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News May 2019

Upcoming Courses
•    Workshop Poster Presentation – 29 May (0.5 EC in combination with presentation during PhD Day)
•    Selected Quantitative Methods – 3-7 June (3 EC)
•    Collecting, Analyzing and Writing with Qualitative Data – 24-28 June (3 EC)

Check our updated Study Guide for more information about courses and registration. 

Upcoming Events
•    Pizza session: 29 May
•    Amsterdam PhD Career Event: 11 June
•    Annual FSS PhD Day: 14 June
•    Writing marathon & Summer Drinks: 28 June

After two successful editions, AISSR, the VU GSSS and ASCoR welcome you to the third PhD Career Day, with speakers, trainers, experts and alumni working in the academic and non-academic sector. The aim is to provide you with perspectives and practical advice on how you can prepare for your career at this moment in your PhD trajectory. If you wish to participate, you can accept this invite with a response. Please mention in your response which one of the break- out sessions you’d like to attend: 1) personal branding or 2) proposal writing.

Date:                  Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Time:                  12:00-17:00 (start with coffee and sandwiches, drinks and snacks afterwards)
Location:             Crea, Muziekzaal

12:00-12:30        Lunch and sandwiches
12:30-13:00        Welcome by Prof. Dr. Karen van Oudenhoven-van der Zee, Dean of the faculty of Social Sciences (VU)
13:00-14:30        Two break-out sessions:
                                networking/ personal branding by ProActief UvA
                                grant proposal writing by dr. Marcel Giezen (IXA)

14:30-15:00        Coffee break    
15:00– 15:45      Presentation by dr. Alexandre Afonso (Leiden University) on how different European 
                         academic labour markets are organized.
15:45- 16:45      Alumni talking about their career path:
                                 Catherine de Vries (VU)
                                 Linda Duits (Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON))
                                 Toni van der Meer (ASCoR)
                                 Jacomijne Prins (research outside academia)

                                 Levi van den Bogaard (Consultant and Institutional Researcher at Fontys Hogescholen)   


16:45- 17:30       Closure and drinks
                                 Photographer Peter Gerritsen will make portrait photo’s that you can use for your
                                 LinkedIn page or other social media profile.

We look forward to seeing you on 11 June!

29 May: The Graduate Council will organize a workshop on ‘poster presentations’.  By attending this workshop and presenting at PhD day you will receive 0.5 EC.

14 June: During the annual PhD Day, you have the opportunity to get feedback from other FSS scholars, practice your presentation in a safe environment. The best oral presentation and the best poster presentation will receive € 250,- to spend on research.

Questions and registration: email the Graduate Council

In February and April, the Graduate Council hosted two writing marathons: a group of PhD candidates planned a full day of focused writing together. At the beginning of the day everyone set their goal(s). With the strict structure of 50 minutes writing and a 10-minute break all participants aimed to reach their goal(s). During the break everyone helped others and shared tips. The Graduate Council will end this academic year with final writing marathon, including drinks afterwards. Date: 28 June. Location: Forum 7 & Balcony.

Writng Marathon

From this month onwards, the Graduate School mainly communicates with PhD candidates through the new VU-GSSS Community page on Canvas. This makes it possible for each user to choose if you would like to receive our announcements in your mailbox and how often. We will upload files for internal usage, like the PowerPoint files of the Pizza Sessions and the Induction Conference. All PhD candidates with a VU-net ID will be added automatically. Make sure you are enrolled in the Graduate School VU-GSSS Community page on Canvas.
If you cannot access Canvas, send us an e-mail!

New Component

Are you interested in maintaining and improving the quality of life, supervision, doctoral education and work as a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)? The PhD Advisory Board needs members! The PhD Advisory Board is aimed at providing input and advice (i.e. no organizational obligations) and meets a couple of times each year. Interested? Please send an email with 2-3 lines of motivation to the Graduate School, and please also mention in which department you are located, in which stage (year) you are in terms of your PhD project and the kind of employment / contract you have (because we want to ensure a mixed and inclusive membership). Please send your application as soon as possible, and before 30 May. 

Would you like to improve your blogging skills and gain experience as an blog editor? Socializing Science, the well visited blogging site filled with blogs written by FSS PhD candidates is looking for new bloggers and new editors. If you are interested, please send us an e-mail.


From January onwards you will finds us every Thursday in room 2A59. The FSS key users, Mieke Noordam, Alexandra Filius & Saskia Jans will be available to answer all your Hora Finita related questions.