Paid PhD positions
In most countries, a doctoral candidate is considered a student who studies. But in the Netherlands, PhD candidates are traditionally researchers employed by a university to complete a dissertation or thesis. These job vacancies are posted online, and you will need to apply as if you would for any other job. Since these jobs allow you to complete your PhD degree while earning a salary and without paying tuition fees, they are highly competitive. Therefore, you should prepare your application carefully. Once you are hired, your research will be conducted on the topic specified in the vacancy and in conjunction with a faculty, research institute or research school. Most candidates complete their PhD within four years.
Many graduates find PhD positions through:
- Academic Transfer website
- research-intensive master’s programmes
- contacting individual faculties directly
Please note that you must either be eligible for employment in the Netherlands or obtain a knowledge worker visa to qualify for a paid PhD position. To learn more about Dutch research and higher education, you can read a Beginner's Guide to Dutch Academia.
In the support section, you can find out more about practical matters, such as:
- visas & work permits
- professional development
- living in Maastricht
Working climate according to our PhDs
Maastricht University is a young and dynamic university, and we pride ourselves on our teamwork and collegiality. As a PhD candidate, you will be treated as a colleague, not a student. You will be an integral member of our vibrant academic community.
Check out the video to hear what our PhDs say about working at Maastricht University.
Overview of PhD vacancies
Below is an overview of some of the PhD vacancies on the Academic Transfer website. Please note that this may not be a full list of the available vacancies. Also, vacancies for English-speaking candidates are sometimes placed on the Dutch section of Academic Transfer, so it is best to check the listings in both languages.
Wil jij als promovendus aan de slag met het onderwerp praktijkvariatie in de wijkverpleging - Dan zoeken we jou!31 July 2020
Het onderzoek bestaat uit drie delen/werkpakketten. In onderzoek 1 gaan we in op de definiëring van praktijkvariatie. Onderzoek 2 richt zich op de aard en omvang van de praktijkvariatie. Vervolgens wordt in onderzoek 3 gekeken naar passende interventies om te komen tot reductie van de …
17 July 2020
Op verschillende plekken in Nederland worden innovatieve concepten ontwikkeld als alternatief voor het reguliere verpleeghuis om beter tegemoet te komen aan de wensen en behoeften van ouderen met een intensieve zorgvraag en hun naasten. Radicale veranderingen zijn doorgevoerd in de zorgomgeving …
4 year PhD position in the project “LIMES – the hardening and softening of borders”. Coal at the cross roads: the rise and fall of an industry in the 19th and 20th century”22 June 2020
In cooperation with the Centre for the Social History of Limburg (SHCL) and the Centre for the Regional History of Limburg (RHCL), the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a PhD position in transnational mining history. The project is broadly conceived, and is …
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