Wits School of Law and International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) (Erasmus University Rotterdam) PhD programme 2018 – Tuition Fee Waiver.



The Wits School of Law and International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) (Erasmus University Rotterdam) invites applications from prospective PhD applicants on a range of topics in international law, society and development such as:

  • Critical, development-oriented aspects of trade and investment
  • Socio-economic deprivation
  • Human rights and humanitarian law
  • Gender
  • Health and the environment

The ISS-Wits joint programme forms part of the ISS research group on Governance, Globalisation and Social Justice (GGSJ). Research performed by members of the group explores how and to what extent particular governance arrangements help or hinder the achievement of goals of social justice.

Applicants must be at entry-level for a PhD with an average of at least 70% in a Master’s degree within a relevant area. Applicants must have a legal background and must have obtained an LLB degree.

Fee Waivers and Costs

Applicants who are successfully admitted to the programme will be waived of tuition fees from both ISS and Wits. A limited, 6-month scholarship is available, but candidates are responsible for covering their own living and research costs.


Interested applicants may apply for entry into the ISS-Wits Joint PhD Programme by submitting the following:

  1. An expression of interest, with a working title, that outlines the gist of the PhD study that you wish to undertake (approximately five pages in length excluding your preliminary bibliography);
  2. Academic transcript; and
  3. Curriculum Vitae.

Applications should be emailed to Claire.Joseph@wits.ac.za by 8 June 2018.  If you have not heard back within one month please consider your application unsuccessful.

For more details visit: www.iss.nl/jointwitsphd

General enquiries i.e. degree structure, admissions, timelines, and fees: Claire.Joseph@wits.ac.za

Academic Related enquiries: (Wits) Deeksha.Bhana@wits.ac.za, (ISS) handmaker@iss.nl

Official Call for Application

Application Deadline: 8 June 2018.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Wits-ISS PhD programme