Support during your PhD

Every PhD experience is unique, yet you are not in this alone. Doing PhD research can, at times, be demanding and your mental health is of the utmost importance to us. Instances of success may alternate with a sense of failure. Being part of a community, in your research group and as a member of a PhD programme, helps alleviate this burden by sharing daily struggles with your fellow PhD candidates. If issues are more persistent or more structural, it is best to tackle them as soon as they arise. Waiting will only let them grow and make it more difficult to address. Early intervention may prevent escalation of the situation. Hence, if you think you need help, or would just like to talk to someone, we strongly encourage you to reach out.

At Utrecht University, we have multiple layers of support and supervision, depending on what you need. Below, you can see the types of support that are available to you when you encounter a problem. We described the types of problems for which you can consult these different layers of support. For support arranged by the institutes (e.g. confidential advisor), we added links to the relevant websites.

If you are unsure or do not see the type of support you are looking for, please contact your supervisory team or the confidential PhD advisor (see below for more information). We are here for you.