Training Programme

The main goal of the NIG curriculum is to support PhD-students to become well-qualified researchers with a broad knowledge of the various research traditions in Public Administration and Political Science. This relates both to the development and use of theories as well as being able to conduct empirical research. The curriculum contains an applied component with a focus on various skills, such as problem definition and strategies to get one’s work published and several research methods courses.

The programme is primarily aimed at researchers pursuing their PhD at one of the NIG member institutions, who need to enroll as a PhD member of NIG. Courses are also open to others, if places are available. Please contact the NIG office for further information.

As of September 2015 the NIG curriculum has undergone major changes. The new curriculum offers more flexibility, and is better geared to the situation of PhD candidates on a three year Research Talent grant and other three year promotion arrangements. The details of the amended Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG) curriculum are provided in the course guide.

PhD candidates who were already enrolled in the NIG programme before September 1, 2015, fall under the regime of the transitional arrangement. The provisions in this arrangement are as follows:

  1. To be eligible for a NIG diploma from 1 September 2015 onwards, PhD candidates must have completed a programme with a course load of at least 30 elective credits (ECs).
  2. The individual course load (30 EC or more) of a PhD is indicated on the NIG diploma.
  3. PhD candidates who enrolled before 1 September 2015 can if they so wish opt for an “old style” 40 EC curriculum.
    1. PhD candidates who wish to complete the 40 EC curriculum will be given the opportunity to do so; and
    2. in collaboration with the PhD candidate, the Scientific Director decides of what courses the 40 EC curriculum will be comprised.
  4. Alternatively, the course load for PhD candidates who have enrolled before September 1, 2015 can be reduced to 30 ECs should the PhD candidate so wish. If this (sub 4) is the case the curriculum of the PhD candidate will comprise of:
    1. all the courses the PhD candidate has successfully completed under the old programme;
    2. plus a number of additional courses that the Scientific Director, after having consulted with the PhD candidate, decides upon;
    3. the EC load of the curriculum based on the combination of courses sub 4A and 4B will be minimally 30 EC; 
    4. if this programme comprises more than 30 EC, PhD candidates will receive a separate course certificate for the additional study activities.