About

Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities (EGSH)



Erasmus University Rotterdam aims to be an high-standing university in the field of research and education. Given this ambition, it is important that the university and its schools and faculties try to nurture research talent. Graduate schools are seen as an important instrument to achieve this ambition. 

The Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities (EGSH) provides a research and training infrastructure as well as a social environment, that enables talented young researchers to explore new ways and to share and test ideas and experiences in order to contribute to the increase of knowledge across national borders.

The EGSH has been constituted as a joint venture of the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB), the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, the Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil) of Erasmus University Rotterdam and the International Institute of Social Studies. The School was formally established in September 2012.


The following disciplines or subject areas are represented in the Graduate School.

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB):

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS):

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC):

Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil)

Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management (ESHPM)

Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS):

Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT)

If you are a PhD candidate at any one of the above-mentioned faculties or institutes you are also automatically a member of the Graduate School. This means you can follow courses and workshops for free and make use of support services. Please consult our research page for a complete overview of our fields of research.