PhD & Postdoc Organizations

ProVUmc

ProVUmc is a committee that represents VU University medical center PhD students. ProVUmc aims to improve PhD education, regulation and communication within VU University medical center. This includes updating and improving the VU University medical center information for PhD students online, advising on the adjusted Vrije Universiteit doctorate regulations (promotiereglement) and improving the information on available courses offered at the different research institutes of VU University medical center. Furthermore, ProVUmc also represents VUmc PhD students in the national PhD network: Promovendi Netwerk Nederland (PNN).

The committee consists of PhD representatives from all VU University medical center research institutes, PhD representatives from the education and research committee (O&O) of the VU University medical centers work council (OR) and the VU University medical center PhD representative of ProVU. PhD related issues are discussed in a two monthly meeting. Issues that are important for all VU University medical center PhD students are then discussed with the dean of VU University medical center.

ProVUmc is dependent on your input, so please do not hesitate to contact one of the members if you're signaling any PhD related problems.

PhD representatives from research institutes:

ProVU

ProVU is an organization set up to protect the interests of PhD students and post-docs employed by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and VU University medical center. ProVU also provides practical tips and information for PhD students on everything from courses and printing your thesis to career advice and social activities. ProVU is staffed by volunteers from the PhD student and post-doc community.

PhD Association of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The PhD Association of  Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam invites all of the PhD students to actively participate.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is very diverse. Faculties are worlds in themselves, but it is very easy to find unity among PhD candidates.
With the support of the International Office (Reyka Lycklama a Nijeholt and Sandra Hasanefendic), candidates from several faculties have joined efforts to build a PhD association.
This innovative body has the goal of actively engaging all PhD candidates at our university and developing activities by and for the PhD candidates. 
These activities are almost always organized in the Global Room (Main Building 1A-36).

  1. Under the coordination of Sauvik das Gupta and Juliana Rodrigues de Senna, the initiative was launched to work as a hub among candidates to discuss common issues, which were divided in four different areas:
    Doctor's Appointments (meetings with a stakeholder on an issue or problem for PhD education including e.g. visa, accommodation, clarification on the requirements for the doctoral defense). Coordinators: Angelo Romasanta and Marije Blok.
  2. PhDiscuss (discussions on topics related to doing a PhD, e.g. stress and anxiety, explaining your research under 90 seconds, promoting your research, alumni events, career events). Coordinators: Yagmur Amanvermez and Sahand Ziabari.
  3. PhDrinks (social events making sure PhDs integrate and socialize, e.g. language cafes, pub quizzes). Coordinators: Francis Ostermeijer, Bouke Klein Tesselink and Ikenna Ebuenyi.
  4. PhD Family (promoting activities with families such as outdoor activities, city tours, fun crafts, artistic workshops, visits to the petting zoos). Coordinators: Milan Jelisavcic and Wenhui Ding

You can see all the upcoming activities in the online meetup.com calendar.
All PhD candidates are particularly encouraged to sign up for the MeetUp platform and find the group VU International Staff.

Please also visit the facebook group VU PHD Gatherings. All activities, events and news are posted in the facebook group regularly.
If you would like to coordinate one of the activities please send an email to phd@vu.nl and Sauvik or Juliana will be happy to help.

VUmc CCA ProPhD

ProPhD is an organization set up in 2010 to represent the interests of all PhD students at VUmc CCA and discusses issues relating to education, programme management and communication with the VU University medical center CCA Board.
ProPhD is made up of PhD students and can be contacted by email via: prophd@vumc.nl

PNN

The PhD Network Netherlands (PNN) is the national organization for and by PhD students affiliated with one of the 14 Dutch universities, or one of the eight University Medical Centers, or one of the five so-called research institutions.

Career prospects 

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam site: Career prospects

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