NUTRIM Education

NUTRIM PhD Programme

The aims of NUTRIM’s PhD programme are to cultivate research capabilities & broad understanding of human nutrition and metabolism to provide PhD students with specific knowledge and skills needed for top-level research and to stimulate interdisciplinary training. The PhD training programme results in well-trained graduates who have developed an integrated view on most advanced and state-of-the-art topics in the research domain of NUTRIM and have developed skills needed for top-level research in a multidisciplinary and international oriented environment. The PhD programme will be completed after successfully defending the dissertation.


Types of PhD Students

  • A PhD Student position as an employee at MUMC+, with a paid salary
  • PhD being a trainee
  • PhD student financed by a scholarship or grant
  • PhD Student employed by an external partner in research or business, doing research at Maastricht University
  • PhD Student working and living abroad in his / her home country, with distance supervision by NUTRIM staff

Courses, workshops, and trainings

NUTRIM's dynamic PhD programme is composed of courses, trainings and workshops offered by Maastricht University, FHML, and NUTRIM.

Master classes

NUTRIM provides great opportunities for academic growth, professional interactivity and networking by having visiting Professors give master classes for PhD Students and young Postdocs. During these Master classes, around 6 participants present their ongoing research followed by discussion and feedback from the expert. Apart from the PhD Students doing the presentations, other PhD Students are also welcome to attend.

Capita Selecta 

All 1st and 2nd year PhD Students are encouraged to participate in the NUTRIM Capita Selecta, cutting-edge lectures wherein leading institutional scientists discuss their expertise. Capita Selecta are organised biannually offering approx. 18 lectures per year. Each lecture takes 45 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of discussion. Schedule part February - July 2018.
No registration required.

NUTRIM Lecture Series

NUTRIM organizes five lectures annually to enhance the scientific standard of nutrition, metabolism and toxicology and to stimulate international exchange in these fields. These lectures feature an international expert in the field and cover all main research areas of NUTRIM.  All members of NUTRIM, external researchers from the EU region, and representatives of food and pharma industry are welcome.

NUTRIM Graduate Programme

4 Graduate Programme PhD Students
4 Graduate Programme PhD Students

In 2012 the research school NUTRIM successfully obtained a prestigious grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the graduate programme “Metabolism and chronic disease”. With this grant four very talented students were appointed in 2013, and through the next years the programme was continued and more PhD Students were appointed.

In contrast to the regular PhD trajectory the applicants for the graduate programme are offered the opportunity to propose their own topic, research proposal and supervisors, optimally using the available infrastructure and expertise within NUTRIM and our international research network. Obviously the project has to fit within the “Metabolism and chronic disease” framework.

More information regarding the Nutrim NWO graduate programme, its laureates, events and the annual calls. The call for 2017 is now open. Information and application.

See below the links to an interview with the first four PhD Students and with NUTRIM's Graduate Programme Committee Members as it was published in NUTRIM's Annual Report 2014.

  Interviews with PhD Students

  Interviews with the Committee members

PhD Students Council

The aim of the PhD Students Council is to inform NUTRIM PhD students about issues that are discussed at institute level and to take care of PhD issues, like supervision and courses, which will be brought to the institute council’s attention. This is accomplished by staying in contact with the institute council, the Interfaculty PhD Committee, the national PhD council, the general PhD society Provum, and of course all the PhD students that are affiliated with NUTRIM. The NUTRIM PhD Council has an advisory role towards the institute council. The PhD Students Coordinator and the council chair attend the Institute Council meetings. Additionally, the PhD Students Council organizes several events including the PhD Days, a two-day introduction course for new PhD students and the NUTRIM café, held 4 times a year.

If you like to comment on issues or suggest new issues for discussion, feel free to contact one of the members of the PhD Students Council! The more you keep in touch, the better we can stand up for your interests. If you are interested in joining the NUTRIM PhD Students Council, please contact us by email. For our latest activities and news items check our Facebook page

Contact the NUTRIM PhD Council

PhD Students' Coordinator

The PhD Students' Coordinator monitors PhD Students' progress, approves and supervises Training & Supervision Plans, acts as an imparital ombudsman and trust person for PhD Students, provides an expert courses programme, represents PhD Students at School Council meetings, and represents NUTRIM at the Interfaculty PhD Students Committee (IPC).

Roger Godschalk
+31 43 388 11 04

Master's education

NUTRIM contributes education and research expertise to the following Master’s programmes: