The VU-GSSS PhD programme is designed to support PhD candidates linked to the various departments of the VU Faculty of Social Sciences in their project progress and individual development. All courses are designed to enhance the academic knowledge and skill development of PhD candidates, not only to enable successful completion of their PhD project but also to prepare them for a career as an applied or postdoctoral researcher, Assistant Professor or a professional career thereafter. The programme is tailored to serve the needs of PhD candidates at different stages of their project, regardless of their topic or methodological approach.
In order to stimulate careful planning at the start of each PhD trajectory, PhD candidates and their supervisors are required to design and submit a detailed individual training plan for the (usually four year) PhD trajectory. This plan is uploaded within Hora Finita as part of the registration.
As a general rule, and aimed at acquiring the final attainment levels for PhD candidates, the training plan should be designed such that PhD candidates develop their knowledge, expertise, and skills in the three areas specified below:
- Area 1: Social scientific content and theory
- Area 2: Social scientific methodology, methods and techniques
- Area 3: Academic and transferrable skills
For more details on the requirements and recommendations for the PhD training plan see the training plan manual (see above under Starting your PhD Trajectory > "Training Plan Manual" ).
The VU-GSSS PhD education program is designed such that PhD candidates can fulfill their 30 EC internally. VU-GSSS offers a general course program and a program specifically tailored to the needs of external PhD candidates. In addition, individual PhD candidates, or small groups of up to five participants, can organize tutorials.
- Research Integrity and Responsible Scholarship (first year)
- Attend or present your research at a relevant academic conference
- Writing Data Management Plan - note that the course is not mandatory, but the data management plan is mandatory for your Go No Go product
For more details regarding the courses, please see our training plan manual (see above under Starting your PhD Trajectory > "Training Plan Manual").
For an overview of our upcoming courses, please see the PhD courses website.
Depending on individual needs and wishes, PhD candidates can also follow courses outside the VU-GSSS program, provided they are at least research master's or PhD candidate's level. These may be courses and workshops offered at other VU faculties, in (inter)national research schools, or in VU Interfaculty Research Institutes. The VU-GSSS has an agreement for the exchange of course participation free of charge with ABRI (VU) and AISSR (UVA).
For more details regarding the external courses, please see our training plan manual (see above under Starting your PhD Trajectory > "Training Plan Manual").
The VU offers a number of training and courses that prepare you for life after the PhD. You can find an overview here.
Career Thursdays (by International Office)
Workshops by Forum for Young Scientists
Workshop: Competences and networking (by HR)
Workshop: How to apply for jobs effectively: CV, cover letter and job intervie (by HR)
Workshop: How to be successful using LinkedIn (by HR)
PhD success and personal efficacy training (by HR) link not available yet, more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Career orientation for PhD Candidates and Postdocs (by HR) link not available yet, more information: email@example.com
Individual Career and Coaching for employees, external and part-time PhDs (by HR)