PhD Training Programme 2019-2020

As a general guideline, 1 EC equals 28 hours of course load. The information listed here will be updated from time to time.

Mandatory components (min. 9 EC)

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s)
Bart van Klink, Vincent Geeraets

Target group
All PhD students

Credits
2 EC

Period
Expected in the spring of 2020 (one-day course with assignment)

Fee
N/A

Registration
Not open for registration yet (registration details will be published in due time). 

Additional information
See 2017 course description (indicative)

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s)
Henk Elffers

Target group
All PhD students but especially starting PhD candidates who engage in empirical research (although empirical element in research may be limited)

Credits
3 EC

Period
Expected in the spring of 2020 (eight biweekly meetings) 

Fee
N/A

Registration
Graduate School

Additional information
See course description (2018-19 sample)

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
Bart van Klink

Target group 
All PhD students but especially PhD candidates in their 3rd or 4th year

Credits
3 EC

Period 
To be scheduled on an individual basis

Fee
N/A

Registration
Graduate School

Additional information
The course Legal Research Lab focuses on the question how the methods used in legal research have be justified. PhD students are asked to reflect on the methodological challenges in their research and how to deal with them. At the first (plenary) meeting various methodological issues concerning legal interpretation, selection of sources, theoretical and normative frameworks, the is-ought relation and multidisciplinary research will be discussed. Subsequently, PhD students write a paper in which they reflect on some methodological issues in their research. Preferably, this text can be included in the introduction of their thesis when the methods used have to be described and justified. The paper will be discussed with the lecturer at the second (individual) meeting.

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
N/A

Target group
All PhD students

Credits
2 EC

Period
N/A

Fee
N/A

Registration
N/A

Additional information
N/A

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
N/A

Target group
All PhD students

Credits 
2-6 EC (as a minimum, PhD candidates have to present their research at least on one occasion)

Period 
18 Oct 2018, 13 Dec 2018, 7 Feb 2019 (cancelled), 11 Apr 2019 (cancelled), 6 June 2019; master classes to be scheduled on an ad-hoc basis

Fee 
N/A

Registration
Graduate School

Additional information 
This component involves active participation in four seminars throughout the year and in (occasional) masterclasses with international top researchers. During the seminars, PhD candidates are expected to present their research, provide feedback on each other's work and in general engage in discussions with their peers.

Mandatory optional components (min. 5 EC)

The following components relate to the VU Amsterdam-wide mandatory requirement of transferable skills. The PhD candidate is required to choose one or more components adding up to at least 5 EC. The components can also be used for the optional section of the training requirements.

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
Frances Gilligan

Target group 
All PhD students

Credits 
6 EC

Period 
This is an ongoing, mostly online, course and participants can fit the training to their needs on an ad hoc basis. Participants also have the option to participate in one-day workshops. The next workshop is scheduled for Thursday 31 October 2019.

Fee 
N/A

Registration
Internal PhD candidates can register via Canvas: https://canvas.vu.nl/enroll/J6K3NE
External PhD candidates can send an e-mail to the Graduate School.

Additional information
See previous course description (indicative)

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
TBD

Target group 
All PhD students, junior researcher and (junior) lecturer-researchers

Credits 
6 EC

Period 
TBD

Fee 
N/A

Registration
Graduate School

Additional information
See 2018 course description (in Dutch)

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
HR Training Programmes

Target group 
First year PhD students (with three months to one year of experience)

Credits 
2 EC

Period
Nov-Dec 2019 (2019-5)

Fee 
VU employees: free of charge
External PhD candidates: €2350 voor 2018 (kostprijs 2019 nog niet bekend)

Registration
training_programmes.hrm@vu.nl

Additional information
See factsheet and VUnet (only accessible with VUnet ID)

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
VU Learn! Academy

Target group 
Teaching staff with <5 years of experience of teaching at university level and who do not have a first-level teaching qualification for secondary school teaching

Credits 
5 EC

Period 
Next session: Fall of 2019

Fee 
VU-employees: €75 (administration costs)
External PhD candidates: €2500

Registration
learnacademy@vu.nl

Additional information
See website VU Learn! Academy (Dutch and English version)

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
VU Learn! Academy

Target group 
Teaching staff with >=5 years of experience of teaching at university level and who do not have a first-level teaching qualification for secondary school teaching

Credits 
2-4 EC

Period 
Next session: Fall of 2019

Fee 
VU-employees: €75 (administration costs)
External PhD candidates: €2500

Registration
learnacademy@vu.nl

Additional information
See website VU Learn! Academy (Dutch and English version)

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
Academic Language Programme (Faculty of Humanities)

Target group 
PhD researchers who are in an advanced stage of writing

Credits 
3 EC

Period
Apr 2020

Fee 
€475

Registration
Registration form

Additional information
See online course description

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
Taalcentrum-VU

Target group 
Researchers and scientists who need to give concise and persuasive presentations of their research in English

Credits 
2 EC

Period 
5 meetings – next sessions: 
- Tuesday 29 October, 5, 12, 19 and 26 November 2019
- Tuesday 3, 10, 17 December, 7 and 14 January 2020

Fee
 
€495 (open-enrolment workshop)

Registration
Registration form

Additional information
See factsheet and online course description

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
Taalcentrum-VU

Target group 
PhD students who are preparing their dissertation in English, and for scientists and researchers who want to publish in an English-language specialist journal.

