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Huijgens and Diamond programme


In 2012 we initiated the 'Huijgens Program'. This talent program is specifically designed for outstanding first year Master's (of Science) students who would like to write and undertake their own PhD research project on oncology. Two students that complete the rotation program and successfully write a research proposal will find a PhD position in one of the participating groups.

In 2014, the 'Nederlandse  Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek' (NWO) awarded the Oncology Graduate School (OOA) with a grant of €800,000 to extend this highly successful Huijgens Programme to AMC and NKI; the 'OOA Diamond Program'

Talent Program

Aim of our programmes is to scout highly motivated Master's students who would like to design and undertake their own PhD research project. In May - June four talented first year Master's students will be selected in a two step process. Selection is based on -amongst others- grades, CV, motivation, result internship, a presentation by candidate, and interest in scientific research.

In September (second year Master's program) the four selected students will have the opportunity to get acquaintance with the various research groups. After three two-week rotations at three different research groups, the candidates have to choose a supervisor and research theme which fits their interest and ambitions. The students may subsequently perform their second internship at this particular research group if they wish to do so.

The last phase of the Master's program will be dedicated to writing a PhD research proposal. The four proposals will be evaluated. Finally, two students will be selected and awarded with a personal grant to perform PhD research for four years. All participants will receive a certificate of participation in the talent programme. Participants must take into account, that this talent program runs next to the regular Master's program.

The two selected students will start their own PhD research project. The PhD project will be monitored and guided by an evaluation committee. We will offer a full-time PhD appointment for four years. Students will receive a competitive salary and secondary benefits, excellent courses, seminars and numerous training and networking opportunities. After about four years, the PhD project will be completed with a PhD thesis.

Admission requirements  

To be eligible for the personal grant, you have to meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled in one of the Master programs: Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Biomolecular Sciences, Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Medical Natural Sciences, Medicine, Oncology, Other Life Sciences, Medicine & Health related programs
  • Highly interested in scientific research focussed on Oncology and/or Immunology
  • Excellent study results
  • Available for giving a presentation about internship during first year of Master's Program
  • Available for extra study burden (in spare time) during second year of Master's Program
  • Proficient in English.

If you are not sure whether your (theoretical) background is sufficient to apply for the programme, please contact us.

How to apply

The Huijgens and Diamond programme are now closed for application. As soon as the application will be open, this will be posted on our website.