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Graduate School

De Graduate School biedt aan promovendi een kader voor opleiding, begeleiding en ondersteuning.

De Graduate School is echter breder dan dat. In het kader van de Graduate School worden seminars, masterclasses, cursussen en bijeenkomsten georganiseerd waarin onderzoekers uit alle delen van de faculteit met elkaar in gesprek gaan over inhoud, methode en ethiek. Door middel van deze bijeenkomsten draagt de Graduate School bij aan het realiseren van de onderzoeksmissie van de faculteit en helpt zij een klimaat te creëren waarin onderzoekers belangstelling hebben voor elkaars werk en elkaar inspireren en scherp houden.

Directeur: prof. dr. mr. B.C. (Britta) van Beers

Promovendiopleiding
Iedereen die ná 1 april 2015 is begonnen aan een promotieonderzoek dat aan de VU verdedigd zal worden, zal tijdens het promotietraject 30 EC aan opleiding en training moeten vergaren. Dit vereiste geldt voor zowel promovendi met een aanstelling aan de faculteit als voor buitenpromovendi.

De promovendiopleiding aan de Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid wordt aangeboden door de Graduate School. Daarnaast wordt een aantal cursussen aangeboden door andere faculteiten/diensten van de VU. De opleiding bestaat uit een aantal verplichte onderdelen, verplichte keuzeonderdelen en een vrij gedeelte. Zie hier de inhoud van de promovendiopleiding. Het staat promovendi daarnaast vrij om cursussen te volgen die worden aangeboden door andere Graduate Schools of onderzoeksinstituten.

Vrijstelling
Het is mogelijk om vrijstelling te vragen voor een aantal EC en/of verplichte onderdelen van de promovendi-opleiding, bijvoorbeeld omdat de promovendus relevante kennis of vaardigheden elders heeft opgedaan of reeds een vergelijkbare cursus heeft gevolgd. Een verzoek tot (gedeeltelijke of algehele) vrijstelling dient door de promovendus en promotor te worden ingediend bij de Graduate School.

Hora Finita
Promovendi dienen zelf hun opleidingsactiviteiten bij te houden in het promotievolgsysteem van de VU, Hora Finita, en indien mogelijk een bewijs van deelname/certificaat of ander bewijsstuk te uploaden. De Graduate School zal deze activiteiten vervolgens in Hora Finita accorderen.

Karakter opleiding Graduate School

De Graduate School Rechtsgeleerdheid beoogt onderzoeksactiviteiten aan te bieden die als middel fungeren om:

  • eigen onderzoek te bespreken;
  • terugkoppeling te krijgen en te geven;
  • te spreken over strategische, ethische en professionele kanten van het doen van onderzoek;
  • meer algemene ontwikkelingen in het recht en in onderzoek te bespreken;
  • kennis te maken met ‘big shots’ uit het vakgebied;
  • een duurzaam netwerk te ontwikkelen.


Activiteiten van de Graduate School vallen bijna altijd onder de promovendiopleiding, maar zij staan te allen tijde open voor alle onderzoekers en geïnteresseerden. Wel wordt je verzocht je tijdig aan te melden. Mocht je zelf een activiteit willen organiseren in het kader van de Graduate School, laat het ons dan weten. Vanuit de Graduate School wordt graag meegedacht.

PHD TRAINING PROGRAMME 2020-2021

As a general guideline, 1 EC equals 28 hours of course load. The information listed here will be updated from time to time.

Mandatory components (min. 9 EC)

  • Academic Integrity (2 EC)

    Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s)
    Bart van Klink, Vincent Geeraets

    Target group
    All PhD students

    Credits
    2 EC

    Period
    23 March 2021 (one-day course with assignment)

    Fee
    N/A

    Registration
    t.b.a.

    Additional information
    See 2020 course description (indicative)

  • Methodology option 1: Empirical Research Design (3 EC)

    Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s)
    Henk Elffers

    Target group
    All PhD students but especially starting PhD candidates who engage in empirical research (although empirical element in research may be limited)

    Credits
    3 EC

    Period


    Fee
    N/A

    Registration
    The course has reached maximum enrollment. Registration is not possible.

    Additional information
    See course description (2019-20 sample)

  • Methodology option 2: Tutorial Legal Research Lab (3 EC)

    Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
    Bart van Klink

    Target group 
    All PhD students but especially PhD candidates in their 3rd or 4th year

    Credits
    3 EC

    Period 
    To be scheduled on an individual basis

    Fee
    N/A

    Registration
    Graduate School

    Additional information
    The course Legal Research Lab focuses on the question how the methods used in legal research have be justified. PhD students are asked to reflect on the methodological challenges in their research and how to deal with them. To begin with, they write a paper in which they reflect on some methodological issues in their research, concerning legal interpretation, selection of sources, key concepts, the normative framework and the relation with other disciplines (if applicable). Subsequently, a concept version will be discussed with the lecturer. After that, a final version is submitted. Preferably, this text can be included in the introduction of their thesis when the methods used have to be described and justified.