Credits 
3 EC

Period 
Summer course (intensive): 
-
12, 13, 14 and 15 August 2019 (9:30-16:30)

Regular course, consisting of 8 sessions (10:00-13:00):
- Wednesdays: 4/9, 11/9, 18/9, 9/10, 16/10, 23/10, 30/10, 6/11 (2019)
- Tuesdays: 10/9, 17/9, 1/10, 8/10, 15/10, 22/10, 29/10, 5/11 (2019)

Fee 
€695 (open-enrolment workshop)

Registration
Registration form

Additional information
See online course description

Optional components

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
N/A

Target group  
All PhD students

Credits  
18 EC

Period  
N/A

Fee  
N/A

Registration
N/A

Additional information 
PhD students may choose to spend three months as an embedded researcher in a non-academic setting, such as law firms, banks, ministries, etc. PhD students will have to make their own arrangements. See for more information also the Professional PhD Program of Promovendi Netwerk Nederland (Dutch only).

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
HR Training Programmes

Target group  
PhD students employed by VU University towards the end of their 3rd or beginning of 4th year

Credits  
1 EC

Period  
September-November 2019 (2019-3)

Fee   
In 2019, PhD candidates can participate for a fee of €695. For internal PhD students the costs will be borne by the faculty and will be settled with the transition fee. Every PhD student whose employment lasted at least two years is entitled to this fee.

Registration
training_programmes.hrm@vu.nl

Additional information
See factsheet

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
N/A

Target group  
All PhD students

Credits  
1 EC

Period  
N/A  

Fee  
N/A

Registration
N/A

Additional information 
N/A

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
VU University Library

Target group  
All PhD students

Credits  
1 EC

Period  
TBD 

Fee  
N/A

Registration
Graduate School

Additional information
The University Library provides training on Research Data Management (RDM) for PhD students. Good RDM (e.g. storing, sharing, archiving, describing your research data) contributes to research transparency and integrity. Due to the advance of new technologies, data volumes and numbers of files are constantly increasing. For that reason good data management is an essential part of data-driven research as well. In this workshop, we will introduce and discuss the different aspects of RDM which typically need to be covered in a data management plan (DMP), such as data description, data storage during research, sharing data with colleagues, data archiving after research and data citation. The various components of research data management will be related to the FAIR principles (that is, principles to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable). We will also address the ethical and legal framework, including the General Data Protection Regulation (the new EU-law on privacy which will be in effect from May 2018).

In this training, you’ll learn why good RDM is necessary and how it can be beneficial to your research. In an interactive workshop, we will provide you with practical guidelines and instruments to manage your data properly. You will be working on a DMP for your own research, so that you can apply the things you learn to your own project.

This training requires some preparation from your side. You will be asked to read and watch information about RDM (two short articles and a website). In addition, you need to write a first draft of a DMP, which will be worked out in more detail during the workshop. 

Estimated time investment for the preparation: 20 hours.
 

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
N/A

Target group  
All PhD students

Credits  
2-4 EC

Period  
N/A  

Fee 
N/A

Registration
N/A

Additional information 
N/A

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
N/A

Target group  
All PhD students

Credits  
TBD

Period  
N/A  

Fee 
N/A

Registration
N/A

Additional information 
N/A

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
N/A

Target group  
All PhD students

Credits  
1-5 EC

Period  
N/A  

Fee 
N/A

Registration
N/A

Additional information 
N/A

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
N/A

Target group  
All PhD students

Credits  
Depends on the course

Period  
1-week courses from Saturday 11-18 January 2020

Fee  
Depends on the course

Registration
How to apply

Additional information 
See the website of the VU Amsterdam Graduate Winter School

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
N/A

Target group  
All PhD students

Credits  
Max 2 EC

Period  
N/A  

Fee 
N/A

Registration
N/A

Additional information 
N/A

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA)

Target group  
All PhD students

Credits  
TBD

Period  
Various dates (workshops and other activities)

Fee  
Depends on the event

Registration
Through the IXA website

Additional information 
See the IXA website for more information.

Lecturer(s)/coordinator(s) 
VU International Office

Target group  
All PhD students

Credits  
TBD

Period  
TBD

Fee  
€17,50 per workshop

Registration
Contact: phd@vu.nl

Additional information 
See online description of workshops