The Pre-doctoral Course at the Erasmus Training Centre is a collaborative initiative led by two esteemed Dutch universities: Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam and Leiden University. Tailored to meet the needs of Indonesian students pursuing doctoral studies in the Netherlands. This intensive course aims to enhance the preparedness of incoming and prospective Indonesian Ph.D. candidates for their academic journeys at Dutch universities. The course focuses on developing skills in academic English writing and academic competencies, as well as providing training in soft skills. Additionally, it includes an introductory module on the Dutch language, culture, and academic environment. The pre-doctoral course is the perfect stepping-stone to pursue a prestigious doctoral degree in the Netherlands.

Course date: 10-15 June 2024
Schedule: Monday (08.00-17.00 WIB) Saturday (08.00-16.30 WIB)
Group size: Max. 30 participants
Course language: English
Location: ETC building, Dutch Embassy compound in Jakarta

Course fee: IDR 4,950,000
(including course material, certificate & ETC merchandise)

Over the years, we have witnessed an increasing need for PhD candidates to develop research skills and competencies, reinforce academic writing skills in English, and boost presentation skills in order to successfully commence their PhD trajectory.

With this intensive programme we aim to prepare PhD candidates for the start of their PhD trajectories in the Netherlands, by equipping them with the necessary research, academic writing and soft skills to face upfront PhD research challenges. The programme is suitable for PhD candidates who intend to do a PhD in the Netherlands in the near future, but also for PhDs who already have been accepted to Dutch universities and are going to come to the Netherlands to commence their training and research.

The programme is well balanced with a module on life in the Netherlands, Dutch culture in general and the Dutch academic system. This makes the move and transition to the Netherlands easier and faster.

The Programme consists of 4 modules

Module 1

Academic English Writing:
Development of advanced writing and academic English skills.

Module 2

Academic Competencies:
Development of innovative research skills.

Module 3

Academic Presenting:
presenting and promoting research for maximum outreach.

Module 4

Dutch Crash Course:
Social and cultural exploration of the Dutch culture and language.


This course has a limited number of places and is aimed at industry professionals and Indonesian students/researchers who are looking to apply for a PhD but who need support in developing their research proposal and familiarizing themselves with the Netherlands doctoral research system.

1. Short outline of the PhD research proposal (up to 800 words, 1 page excluding references (Word file);
2. Master degree certificate or similar;
3. CV (updated and including picture).
4. English language skills – IELTS 6.5 (applicants who hold an IELTS 6.5 or equivalent certificate: TOEFL IBT 95-120/Cambridge exam, will be given priority).

5. Acceptance letter from a Dutch University (PhD students who hold an admission letter from a Dutch University will be given priority.


For more information please contact:
[email protected]
or WhatsApp +62 811 870 217


1. Please ensure that you complete all sections of the required application, including the PhD course form, which can be found here.

2. Gather the required documents and send them to
[email protected].

3. Your application will be screened and we will be in touch within ten working days to confirm if you are eligible to attend the course.

4. Eligible participants will receive an email confirmation from the ETC admissions team to join the PhD course.

5. Secure your spot by registering on Early registration is highly recommended.

Application starts: 1 March
Application closes: 21 May
Course fee: IDR 4.950.000

Contact us: +62 811 870 217 (WhatsApp)

FULL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED! In total, a maximum of 2 full scholarships, each worth IDR 4.950.000, will be awarded by the PhD Consortium Indonesia to promising research proposals. *) 

*Important notice: Full scholarships will be awarded to eligible participants who receive the email confirmation from the Admission team and successfully complete the payment for the course on our website. It’s important to note that the scholarship amount will be provided in a cashback arrangement after the announcement is made.

Announcement scholarships: 24 May 2024