PhD doctoral

VU Amsterdam offers excellent PhD programmes to students from all over the world. If you have a recognized Master’s degree and are interested in pursuing a doctorate at VU Amsterdam, we kindly invite you to explore the possibilities of our Phd programmes.

VU Amsterdam PhD programmes typically take three to four years full time scholarly work and training, depending on the scientific discipline. VU Amsterdam offers different  types of PhD-positions: an internal PhD position (pre-funded or self-funded), or an external PhD position.

The process of earning a doctorate consists of taught elements, electives, conducting independent research and writing a dissertation. For each PhD-candidate an individual programme is designed in accordance with the interests of the candidate and his or her supervisor and the Graduate School. If you are interested, please check all Phd information including admission, scholarships, practical information and contact details.

Our International Office has accommodations available for our foreign PhD students. Depending on the availability, we offer accommodations for a maximum period of one year (Short Stay Housing) and a limited number of studios for the entire period of a PhD programme (PhD Housing). 

The interests of PhD students and post-docs employed by VU Amsterdam are represented by the organisation called ProVU. VU Amsterdam offers PhD students career orientation and services for your future career.