DOWNLOAD CERES Programme 2021-2022

The PhD programme represents the first main function of CERES, namely, to provide educational opportunities specifically tailored to PhD researchers working in the interdisciplinary field of Development Studies or on issues of development.

CERES is the Dutch research school for the field of International Development. Its members include academic staff and their PhD researchers in Development Studies or in associated disciplines or interdisciplinary fields in the social sciences, such as anthropology, sociology, political science, economics and geography. The School was founded in 1994 by six academic institutions and currently includes ten member institutions, including one in Belgium (Flanders). It has established links with many other universities and research institutes in Europe and in the Global South.

CERES currently serves three main functions:

  1. Provide educational opportunities specifically tailored to PhD researchers working in the interdisciplinary field of Development Studies or on issues of development (it is the only accredited research school in the Netherlands that offers such specifically tailored research training).
  2. Organise and convene lectures and events to promote the field of Development Studies in the Netherlands and Belgium.
  3. Provide researchers and research managers in Development Studies and allied fields with a tool to measure and evaluate research output performance in a plural and interdisciplinary manner, but also in a way that is conventionally recognised by formal research quality assessment exercises.

Regarding the first function, CERES has been expanding its PhD course offering since 2019 and we are currently offering eight courses in the 2021-22 academic year. This has been in response to demand from many PhD researchers and member institutions for more PhD-level teaching tailored to Development Studies, which is the comparative advantage of CERES and where it adds value to its members.

This year CERES has also introduced the possibility for PhD candidates from academic research institutions from the Global South that are associated with CERES members to participate in these courses as members.

In addition to its longstanding PhD Training Course oriented towards first-year PhDs, CERES is offering an additional Course for Post-fieldwork PhDs, a one-day Workshop on Research Problems for starting PhDs, as well as four additional thematic/methodology courses (one that is offered twice).


The course calendar is as follows:

The PhD Training Course is traditionally held at a retreat-type setting, although it has been held online for the last two years because of COVID. We would like to return to the practice of holding this course in person, as well as the post-fieldwork course, although for the moment we must wait to see how the situation evolves as we move towards the winter. The June 2022 rendition of the Safety and Security course will also ideally be held in person. Two tuition fees are presented to reflect both residential (in person) and (online) options.

All the other courses (besides 4, 6, and 8) will be given online and are free to CERES members (and associated Global South institutions).

Note that, in general, institutions pay, not the individual PhD student.




1. Safety and Security for Fieldwork Research (October 2021)

2. Developing Research Problems and Questions

3. Survey Methods and Data Collection

4. Post-fieldwork PhD course

5. Social Ontology and Political Economy

6. PhD Training Course

7. How Political Regimes Impact on Research Practices

8. Safety and Security for Fieldwork Research (June 2022)