At VU Amsterdam, we provide three or four year intensive research PhD programs, or part time PhD programs with a duration above four years, organized in graduate schools of nine VU Amsterdam faculties. We expect our doctoral graduates to become internationally engaged scientists with transferable skills and opportunities to plan a career in or outside academia. We offer customized training and supervision with a strong emphasis on the development of research as well as professional skills such as the ability to work in teams and collaborate. In short, we wish to develop engaged and responsible academics and future professionals who constantly explore and push back the boundaries of existing knowledge. Our doctorates are internationally-oriented, multi and interdisciplinary, curiosity and results driven, creating an impact in science, society and economy.

At VU Amsterdam we have two types of PhD candidates:

  • Internal PhD candidates are paid employees of VU Amsterdam and enter into an employment contract with VU Amsterdam.
  • External PhDs candidates undertake a PhD at VU Amsterdam with a foreign funding or scholarship scheme, or are self funded professionals or students.

Earning a doctorate from VU Amsterdam often leads to a career as a scholar and researcher in universities and academie; non-profits and think tanks; consultancies and corporations.

The vacancies for internal PhD are shown below. If you are interested in VU Amsterdam as an external PhD, please click the button below.

Application for external PhDs