PhD education

To be eligible for a PhD education, students must have successfully completed an academic training at MSc level (or equivalent higher education) in the field of Green Life Sciences (or related fields).

Graduate school 

In the Netherlands PhD students are employees of the university with the primary task to conduct research, leading to a thesis. This appointment as a researcher is accompanied by a training programme of courses, workshops, lectures and so forth. At the start of the PhD project the compulsory training elements are determined.

In many research areas the training programme for PhD students is provided by an inter-university or even national Graduate School. In the field of Green Life Sciences this is the Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS) in which the University of Amsterdam cooperates with

  • Wageningen University (WU);
  • Radboud University (RU);
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU);
  • Leiden University (UL);
  • University of Amsterdam (UvA);
  • Utrecht University (UU); and
  • University of Groningen (RUG).

Among the core activities of the EPS Graduate School are seminars and specialized courses provided by experts and internationally recognized scientists.  Other activities are symposia, meetings, workshops and summer schools.  

How to apply

To pursue a PhD project you generally have to apply for a vacant PhD position. For a position in Green Life Sciences at the University of Amsterdam you can check the listing of PhD positions at the Faculty of Science

Another way of becoming a PhD student is to provide for your own project funding by obtaining a governmental grant, scholarship or fellowship. If you wish to pursue this route please get in touch with us.

17 December 2014