PhD Programme

The VU-GSSS PhD programme offers a variety of small-scale courses taught by renowned scholars. The PhD programme is tailored as much as possible to the needs of PhD candidates in the Faculty of Social Sciences. 
All courses are designed to enhance the academic knowledge and skill development of PhD candidates. The purpose is twofold: to enable successful completion of their Phd project, and to develop an awareness of the career path they aspire, whether it is in academia or applied industries.
VU-GSSS is very proud of the successes of our PhD candidates over the past years. Many of our PhD alumni have been very successful in building an academic career. They currently work as postdoctoral researcher, assistant professor or have become associate professor within Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam or other (inter)national universities. Others have proved successful in acquiring positions in public or private research institutes, in working at government agencies or in marketing and consultancy offices in the private sector.

More detailed information about our PhD programme can be found on this website or through Nana de Graaff, VU-GSSS Programma Director  (

Admission & registration