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News May 2019

After a successful pilot with FSS and International Office, International Office will organize the Bridging Programme again in September. The Programme is aimed at new international PhD’s and external professional PhD’s. If you will be supervising an international and/or external PhD candidate, please contact the Graduate School.

The Graduate School is finalizing the study guide for 2019-2020. The courses for semester 1 are almost scheduled. We are excited to announce that we will offer a few new courses and workshops. Please keep an eye on your mailbox, the Canvas page and/or our website for more news!
Confirmed dates:
•    Bridging Programme - 9 September until 1 October 2019 - for new PhD’s
•    Induction Conference - Friday 4 & Saturday 5 October - for new PhD’s
•    Data Management Plan - 24 October - mandatory (this used to be part of the course ‘Research Integrity and Responsible Scholarship’ – more details on the rest of the course follows)
•    Successful Grant Writing - 7 November & 3 December

Our Study Guide will be updated in August!

A. Honari will defend his dissertation titeld Online and offline political participation under repression: Iranian Green Movement supporters between two elections, 2009-2013 on 17 September.

  • Time:11:45
  • Location: Aula


Care Institute (Zorginstituut) has decided to subsidize the research of PhD candidate and Graduate Council member Karin Kee. Her research focuses on joint decision making between patients who suffer from lower back pain and their doctors, nurses, and other involved care. Karin wrote the grant proposal in collaboration with the University hospital in Maastricht, the patient Organization for patients with backpain, and Equalis Strategy and Modeling. Karin: ‘The Grant Writing workshop organized by VU-GSSS had paid off’. We are very proud that Karin received this prestigious grant, congratulations Karin! 

We congratulate Lorraine Nencel (SOC) on obtaining Ius promovendi. She now has the right to act as Supervisor within our faculty.

Socializing Science is looking for interesting blogs of our PhD candidates. Would you like to practice your popular science writing skills and share your experiences with others, then write 500-1000 words on one of the following topics: 


Your ideas about or experience with:
•    PhD careers;
•    Presenting (e.g. during the PhD Day, conferences, etc.);
•    A topic related to a course you participated in;
•    Fieldwork/data collection

How to …
•    survive the GNG procedure?
•    how to apply for funding/ a scholarship?
•    deal with being an international PhD? (Think about housing, visa, scholarship procedures, Dutch (academic) culture, etc.)
•    deal with the ethics commission?


Other brilliant ideas are very welcome too!
Have a look at the Socializing Science manual before you start writing. Send an e-mail to Socializing Sciences if you have any questions.