CERES is one of the few accredited (KNAW accreditation 2010-2016 ) research schools in the Netherlands that offers research training for Dutch and foreign PhD’s in the field of social transformations in a globalized world. CERES training courses offer a unique learning experience. PhD students benefit from their exchanges within a heterogeneous group of students, becoming acquainted with geographically diverse academic traditions, as well as gaining multidisciplinary insights in relation to contemporary development issues. debates and methodologies. CERES Basic training course is characterized by its “hands-on” “learning through practice” approach. It is open to all beginning PhDs and also MSR students who are working on their research proposals.