Course schedule

We are still developing the course guide for 2021 as there are many new courses and the covid-crisis has an impact. In the course of February 2021 all course descriptions will be available and all course dates will be set.

It is possible to register for courses here, if the course is not yet open for registration, it is also possible to klick ‘keep me informed about this course’ to stay updated!



Formulating and answering research questions (5EC)
Registration deadline: 17-12-2020
Instructors: Merlijn van Hulst (Tilburg University), Dimiter Toshkov (Leiden University)
Date: 8-12 February 2021 
Read more about the course here

Classics in Public Administration and Political Science (4EC)
Instructors: Duco Bannink (VU University), Willem Trommel (VU University), Jelle van Baardewijk (VU University)
Date: fall 2021 
Read more about the course here

Integrity and responsibility in research and advice (4EC)
Instructors: Berry Tholen (Radboud University), Patrick Overeem (VU university)
Date: 14-17 June 2021
Read more about the course here 

Getting it published (1EC)
Instructor: Zeger van der Wal (Leiden University)
Date: 31 May 2021
Read more about the course here

Data Management (1EC)
To obtain the NIG diploma, participants must follow a course that covers at least 1 EC equivalent on data management. A course on data management may be taken at the local university and will be recognized by NIG. A course on research design or other subjects may cover data management to a sufficient extent. Please consult with the NIG office to verify eligibility of a course.

Collaborative Governance for Innovation (3EC) 
Instructors: Eva Sørensen (UCL), Jacob Torfing (Roskilde University) & Lieselot Vandenbussche (VU University)
Date: 13-15 April 2021
Read more about the course here

Governance in a Glocal Society (3EC)
Instructors: Martijn Groenleer (Tilburg University) & Elena Bondarouk (Leiden University)
Date: 28-30 June 2021 
Read more about the course here

Summer pop-up course on current events (3EC)
Instructors: to be announced
Date: Summer 2021

Doctoral workshop in Comparative Public Administration  (CPA) (2EC)
This course is offered together with Lausanne and Potsdam and will take place in Lausanne
Instructors: Pirmin Bundi (IDHEAP Université de Lausanne), Sabine Kuhlmann (University of Potsdam), Le-Anh Nguyen Long (Twente University), Isabella Proeller (University of Potsdam)
Date: 22-24 september 2021 
Read more about the course here

Take the Lead (4EC)
Instructor: Karin Lasthuizen (VU university)
Date: Fall 2021 
Read more about the course here

Behavioral Sciences and Public Policy (3EC)
Instructors: to be announced
Date: Fall 2021

Scientific Research for Administrative Practice: Combining Science and Consultancy (3EC)
Instructors: Paul ‘t Hart (UU) & Femke Verwest (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving)
Date: 12, 19, 20 January 2022

Network Governance (3EC)
Instructors: Erik Hans Klijn (Erasmus University) & Jenny Lewis (University of Melbourne)
Date: Bi-annual course, scheduled in 2022 
Read more about the course here

For NIG PhD members who take the full program, no additional charges apply for a limited number of places in the UU/EUR/UvT/VU Research Master Public Administration and Organisational Science. Per course, a maximum of two participants can be accommodated. Application deadlines are the first of january for courses in the spring semester and the first of july for courses in the fall semester. 

Low control designs: field research (9EC)
Instructor: Noortje van Amsterdam (Utrecht University)
Date: Fall 2021 (period 1)

Data Analyses: from notes to stories (6EC)
[Application is closed since this course is currently completely full]
Instructor: Merlijn van Hulst (Tilburg University)
Date: Fall 2021 (period 2)

Data Analyses: from numbers to stories (6EC)
Instructor: Sjors Overman (Utrecht University)
Date: Spring 2021 (period 3)

High control designs: experiments and surveys (9EC)
Instructors: Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen (Utrecht University), Noor de Boer (Utrecht University)
Date: Spring 2021 (period 4)

These courses are not provided by NIG and additional charges may apply. NIG reimburses a part of the course fees for PhD members who take the full program, and who have participated in three core curriculum courses, subject to conditions.

NIG applied research and consultancy internship

We offer a new flexible, applied research and consultancy internship program, together with a range of partners (confirmed now are Anderson Elffers Felix, Nautus, OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation, Significant; one or two more partners are expected). Read more about the possibilities here

Professional academic skills 

NIG can credit non-courses which help you develop general professional academic skills such as organizing panels, editing journals and organizing public impact events, up to a max of 7.5EC. Read more about the possibilities here