Selection and enrolment

To get admission to the PhD programme, candidates must have a (Dutch) master or equivalent degree, as described in UU Doctoral Degree Regulations. Please consult the UU Admissions Office for advice on the equivalence of the diploma. If a prospective candidate does not possess a (Dutch) master or equivalent degree, you need to follow a different procedure. Check the diploma (and, if needed, follow the exception procedure) before committing to the candidate, e.g., sending a scholarship acceptance or invitation letter, or offering an employment contract. This is the responsibility of you and your department.

Many PhD candidates in the Netherlands are standard PhD candidates (university employees with appointments as PhD candidates). Interested parties may apply for advertised positions as PhD candidate. In the selection procedure, the quality of the applicant is of primary importance. Further information on the criteria and the selection procedure are described in the Quality assurance plan for PhD research, training and supervision of the GSG, section 3.1.1. This document also describes the selection of non-standard candidates, such as scholarship candidates.

Please note that Geosciences only receives scholarship candidates with a scholarship of at least the amount of the net minimum wage. This applies to new PhD candidates with a scholarship for (at least) four years who reside in the Netherlands during the term of the scholarship (excluding short stays such as holidays elsewhere) and conduct research at the Faculty of Geosciences with the intention of obtaining a PhD at this faculty. The financial condition applies to people received by the faculty from 15 April 2023 onwards (date of acceptance letter or, in the absence of such a letter, actual receipt). The applied thresholds are as follows:

15 April 2023 – 30 June 2023


1 July 2023 until further notice