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Application and admission

At the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) we have two types of PhD students: internal and external. Internal PhD students are paid employees of the VU and enter into an employment contract with the VU.  External PhD students do their PhD at VU with foreign funding or a scholarship, or are self-funded professionals or students.

APPLICATION & ADMISSION

Internal PhD candidates are paid employees of the VU and they can apply through our PhD vacancies.
The application procedure is followed by the PhD registration in Hora Finita. More info on Hora Finita here.

External PhD candidates External PhD candidates can apply for a PhD trajectory that they fund through external means. This is usually done by contacting a faculty, Graduate School or Research Institute directly. Within the Research Portal it is possible to search for a suitable supervisor for a PhD trajectory.
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 the form Apply for a PhD.

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.

FIND A SUPERVISOR

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.

TUITION FEES

At VU Amsterdam PhD candidates pay tuition fees on a yearly basis. The fees are paid directly to the faculty or graduate school. Each faculty/graduate school defines their own tuition fees based on the training provision, supervision time and access to facilities, space and internet. However, faculties offer exemptions and tuition fee waivers under certain conditions. You can inquire in more detail about this once you have received an offer letter confirming that your application has been successful.