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Doing a Humanities PhD

What does it mean to do a PhD?

As a PhD candidate, you will execute original scholarly research under the supervision of a professor and you will contribute to the development of our knowledge in the field of humanities. In this way, PhD candidates make an important contribution to the faculty’s research and will be welcomed within the Faculty of Humanities.

Under normal circumstances, a PhD track will take four years. There are various kinds of PhD candidates. Some candidates are employed by the university, but others bring their own grant, for example a teacher’s grant for high school teachers who execute PhD research. The faculty also has a large number of external PhD candidates, who work part-time on their research. 

How to obtain a PhD position at VU Humanities?

If you are interested in doing PhD research, you would do well to look first into the Departments of the Faculty of Humanities, to see which specialization best accommodates your own interests in scholarly research. You can contact our researchers directly or via the Graduate School of Humanities, to review the possibilities.
The VU Amsterdam website regularly features vacancies for PhD positions at the faculty. At Academic Transfer, PhD positions are also advertised. 

Curious and want to know more about PhD research? Read all about it at PhD at VU Amsterdam.