submitted by February 7th, 2015 to

Please, submit the following documents in one PDF document:

  • A cover letter, stating your motivation to join the network, and mentioning the first two choices of projects you would prefer to apply for
  • Your CV
  • A one- to two page synopsis of yourself, your scientific interests, and of your current research work
  • Two letters of recommendation from former advisors/professors

After 16th February 2015 we will select 25 candidates who we will invite to attend the recruitment days in March 2015 in Amsterdam (see below).

Good to know before you apply

To qualify for a position as a PhD student in the ITN, you need to be within the first four years (full – time equivalent research experience) of your research career and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. Further, at the time of recruitment, you must not have lived or worked for more than 12 months in the country of your future host organisation in the 3 years immediately prior to the start of the PhD project (short stays such as vacation are not taken into account).

Two recruitment days in Amsterdam in March 2015

From the applications, 25 candidates will be selected for an interview and will be invited to our recruitments days in Amsterdam (11./12.3.2015). During these two days, we will identify 15 students, which we will offer a position as a PhD student in the network. During these days, which we will spend in a unique venue (Het West-Indisch Huis), both candidates and the group leaders from the network have the opportunity to show what they have to offer.

On the first day, all candidates will give a short presentation on their Master Thesis work, followed by a discussion. In the evening, we will enjoy together a dinner in the heart of Amsterdam, during which candidates and group leaders  can get to know each other in a more informal setting. The second day will be spend with 1on1 interviews where the group leaders can have extensive conversations with the candidate of choice and, of course, to further discuss the details of future participation to our project.

Your hotel and travel expenses will be paid by us.