Contacts and FAQ's

For any information in relation to the PhD process please contact: [email protected]. We will be happy to help you or navigate you to the correct person for guidance.


At the VU Amsterdam we have two types of PhDs: internal and external. Internal PhDs are hired VU Amsterdam employees. Please consult a list of vacancies for PhD projects.

External PhD candidates are self funded, usually on scholarships and working professionals.

You will need a certified proof of your Master or Research Master degree, a CV, copy of your ID, research proposal and in some cases language proficiency test scores. Our graduate schools and faculties can ask for more documents upon admission so please check their requirements carefully.

The cost of the doctoral program differs per faculty/graduate school. For more information please contact the graduate school directly.

The doctoral program usually lasts from 3-4 years. We encourage and provide extensive support for our PhD candidates.

Please consult our website on funding opportunities for more information. We provide national and support application to international scholarship providers.

Teaching is an optional component of your PhD program. Essentially all internal PhDs have some teaching responsibilities. External PhDs are also encouraged to teach in courses at their departments and in VU Amsterdam Graduate Winter School.

Send an e-mail to [email protected]. Our doctoral education adviser will answer your questions.