The Graduate School of Social Sciences

The Graduate School of Social Sciences of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU-GSSS) is established to support all PhD candidates within the Faculty of Social Sciences. Our aim is to provide a stimulating scientific environment in which young researchers, experienced staff and international scholars can mutually inspire one another. VU-GSSS focuses on some of the most pressing challenges to society, related to topics such as societal resilience, integration & diversity and security & conflict.

VU-GSSS monitors the application and admission procedure, a review procedure at the end of the first year, annual progress reports and the final stages of the PhD, leading to the actual defense. At the same time VU-GSSS stimulates all supervisors to achieve a high quality of supervision through training and annual evaluations by our PhD candidates.

VU-GSSS organizes a PhD Study Programme providing Phd candidates solid theoretical and methodological knowledge and strengthening academic skills. VU-GSSS favors an adaptive PhD programme in which PhD candidates can flexibly choose their own set of courses and organize small group tutorials from renowned experts on specialized topics. 

Theo van Tilburg 
Prof. dr. Theo van Tilburg, VU-GSSS Academic Director

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Prospective PhD Candidates
Important Documents for current PhD's
PhD Study Guide 2017-2018 - version October 2017