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Pre-doc CHINA

The China pre-doctoral programme is a joint initiative by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Leiden University and University of Groningen.

The ambition is to support incoming Chinese PhD students with a better preparation for their PhD trajectories at a Dutch university. The Pre-doctoral training is the perfect stepping-stone to a prestigious Dutch doctoral degree.  

The 2023 online edition will run between 19 – 30 June 2023. It comprises of four modules: Academic English Writing, Academic Competences, Soft Skills Training and Dutch Crash Course. With this intensive two-week programme, PhD students will be equipped with the necessary research, academic writing and soft skills to manage challenges commonly encountered in a PhD trajectory. Furthermore, the programme makes the transition to the Netherlands easier and faster thanks to the practical insights provided by Chinese PhD alumni on ‘life in the Netherlands’, the Dutch culture and the Dutch academic system. 

The programme is open to all first-year Chinese PhD students who have been selected for a doctorate programme in the Netherlands.  The opening date for application is 1 April 2023. Applications close on 4 June 2023.  

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