PhD Councils

EPAR (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)
EPAR represents the PhD candidates of the Erasmus University and Medical Center. We cooperate with the PhD councils from the departments to give PhD candidates a face and a voice at the university level. EPAR organises drinks and other social events, provides information for PhD candidates and maintains contacts with the policy makers of the university. Examples of the activities of EPAR include the supervision survey, in which PhD candidates were asked about their supervisors and supervision tracks, and the Introduction and Career Planning Day, where EPAR offered both an introduction to new PhD candidates as well as activities and workshops for all PhD candidates. EPAR has a central board as well as representatives for all faculties.

PON (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
The PhD council Nijmegen (PON) meets every 5/6 weeks with the executive board, delegates of the works council and the organization for foreign PhD candidates, and PhD representatives of all faculties of the Radboud University. In this meeting, they discuss current and future issues at the Radboud University. The PON looks after the interest of all PhD candidates in Nijmegen. It pays attention to the terms of employment, supervision and course offer, to information on practical matters like the printing of a dissertation, and to job perspectives and national and international developments in learning, science, and policy. Also, the PON regularly conducts surveys among PhD candidates to formulate recommendations and propose actions with respect to the above-mentioned issues.

GRIN (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
The Groningen Graduate Interest Network (GRIN) is the PhD council at the University of Groningen taking care of the academic and administrative processes involving any PhD candidate. Our primary goal is to inform PhD candidates of their rights and obligations, explain the differences among types of PhD, and provide support when presenting a concern to the respective authorities. We work in close contact with the PhD representative at the University Council, the PhD Councils of each Faculty,  and the Head of the Graduate Schools to keep track of the main concerns PhD candidates might have and to find the best way to solve them. PhD candidates can follow us to receive information about future events regarding the legal and administrative aspects of their PhD trajectories and should not hesitate to contact us with any problems or questions surrounding these subjects.

PromooD (Technische Universiteit Delft)
PromooD is the independent representative body of PhD candidates at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). We signalize bureaucratic obstacles and general problems that PhD candidates face and report them to the various university boards, and we work out and stimulate the implementation of solutions to these problems. In addition, we provide PhD candidates a network through which they can meet other PhD candidates (monthly PhD cafe), we organize professional and social activities (workshops, lectures, drinks) and we keep PhD candidates up-to-date about PhD related issues and events (through our monthly e-zine and website).

PhD-PDEng-Council (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven)

UvAPro (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Working as a PhD candidate comes with unique costs and benefits. PhD candidates produce a major part of the university’s scientific output, but our career perspectives often depend heavily on our supervisor. We are paid to further our personal scientific development but at the same time our chances of a career in academics are slim. UvAPro represents the interests of PhD candidates at the University of Amsterdam and informs them about these unique aspects of their job. Our activities include negotiating with the different Faculty and University Boards and organizing seminars and symposia.

LEO (Universiteit Leiden)
The Leiden PhD Council (Leo) aims to represent the interests of all PhD candidates affiliated with Leiden University. We have regular meetings with the rector and the various deans, have contacts with the local union representative, and keep in close touch with the PhD candidates in the University and Faculty councils. Apart from that, we organize a number of social events. Every month, PhDrinks are held at a local bar in Leiden. Here, PhD candidates from all over the university meet and socialize. Furthermore, once a month the PhD discussion group is held. This forum allows PhD candidates to present their work to a broad audience, and, at the same time, gives PhD candidates the chance to experience some of the extraordinary wealth of research areas in our university.

LAP-LUMC (Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum)
LAP-LUMC is the PhD Association of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). It seeks to promote and safeguard the interests of all PhD candidates from the LUMC.

