PhD at VU Amsterdam

Every year, over 300 PhD candidates complete their research at VU Amsterdam, thereby making an important contribution to academic research. This process normally takes four years or more.

Why your PhD at VU Amsterdam?


  • A unique university
    Our students and staff look further: beyond the boundaries of their own field, culture, traditions and philosophy to become critical and socially engaged academics.

  • Lively Amsterdam
    We are located in lively and multicultural Amsterdam, the city with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language.

  • High quality
    VU Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university, ranked among the world's best.

  • Services from our international office
    Our International Office assists you with excellent services such as housing, visa and residence permits. We also organize social and career activities for you to attend.

  • Campus
    Almost all of our students, staff and programmes are located on campus: a single building complex in the business district of Amsterdam.

  • Individual supervision and courses
    VU Amsterdam provides PhD candidates with individual supervision and courses, such as:

    • success in achieving your doctorate and personal effectiveness
    • writing research proposals
    • coaching
    • careers supervision

How to obtain a PhD position

VU Amsterdam invests in talent. After all, excellent research and education depend on the quality of its staff. Check the academic vacancies to see what PhD places are available for you. Another possibility is to obtain for a fellowship, grant or scholarship by a supporting body.