The three faculties participating in Tinbergen Institute have three-year PhD positions available for students who have completed the TI MPhil program. PhD students are typically employed by the faculty as PhD researcher in a full time position with all the benefits of employment, including a good salary.

Most students who perform well in the MPhil program find a supervisor (usually the MPhil thesis supervisor also acts as PhD supervisor) and continue in a PhD track in Tinbergen Institute. However, due to financial constraints and for distributional reasons, TI cannot guarantee a PhD position for all students.

During the PhD track, funding for (foreign) travel, conference visits, literature etc is available. Tinbergen Institute assists PhD students to prepare successfully for the job market.

MPhil graduates are most welcome to participate in TI field courses during the PhD years.