PhD Study Programme

VU-GSSS aims to support and advance PhD candidates’ knowledge and development through a variety of small-scale courses. Our courses are taught by renowned scholars of our Faculty and (inter)national fellows. All courses are designed to enhance the academic knowledge and skill development of PhD candidates, not only to enable a successful completion of their PhD project but also to develop an awareness of the career path they aspire, whether it is in or outside academia.

The programme is tailored to serve the needs of PhD candidates at different stages of their project, regardless of their topic or methodological approach. PhD candidates are also stimulated to participate in international summer schools or set up their own tutorials.

More detailed information about our PhD Study Programme can be found in our PhD Study Guide or through our Programme Director Nana de Graaff (

PhD Study Guide 2017-2018