ACES has launched a part-time PhD programme to commence in the academic year 2019-2020. This programme is intended for candidates pursuing a self-financed PhD with ACES affiliated supervisors of the four participating UvA faculties. Successful candidates will receive a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, following the normal admission, review, and defence procedures.
The ACES part-time PhD programme is aimed primarily at policy practitioners and researchers in Brussels and The Hague, working in the EU institutions (Commission, Parliament, Council, etc.), government ministries, embassies, think tanks, NGOs, trade associations, lobbying organizations, etc.
ACES’s offer includes:
Part-time PhD candidates are required to complete short courses on research integrity and academic writing as required by the participating graduate or research schools. Arrangements will be made to ensure that they are able to do so, either in Amsterdam or in Brussels.
Part-time PhD candidates may be asked to pay an annual fee, this is subject to the particular faculty policy. The fee is used to cover the costs of library access, ICT, insurance, and trips to Brussels by participating supervisors.
Candidates who wish to start on 1 September 2019 can express their interest by email by 15 May 2019, but otherwise applications can be submitted all year round. Once a candidate has been accepted by a supervisor and the relevant graduate or research school, they are expected to produce a fully elaborated thesis proposal within six months and an initial chapter or long paper within one year. The long paper serves as the basis for a go/no-go decision by the doctoral committee for the continuation of the project, following the normal procedures of the graduate school. The target time for completion is four-five years.