Personal development


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Courses and education

In the agenda below you will find an overview of interesting events, courses and workshops which we have selected for you. 

Graduate School of Life Sciences

The Graduate School of Life Sciences provides courses on general and academic skills within their PhD Course Centre. Although the name suggests these courses are for PhD candidates only, courses are also open for postdocs. Check out the PhD Course Centre website for more information.

Supervision of PhD candidates

The School offers a specialization course about the supervision of PhD candidates. Are you a postdoc and willing to expand your skills set regarding supervision? Please have a look at the agenda below to find the first upcoming course. No course available? Send an e-mail to pcc [at]

Utrecht University

For all employees of Utrecht University the HR department developed the Development Guide (intranet). This guide provides an overview of all initiatives at the university.

National Postdoc Prize

The National Postdoc Prize was established in 2017 by The Young Academy and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) as an incentive for postdoc researchers and assistant professors who conduct excellent scientific research that could have a major impact on society.

Nomination rounds will be held annually, with nominations being accepted on an alternating basis in the social sciences/humanities in one year and in science/medicine in the next year. In 2019, the prize will be awarded to a postdoc in science/medicine.

The National Postdoc Prize consists of a monetary award of EUR 10,000 and a certificate. Laureates may spend this amount at their discretion on their own research or on research conducted under their supervision.


Alternating between

  • science and medicine (2019)
  • social sciences and humanities (2020)

Who is it for?

The National Postdoc Prize is intended for postdoc researchers and assistant professors at a Dutch university or Dutch research institute who have received their PhD no more than five years previously. University assistant professors may also compete in some cases.

More information about the National Postdoc Prize.

Join courses and events for your personal development!

Courses and events

E.g., 12/09/2019
Monday 9 December 2019 10:00 to 12:00
This workshop will introduce you to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how it applies to research data.
Monday 9 December 2019 15:00 to 17:00
Do you want to enhance your R skills, meet other R programmers or ask questions related to R? Take your laptop with you and come to the R Cafe!
Thursday 12 December 2019 16:30 to 18:00
At this meeting you can explore the opportunities UtrechtInc have to offer to you to bring your ideas to the market!
Thursday 19 December 2019 09:00 to 17:00
Ensuring your research is reproducible can be a difficult task. Let us help you!
16 - 7
Jan May
Thursday 16 January 2020 12:30 to Thursday 7 May 2020 16:30
This course aims to expand the repertoire of PhD supervisors, enabling them to offer supervision more efficiently and effectively.