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A PhD student is the equivalent of a Dutch OIO.

The way to be promoted is by pursuing the promotion track as a PhD(OIO).
Research institutes CCA and EMGO both have developed a 'handbook for PhD students'  (CCA) / 'PhD manual' (EMGO), which provide you with all sorts of useful information. Also relevant for PhD students from other research institutes. On this page a report form the Rathenau institute (in dutch) can be found about a study among Dutch PhD students into the quality of PhD tracts and careerplanning of PhD students and the guidance of their promoters in this.

OIO track
Besides the regular procedure of employment, there is a training and guidance plan required that has to be signed before P&O (HR) is able to process the employment. The training and Guidance plan has to be signed by the first promoter, chairman of the Academic Committee, and the PhD (OIO).

Integral PhD-program: from Student to Professional
A new training program developed for PhD students;  "Integral PhD-program: from Student to Professional". From September 2013 this program replaces the existing courses at the Amstel Academy for this group. The new program is designed to create more consistency  in the existing offer and to bring in a number of new subjects. This aims AA the entire spectrum of skills and personal development that candidates need to join forces in an integrated program. For more information about this program click here

Labour contract
Usually, the PhD signs a contract for the duration of the education. The advice provided is to first offer a contract for a year. After the first 9-month assessment, it will be determined whether the contract should be extended or not. The PhD is appointed for an employment of 36 hours a week for up to four years, but there is also the possibility of being offered employment of 28.8 hours a week for a duration of five years.

Extension of Employment
The OIO is employed for four years and can be extended in case of maternity leave, long term illness, family circumstances, serious problems regarding supervision. The extension should be well reasoned and in writing to the director of the research school.
In Dutch, the form for an extension of employment is called the "formulier verlengen arbeidsovereenkomst"

Finishing your PhD
Research institute EMGO has developped a manual with information about finishing your PhD . In this manual a timeline and relevant information concerning printing your thesis, preparation of your defence and possible funding is bundled.