If you want to apply to our PhD programs please follow the procedure in this section. For any inquires or questions please contact [email protected].

In order to apply for a PhD program at VU Amsterdam you will need the following documents:

  • Master degree certificate or equivalent qualification
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Preliminary research proposal (up to 800 words to indicate fields of interest)
  • Copy of ID
  • Language requirements/Scores from TOEFL and GRE tests (if applicable)

*Please note that each faculty reserves the right for other and additional documentation certificates. You might be asked for this documentation during the application procedure online by the respective faculty/graduate school. Faculties/graduate schools might also impose different regulations and requirements for admission. They will verify whether your application is up to these regulations and requirements in order to proceed to admission.

The application is therefore not a guarantee of acceptance and admission.

At the VU we have two types of PhD candidates: internal and external. Internal ones are paid employees of the VU and they can apply through our PhD vacancies.

If you are seeking to undertake a PhD at VU Amsterdam with a foreign funding or scholarship scheme, or you are a self funded professional or student go to Apply for a PhD.

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One of the most essential parts of the application process for the PhD trajectory at VU Amsterdam is finding a supervisor. We have a RESEARCH PORTAL which should guide you and help you look for a potential supervisor. You can indicate this person’s name during your application via application form, however we cannot guarantee a positive outcome. Supervisors have to consider your research proposal and whether it fits in their research agenda before making a definitive decision to guide you through your PhD process. If the supervisor you have indicated refuses to supervise you we mediate in matching with another relevant and available professor.