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Admission, application and registration


All PhD candidates must hold a Master's or a Drs. degree. We also expect candidates to have some research and writing experience in the last 2 to 5 years. Please note that PhD candidates will be required to submit and publish articles to international peer-reviewed journals. Many PhD dissertations consist of a collection of academic peer-reviewed articles.  

The candidates must be able to spend at least two full days (16 hours) a week on their PhD research.

Application to the Graduate School 

To be admitted to the Graduate School, you will follow an assessment procedure. The application period for the academic year 2023-2024 starts in December 2023. The deadline for application is April 2nd 2024.

You may apply to the Graduate School in the period  between December 2023 and April 2nd 2024. The application period closes on April 2nd 2024, at 15.00 CEST. 

Application documents

In order to apply to the Graduate School of the UvH, you are requested to submit the following documents:

•  A completed Application Form (in English; please use the template below)

•  A completed Initial PhD proposal (in English; please use the template below)

•  Your Curriculum Vitae (in English or Dutch)

•  A  copy of Master's diploma:

A digital copy of your Master's diploma (if issued in the Netherlands)

or a notarized/ Apostille approved copy of your Master's diploma

DUO - Uittreksel Diploma  

DUO - Extract of your Diploma

PDF fileApplication Form

MS Word fileInitial PhD Proposal

These documents must be submitted digitally via:

In order to complete the application form please consult the page Available research topics and research fields.

Once the application documents are received, the following steps will be explained. 

Assessment Procedure

The assessment will take place between 2/04/2024 and 31/05/2024. In June 2024 the applicants will be informed whether they have been admitted to the UvH Graduate School.