Workshop ‘How to Become a PhD student’ – 31 January 2020

How to Become A PhD student

31 January 2020, Amsterdam

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31 January 2020, ARCHON is organizing a workshop for (R)MA students: How to become a PhD student. This day will be organized with the aim to offer (R)MA students information about what you can expect from a PhD position and how to get one. Topics such as different kinds of PhD-positions, how to apply for PhD-positions and how to write an application will be discussed. We will also discuss what you can expect from a PhD-position and what’s necessary to make it. The workshop will be given by Prof. Vladimir Stissi and dr. Philip Verhagen.

Preliminary program: 11:00 – 17:15

11:00 – 11:15 Welcome and explanation of the program

11:15 – 11:450 ‘So you want to become a PhD student?’

11:45 – 12:15 Exercise: why should you become a PhD student?

12:15 – 13:00 General information about PhD programs

13:00-13:45 Lunch break – Lunch is not provided, but can be purchased at the cafeteria of the VU. You can, of course, also bring your own food.

13:45- 14:15 Route 1: apply to a vacancy (what should be on your resume?)

14:15 – 14:45  Route 2: write your own proposal (focus on PhDs in the Humanities program: what should you keep in mind while writing for an NWO-committee?)

14:45-15:45 Experiences from different PhD students part 1

15:45 – 16:00 Coffee & tea break

16:00-17:00: Exercise: mock interviews with feedback (3 students get interviewed, and the other students prepare questions in advance).

17:00- 17:15: Discussion

17:15 Drinks

Location: Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, zaal HG-08A37 (main building).

Registration:  Register by sending an email to There is a limited number of places in this workshop. So, make sure you register on time and please avoid canceling last minute.

Due to the limited number of spots, Archon members have priority. MA students can be put on a waiting list.