PhD & Postdoc Organizations


ProVUmc is a committee that represents Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc PhD candidates. ProVUmc aims to improve PhD education, regulation and communication within Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc. This includes updating and improving the Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc information for PhD candidates online, advising on the adjusted Vrije Universiteit doctorate regulations (promotiereglement) and improving the information on available courses offered at the different research institutes of Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc. Furthermore, ProVUmc also represents Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc PhD candidates in the national PhD network: Promovendi Netwerk Nederland (PNN). In addition, ProVUmc organizes informative and social events like our annual New-Years drinks and Science Night.

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The committee consists of PhD representatives from all Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc research institutes, PhD representatives from the education and research committee (O&O) of the Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc work council (OR) and the Amsterdam AMC, location VUmc PhD representative of ProVU. PhD related issues are discussed in a two monthly meeting. Issues that are important for all Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc PhD candidates are then discussed with the dean of Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc.

ProVUmc is dependent on your input, so please do not hesitate to contact one of the members if you're signaling any PhD related problems or contact ProVUmc:

PhD representatives from research institutes:

ACS - Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences

AG&M - Amsterdam Gastroenterology & Metabolism

AI&II - Amsterdam Infection & Immunity Institute

AMS - Amsterdam Movement Sciences

Amsterdam Neuroscience - ONWAR

  • Ferdy Cayami

APH - Amsterdam Public Health

AR&D - Amsterdam Reproduction & Development

CCA - Cancer Center Amsterdam

O&O OR / PNN - Education and Research Committee of the VUmc's Work Council / Promovendi Netwerk Nederland


ProVU is an organization set up to protect the interests of PhD candidates and post-docs employed by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and VU University medical center. ProVU also provides practical tips and information for PhD candidates on everything from courses and printing your thesis to career advice and social activities. ProVU is staffed by volunteers from the PhD candidates and post-doc community.

PhD Association of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The PhD Association of  Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam invites all of the PhD candidates to actively participate.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is very diverse. Faculties are worlds in themselves, but it is very easy to find unity among PhD candidates. 
With the support of the International Office (Reyka Lycklama a Nijeholt and Sandra Hasanefendic), candidates from several faculties have joined efforts to build a PhD association. 
This innovative body has the goal of actively engaging all PhD candidates at our university and developing activities by and for the PhD candidates.  
These activities are almost always organized in the Global Room (Main Building 1A-36).

  1. Under the coordination of Sauvik das Gupta and Juliana Rodrigues de Senna, the initiative was launched to work as a hub among candidates to discuss common issues, which were divided in four different areas: Doctor's Appointments (meetings with a stakeholder on an issue or problem for PhD education including e.g. visa, accommodation, clarification on the requirements for the doctoral defense). Coordinators: Angelo Romasanta and Marije Blok.
  2. PhDiscuss (discussions on topics related to doing a PhD, e.g. stress and anxiety, explaining your research under 90 seconds, promoting your research, alumni events, career events). Coordinators: Yagmur Amanvermez and Sahand Ziabari.
  3. PhDrinks (social events making sure PhDs integrate and socialize, e.g. language cafes, pub quizzes). Coordinators: Francis Ostermeijer, Bouke Klein Tesselink and Ikenna Ebuenyi.
  4. PhD Family (promoting activities with families such as outdoor activities, city tours, fun crafts, artistic workshops, visits to the petting zoos). Coordinators: Milan Jelisavcic and Wenhui Ding

You can see all the upcoming activities in the online calendar. 
All PhD candidates are particularly encouraged to sign up for the MeetUp platform and find the group VU International Staff.

Please also visit the facebook group VU PHD Gatherings. All activities, events and news are posted in the facebook group regularly.
If you would like to coordinate one of the activities please send an email to and Sauvik or Juliana will be happy to help. 


ProPhD is an organization set up in 2010 to represent the interests of all PhD candidates at VUmc CCA and discusses issues relating to education, programme management and communication with the VU University medical center CCA Board. 
ProPhD is made up of PhD candidates and can be contacted by email via:


The PhD Network Netherlands (PNN) is the national organization for and by PhD candidates affiliated with one of the 14 Dutch universities, or one of the eight University Medical Centers, or one of the five so-called research institutions.

Career prospects 

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam site: Career prospects


Postdoc Career Development Initiative