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Application and Admission

How can you apply for the Pre-PhD Programme, and what are the selection criteria?


Are you interested? Contact your Master Coordinator first!

The deadline for submitting an application is:





15 November

via Master Coordinator





1 September

via Academic Institute

In principle each academic institute puts forward a maximum of 3 candidates and a supervisor (either an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor).  

Selection criteria

Phase 1

  • An indication that the candidate is interested in and has talent for conducting academic research (demonstrated by extra courses taken and/or research-related activities);
  • Clear motivation for conducting research as put forward in a motivation letter.
  • Besides the motivation letter also send your resume and BA- and MA-transcripts.

Maximum number of participants: 20.

Phase 2

  • Successful completion of Phase 1 and motivation to conduct PhD research or (if Phase 1 has not been followed);
  • O&O appointment or affiliated in some other way to Leiden Law School and motivated to conduct PhD research.

Maximum number of participants: 25


The final selection of candidates from the applications submitted will be done by the Graduate School.

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