P-NUT (Universiteit Twente)
P-NUT is the PhD Network of the University of Twente. Our goal is to represent, inform, and connect PhD Candidates.
P-NUT represents: By conveying the voice of PhD candidates, and by collaborating constructively with stakeholders at the university, they contribute to plans and regulations from which all who are involved can benefit. Their efforts are paying off: P-NUT has regular meetings with the Human Resources department, the head of the Twente Graduate School, and the Rector Magnificus prof. dr. Ed Brinksma.
P-NUT informs: Starting your PhD involves a lot more than just the academic affairs. Many PhD candidates find themselves to be full-time employed for the first time in their lives. With the large numbers of international PhD candidates at the University of Twente, many are faced with finding their way in the Dutch employment system, as well. For all PhD’s at the university P-NUT organizes monthly lunch meetings, aimed at providing practical information on various PhD related issues.
P-NUT connects: P-NUT is aware that the life of the PhD candidate can sometimes be challenging, and that sometimes a little advice goes a long way. And P-NUT hopes to contribute their advice. Most of the time doing your research and writing your dissertation is a stimulating experience. Doing a PhD represents years of opportunities for personal and professional development, starting to master your discipline, and meeting people from all over the world. P-NUT wants to play a role in your social experience as well.

PrOUt (Universiteit Utrecht)
PrOUt (Promovendi Overleg Utrecht) is the PhD network of Utrecht University, representing all PhD candidates at the university. PrOUt tries to help PhDs by informing them about relevant information concering their position as an employee at the university and their career development. We also promote PhD’s interests at the university board. Obstacles or problems that PhDs face – concerning, for example, supervision or grants – are discussed during discussion meetings of Prout members and external specialists, and are reported to the university board by oral or written advice. Finally, PrOUt organises professional and social activities for all PhDs in Utrecht, such as drinks, lectures, workshops and information markets.

ProVU (Vrije Universiteit)
The ProVU Foundation has been officially established in 2008. Its primary goal is to serve the interests of PhD candidates at the Vrije Universiteit. This is done by means of (a) representation in the Works Council, (b) regular meetings with the rector magnificus and other officials, and (c) the representation at PNN. Furthermore, ProVU organizes a PhD day every 18 months to bring PhD candidates into contact with each other and to inform them about relevant issues. Finally, apart from all the serious work, ProVU also pays attention to the social aspect by organizing regular drinks aka `borrels’.

WPC (Wageningen Universiteit)
The Wageningen PhD Council (WPC) represents the interests of PhD candidates of Wageningen University. WPC discusses a wide variety of PhD related issues on regular basis, e.g. CAO developments, improvement of the position of young researchers, concerns etc. It exchanges ‘best practices’ and contributes to the cohesion between PhD councils of the different Graduate Schools. WPC is chaired by the Dean of Wageningen Graduate Schools. This guarantees a direct contact with the directors of the Graduate Schools of Wageningen University. Every Wageningen Graduate School has a PhD council. Its members represent all PhD candidates associated with the Graduate School. The councils act in the interest of all associated PhD candidates by active participation in the concerned Graduate School’s educational committee, the Graduate School’s Board and by acting on developments that might affect associated PhD candidates.

TiPP (Universiteit van Tilburg)
The Tilburg PhD Platform (TiPP) represents the interests of PhD candidates of Tilburg University. All PhD councils (one for each faculty) are represented within TiPP.

APROVE (Amsterdam MC)
APROVE is a unique association for AMC PhD students (Amc PROmovendiVEreniging). Founded in 2006, APROVE strives to offer a professional and social network for PhD students at the AMC and its affiliated centers.

Promeras (Erasmus MC)
The main goal is to stand up for the rights of all PhD-candidates, for instance the right to follow courses and the right to receive high quality supervision during their research. The board meets the Dean and people of Human Resources and Research & Policy on a regular base. Moreover, Promeras advises the PhD Committee about the PhD Education Policy. Additionally, when PhD-candidates have questions or problems the board of Promeras can offer help.

Open Universiteit Nederland

MUPPYS (Maastricht University)
Maastricht University PhDs, PostDocs and Young Scientists’. Mission is to create a good environment for young researchers at Maastricht University and to shape Maastricht University’s policy in a way that stimulates good research and education.