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First year

The course work component of the first year of the UvH Graduate School has three main objectives. 
  • It focusses on developing academic knowledge and – skills which are needed to write a strong research proposal. This is the main goal in the first year. 
  • It introduces PhD candidates to key concepts and research methods in the interdisciplinary field which encompasses Humanistic Studies and the Ethics of Care. 
  • The program aims to create a learning environment in which PhD students can build a supportive ‘community of researchers’ in which they discuss their work-in-progress and share experiences in peer groups with other PhD candidates. In addition to the course work program, all PhD students will schedule regular meetings with their own PhD supervisor(s). 

In May, all PhD students have to submit their research proposal to the UvH Board for the Conferral of Doctoral Degrees, where it will be reviewed and assessed. After approval, students are admitted to a specific PhD research cluster for the subsequent years of their enrollment in the Graduate School.  

Programme 2020-2021

Please note that Week 1 2020 starts in the last week of August 2020.

Consequent years (2-5)

In the consequent years PhD students take part in one of the research clusters and conduct their research under superintendence of their supervisors. Supervision occurs in cluster meetings as well as on an individual basis. The participants will receive personal feedback on their preliminary results and participate in an educational programme. Also, each year there is an international Graduate School conference. 

The educational programme encompasses a variety of research methods, workshops, regular research  meetings within the own cluster,  plenary symposia delivered by international renown scholars, and plenary meetings on specific UvH/GS themes. The one day GS conference usually includes a session with an international key-note speaker, poster presentations by all GS1 students, paper presentations by a number of GS+ students as well as presentations by UvH staff and invited people from the GS-students professional networks. The thesis is expected to be completed in the fourth or the fifth year of the programma.


Cluster /chair group

Contact person


Care Ethics

Carlo Leget


Citizenship and Humanisation of the Public Sector

Evelien Tonkens



Doret de Ruyter


Humanist Chaplaincy Studies for a Plural Society

Gaby Jacobs


Humanism ans Social Resilience

Anja Machielse