Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology

We are a leading research center and graduate school in the Netherlands.

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Prof. dr. Reinhard Wippler (1931-2020) honored

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ICS sociologists work on corona-related issues

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Our PhD Program

The ICS PhD program is designed for graduates in sociology or related disciplines who would like to acquire a PhD degree and pursue a scientific career. We hire graduates in social, behavioral, and economic sciences and in some cases other sciences such as computer sciences or mathematics.

As a leading institute we provide:

  • full four-year positions
  • more than 10 vacancies a year at 4 universities in the Netherlands
  • a structured program with training in advanced theory construction and research methods by means of courses, tutorials, and individual study
  • support by a personal supervision team and meetings on a regular basis

Upcoming events

PhD Defense Marcus Kristiansen

The title of his dissertation is ‘Contact with Benefits: How Social Networks affect Benefit Receipt Dynamics in the Netherlands’

PhD Defense Jolien Geerlings

The title of her dissertation is 'Teaching in culturally diverse classrooms: The importance of dyadic student-teacher relationships'

PhD Defense Judith Kas

The title of her dissertation is: 'Trust and Reputation in the peer-to-peer platform economy'

PhD Defense Andrea Forster

The title of her dissertation is 'Navigating Educational Institutions: Mechanisms of Educational Inequality and Social Mobility in Different Educational Systems'

PhD Defense Jannes ten Berge

The title of his dissertation is ‘Technological change and work: The relation between technology implementation within organizations and changes in workers’ employment’

PhD Defense Kirsten van Houdt

The title of her dissertation is 'Stepfamilies in Adulthood: Solidarity between Parents and Adult Children'