PhD Programme on Innovation, Economics and Governance for Development (IEGD)

Application Procedure

    The PhD Programme on Innovation, Economics and Governance for Development (IEGD)

    is a multidisciplinary course offered by UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance. The programme focuses on research skills and methods, training fellows to become both scholars and practitioners in the fields of governance and the economics of technology.

    During their first year, fellows complete a basic, compulsory training programme conducted by leading scholars of the host and partner universities. These courses are taught in Maastricht and spread across two semesters. Taught entirely in English, this is an annual Maastricht-based programme which starts on 1 September. At the end of the programme, the doctoral degree is awarded by Maastricht University upon successful defence of the thesis. Dissertation topics fit into any of the institute’s seven research themes:

    1. The Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
    2. Poverty, Public Policy and Inclusive Innovation
    3. Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions
    4. Sustainable Development, Innovation and Societal Transitions
    5. Innovation Systems Indicators and Policy
    6. Migration and Development
    7. ICT-enabled Innovation and Societal Transformations

    The Host Institute
    Together UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance form a research and training institute of United Nations University (UNU). The institute is also part of Maastricht University, based in the south of the Netherlands. The institute’s research mission is to provide new insights into the economic, social and political aspects of growth and development in local and international contexts. Its research and training programmes address a broad range of questions including the economics of technology and innovation, multi-level governance, intellectual property protection, social protection policy, knowledge creation and diffusion, and migration.

    Researchers at UNU-MERIT are internationally recognised for their contributions to the understanding of the economic, political, social and philosophical foundations of the processes of technical change. The School of Governance has a history of project implementation for various international institutions including the World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, ILO and national governments, focusing on social policy and migration developments. The institute also participates in research projects for international organisations, governments, businesses and foundations throughout the world. Beyond working with and for other UN bodies, the institute has a long history of conducting applied research for organisations such as the European Commission, the International Development Research Centre, and numerous national governments.

  • In addition to filling in the online application form, applicants must submit the following:

    Application requirements

    • certified copies of your certificates and grades and an explanation of the grading system
    • proof of English proficiency
    • motivation letter of 400 – 500 words
    • three letters of recommendation (in English only) by current or former professors or employers
    • one-page essay indicating the topic of research interest
    • curriculum vitae
    • copy of your passport
    • passport size photo
    • full information about your present study and/or job

    We prefer to receive the documents as follows:

    • Essay, motivation letter and CV: uploaded through the application form
    • Passport and picture: uploaded through the application form (PDF or JPG)
    • Recommendation letters, directly from the reviewers to the programme
    • diplomas and transcripts: electronic copies initially and later on hard copies by postal mail

    Application deadline:
    15 February 2020 at midnight CET

    Online application form >>

  • Admission requirements

    • a Master’s degree from a relevant academic field, including:
      economics, international relations, political science, law, social sciences, business administration, health sciences or public health
    • basic knowledge of mathematics and statistics, which is measured by reviewing the content and level of previous studies and/or working experience
    • basic knowledge of economics, social sciences, political science and/or law, which is measured by reviewing the content and level of previous studies and/or working experience
    • proficiency in English, with a minimum level of 600 PBT / 240 CBT / 100 IBT for the TOEFL or 7.0 for the IELTS (native speakers of English and students who received their Bachelor’s or Master’s education in English are exempt). Maastricht University’s TOEFL code is 7102.
  • Our PhD programme provides advanced training in the knowledge and skills relevant not only to basic research in a variety of fields linked to economics, technology and governance, but also to policy analysis including policy design, policy monitoring and policy evaluation. PhD fellows follow individualised plans that outline the requirements for completion of the programme. These plans take into account their research interests and their educational and professional backgrounds. They are agreed upon with the programme committee at the start of the course and with the supervisory team in subsequent years of the programme.

    Training programme
    During the first year, fellows complete a basic compulsory training programme conducted by members of our faculty. The courses are spread across two semesters and taught in Maastricht. The first semester consists of a course programme to be taken by all fellows. In the second semester, we offer two specialisations, both leading to a PhD at Maastricht University. Fellows select their individual course programmes based on background knowledge, need and interest.

    For more information, please visit the website.

  • For more information on studying at Maastricht University, such as available facilities, getting a visa, etc, please go to the general information for PhDs.

    You can download our brochure from here.

    Ph.D. Programme Director:  Professor Dr. Robin Cowan
    Ph.D. Programme Vice Director: Dr. Tatiana Skripka

    Ph.D. Programme Coordinator:
    Eveline in de Braek
    Phone: (+31 43) 388 4449

    Boschstraat 24
    6211 AX Maastricht
    The Netherlands
    Tel:+ 31 (0)43 388 4400