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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, which consists of 4 x 4 consecutive days spread over the year, 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 2019-2020

Week 1: 25 - 29 August 2019

Week 2: 4 - 7 November 2019

Week 3: 17 - 20 February 2020

Week 4: 30 March - 2 April 2020

Conference: April 2 2020 ( 9.30 - 17.00 hrs)

In each week, there will be time set aside to discuss the draft research proposals of participating PhD students.

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 the educational programme. This programme consists of eight course days a  year including 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 GS2 students as well as presentations by UvH staff and invited people from the GS-students professional networks. After the fourth year of the programme (including the foundation year) there is no educational programme, and the supervision is focused on finishing the thesis. The thesis is expected to be completed in the fourth or the fifth year of the programma.

GS2+ programme 2019-2020

As a first announcement on the GS2+ program 2019-2020, below please find the new time schedule.

The course program has been changed: the centrally organized GS-program will be largely limited to methods workshops and the GS-conference. In addition your cluster/chair group will have their own meetings. Furthermore, external trainings will be (or need to be) agreed on with your supervisor and can be arranged and scheduled by yourself.


Further information will follow through ELO in the first week of July. If you have any questions beforehand, please get in touch with your supervisor or the contact person of your cluster. 



GS2+ year schedule 2019-2020


DATE (Thursday)



19 Sept 2019

International lecture CHPS

15:30 – 18:00

24 Oct 2019

Methods workshop 1 and 2

15:30 – 18:00

28 Nov 2019

Methods workshop 3 and 4

15:30 – 18:00

20 Febr 2020

Methods 5 and 6

15:30 – 18:00

2 April 2020


10:00 – 18:00

14 May 2020

Methods 7 and 8;

AND International lecture RM

15:30 – 18:00

Lecture timeslot t.b.a.

(13:00 – 15:00 or evening)



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, Meaning and Culture

Joachim Duyndam


Research Methodology

Wander van der Vaart