Prout is the PhD Network of Utrecht University, run by a group of enthusiastic voluntary PhD representatives from all graduate schools of the university, including the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

We are an official organization whose main aim is to represent the interests of PhD candidates and to influence decision-making concerning PhDs University-wide. Through our representatives, we maintain strong connections with each graduate school and PhD council, as well as external organizations such as PNN (the PhD candidates Network of the Netherlands) and labor unions.

We also organize various events throughout the year aimed to be fun, informative, or a combination of both. Our yearly events include such things as evenings where you can receive free and professional tax advice, meet and compare different companies offering thesis-printing services, attend communication workshops, or simply enjoy drinks with your fellow PhDs.

Are you interested in staying up to date on these activities and other things? Visit our website and sign up for our free newsletter (, or follow us on Facebook ( Would you like to join or share something with us? Mail your representative (