Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology

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

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Tessa Kaufman defended PhD thesis with honor

Her thesis 'Toward Tailored Interventions: Explaining, Assessing, and Preventing Persistent Victimization of Bullying' generated a lot of media attention

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VENI Grant for Liliya Leopold (UvA)

Liliya Leopold (Postdoc UvA) received an NWO grant for her project ‘Social Norms, Body Weight, and Well-Being: A Multi-Method Comparison of Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, and the United States'

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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 Vera de Bel

The title of her dissertation is 'The ripple effect in family networks. Relational structures and well-being in divorced and non-divorced families'

PhD Defense Diego Palacios

The title of his dissertation is ‘How context and the perception of peers’ behaviors shape relationships in adolescence'

PhD Defense Tomas Turner-Zwinkels

The title of his dissertation is ‘A New Macro-Micro Approach to the Study of Political Careers: Theoretical, Methodological and Empirical Challenges and Solutions’