Read the latest news from the VU Graduate School of Social Sciences.


In order to improve the quality of PhD trajectories, the Graduate School of Social Sciences will start a half-way assessment. The Graduate School invites PhD candidates in the Faculty of Social Sciences who are about halfway through their PhD trajectory to carry out a self-monitoring risk inventory & a short meeting between the Phd candidate and one of the Graduate School Program Managers (Saskia Jans or Alexandra Filius).

It is now possible to request an E-number in order to be able to log in in Hora Finita in case a PhD candidate needs to upload his or her manuscript but does not have a valid VU-net ID anymore. Please contact the Beadle’s office if you need to do so.

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Regular breaks from working at your desk stimulates your motivation and productivity. Get out of the office and stretch your legs on the PhD lunch walk! Saskia and/or Alexandra will wait for you at the back entrance of the main building every other Thursday at 12:00. We will start on 9 January 2020. No need to sign up, you can always join!

PhD walk


Sign up as soon as possible for:

Advanced Theory Construction starts on 13 March
Data Analysis in R starts on 23 March 

Attractive Academic Writing: 14, 15 & 28/29 April (sign up before 3 March)
Time and project Management starts on 6 April & 20 (sign up before 8 March)
Selected Quantitative Methods: 25 -29 May (sign up before 13 march)
Doing Biographical Research: interviewing, analyzing, theorizing: 22 April – 18 May (sign up before 25 March)

Check this calendar for an overview of upcoming courses

Check our Study Guide for more information and registration.

How to deal with the review process of academic journals?

Frank den Hond will share insights of the review process from his experience as reviewer. Eva-Maria Merz will share her experiences and how to deal with related emotions. 

Sign up for the pizza session by sending an e-mail to:

Letitia Smuts will defend her dissertation entitled Getting it 'Straight': (Hetero)Sexual Identities, Heteronormativity, and Gender in Johannesburg on 18 March, 11:45, Aula.

Younes Saramifar will defend his dissertation entitled Future Past & Past Future: Knowability & memory assemblage in postwar Iran on 20 March, 09:45, Aula.

500th defense: On 17 February Gregory Richardson was the 500th PhD candidate who defended his dissertation at the Faculty of Social Sciences. His dissertation is entitled Sweet Breakaway: An ethnographic study of Aruban Calypso Music and the Narratives of The One Happy Island. 

Richardson Defence