  • Congress participation with paper and presentation (2 EC)

    Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
    N/A

    Target group
    All PhD students

    Credits
    2 EC

    Period
    N/A

    Fee
    N/A

    Registration
    N/A

    Additional information
    N/A

  • Seminars and masterclasses (2-6 EC)

    Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
    N/A

    Target group
    All PhD students

    Credits 
    2-6 EC (as a minimum, PhD candidates have to present their research at least on one occasion)

    Period 

    Fee 
    N/A

    Registration
    Graduate School

    Additional information 
    This component involves active participation in four seminars throughout the year and in (occasional) masterclasses with international top researchers. During the seminars, PhD candidates are expected to present their research, provide feedback on each other's work and in general engage in discussions with their peers. Participation in seminars and masterclasses is mandatory for internal PhD students. We acknowledge that external PhD students may not always be able to attend, but we encourage them to participate as well.

Mandatory optional components (min. 5 EC)

Optional components

  • Embedded researcher (18 EC)

    Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
    N/A

    Target group  
    All PhD students

    Credits  
    18 EC

    Period  
    N/A

    Fee  
    N/A

    Registration
    N/A

    Additional information 
    PhD students may choose to spend three months as an embedded researcher in a non-academic setting, such as law firms, banks, ministries, etc. PhD students will have to make their own arrangements. See for more information also the Professional PhD Program of Promovendi Netwerk Nederland (Dutch only).

  • Career orientation for PhD candidates and postdocs / Loopbaanorientatie voor promovendi (1 EC)

    Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
    HR Training Programmes

    Target group  
    PhD students employed by VU University towards the end of their 3rd or beginning of 4th year

    Credits  
    1 EC

    Period  
    September-November 2019 (2019-3)

    Fee   
    In 2019, PhD candidates can participate for a fee of €695. For internal PhD students the costs will be borne by the faculty and will be settled with the transition fee. Every PhD student whose employment lasted at least two years is entitled to this fee.

    Registration
    training_programmes.hrm@vu.nl

    Additional information
    See factsheet

  • Congress participation without paper or presentation (1 EC)

    Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
    N/A

    Target group  
    All PhD students

    Credits  
    1 EC

    Period  
    N/A  

    Fee  
    N/A

    Registration
    N/A

    Additional information 
    N/A

  • Writing a data management plan (1 EC)

    Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
    VU University Library

    Target group  
    All PhD students

    Credits  
    1 EC

    Period  
    TBD 

    Fee  
    N/A

    Registration
    Graduate School

    Additional information
    The University Library provides training on Research Data Management (RDM) for PhD students. Good RDM (e.g. storing, sharing, archiving, describing your research data) contributes to research transparency and integrity. Due to the advance of new technologies, data volumes and numbers of files are constantly increasing. For that reason good data management is an essential part of data-driven research as well. In this workshop, we will introduce and discuss the different aspects of RDM which typically need to be covered in a data management plan (DMP), such as data description, data storage during research, sharing data with colleagues, data archiving after research and data citation. The various components of research data management will be related to the FAIR principles (that is, principles to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable). We will also address the ethical and legal framework, including the General Data Protection Regulation (the new EU-law on privacy which will be in effect from May 2018).

    In this training, you’ll learn why good RDM is necessary and how it can be beneficial to your research. In an interactive workshop, we will provide you with practical guidelines and instruments to manage your data properly. You will be working on a DMP for your own research, so that you can apply the things you learn to your own project.

    This training requires some preparation from your side. You will be asked to read and watch information about RDM (two short articles and a website). In addition, you need to write a first draft of a DMP, which will be worked out in more detail during the workshop. 

    Estimated time investment for the preparation: 20 hours.

  • Organization of a panel, conference, masterclass or course (2-4 EC)

    Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
    N/A

    Target group  
    All PhD students

    Credits  
    2-4 EC

    Period  
    N/A  

    Fee 
    N/A

    Registration
    N/A

    Additional information 
    N/A

  • Editorial work (TBD)

    Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
    N/A

    Target group  
    All PhD students

    Credits  
    TBD

    Period  
    N/A  

    Fee 
    N/A

    Registration
    N/A

    Additional information 
    N/A

  • Teaching / thesis supervision (1-5 EC)

    Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
    N/A

    Target group  
    All PhD students

    Credits  
    1-5 EC

    Period  
    N/A  

    Fee 
    N/A

    Registration
    N/A

    Additional information 
    N/A

  • VU Graduate Winter School

    Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
    N/A

    Target group  
    All PhD students

    Credits  
    Depends on the course

    Period  
    1-week courses from Saturday 11-18 January 2020

    Fee  
    Depends on the course

    Registration
    How to apply

    Additional information 
    See the website of the VU Amsterdam Graduate Winter School

  • Valorisation activities (max 2 EC)

    Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
    N/A

    Target group  
    All PhD students

    Credits  
    Max 2 EC

    Period  
    N/A  

    Fee 
    N/A

    Registration
    N/A

    Additional information 
    N/A

  • IXA events (TBD)

    Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
    Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA)

    Target group  
    All PhD students

    Credits  
    TBD

    Period  
    Various dates (workshops and other activities)

    Fee  
    Depends on the event

    Registration
    Through the IXA website

    Additional information 
    See the IXA website for more information.

  • Career Thursdays (TBD)

    Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
    VU International Office

    Target group  
    All PhD students

    Credits  
    TBD

    Period  
    TBD

    Fee  
    €17,50 per workshop

    Registration
    Contact: phd@vu.nl

    Additional information 
    See online description of workshops

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Vragen?

Neem contact op met de Graduate School (Jacqueline Draaisma)