Application & admission

Admission requirements

  • a Master’s degree from a relevant academic field such as economics, international relations, political science, law, social sciences, business administration, health sciences or public health
  • basic knowledge of mathematics and statistics – measured by reviewing the content and grades of previous studies and/or the content and level of working experience
  • basic knowledge of economics, social sciences, political science and/or law –  measured by reviewing the content and grades of previous studies and/or the content and level of working experience
  • proficiency in English. The minimum level accepted is 600 PBT, 100 IBT or 240 CBT (TOEFL) or 7.0 (IELTS)
  • approval and support from current employer to participate in GPAC² training programme (for GPAC² applicants only)

Application requirements
Please use the online application form, to apply for the programme.  When filling in the form you will be asked to provide the documents listed below. Please note that all documents need to be provided digitally; official documents need to be scanned:

  • certified copies of bachelor’s and master’s diplomas and grades
  • proof of proficiency in English –  the minimum level accepted is 600 PBT, 100 ICT or 240 CBT (TOEFL) or 7.0 (IELTS). Native speakers and students who have received their bachelor’s or master’s education in English are exempted
  • motivation letter (400- 500 words)
  • two signed reference letters on original letter head (by current or former professors or employers)
  • letter from current employer, including a statement of support of the GPAC² fellow and an indication of ways to support the fellow (for GPAC² applicants only)
  • one–page PhD research proposal
  • curriculum vitae
  • copy of passport
  • passport size picture

We prefer to receive the documents in the following ways:

  • research proposal, motivation letter and CV – via the application form  in PDF format
  • diplomas and transcripts – via the application form as scanned pictures or PDF format
  • passport, proof of English proficiency and picture – via the application form as scanned pictures or PDF format
  • reference letters, GPAC² support letter,  – by mail directly sent to us by the referee

For questions related to application documents or the application process, or questions you would like to have clarified before applying to the programme, we kindly refer you to our blog. The most frequently asked questions are already included in there, and in case you  cannot find an answer to your specific question, feel free to ask it on the blog. https://gpac.maastrichtuniversity.nl


Application deadline
The application deadline for the Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in Governance (GPAC²) and Policy Analysis is 1 November each year.

Application for 2017 (starting 1 March 2017): opening 1 June 2016, application deadline 1 November 2016.
Application for 2018 (starting 1 March 2018): opening 1 June 2017, application deadline 1 November 2017.

The selection for the 2017 cohort will take place in November 2016. We will notify the accepted applicants in the first half of December 2016. Please take into account that if you are accepted to the programme, we ask you to confirm participation in December 2016, and request tuition payment before 10 January 2017.


Code of conduct for recruitment of researchers
All applications are considered according to our code of conduct for recruitment of researchers, composed of principles that are complementary to those outlined in the European Charter for Researchers. We are committed to providing transparency in the recruitment process and equal treatment to all applicants. Please note we use your application documents for selection purpose and research purpose to improve programme functioning. In case of research use, full confidentiality and anonymous treatment of data is guarateed.