PhACE = PhD Activating Career Event

Many PhD candidates start their research thinking to continue with a career in academia, whereas only relatively few PhD candidates end up in long-term academic careers.
PhACE aims to help PhD candidates at the end of their doctorate to think about their future career.

Exploring your career options

During this 2-day event PhD candidates can ex­plore different career options the Dutch labour market has to offer. Do you want to stay in academia or not? What are the alternative possibilities and how do your skills and competences fit in these new career choices?

Upcoming PhACE event

The upcoming PhACE will be organized on Monday 6 March & Tuesday 7 March 2023. More information: 


    The PhACE registration usually opens 5 or 6 weeks before the event. For the upcoming edition, registration opens on Wednesday February 1st, 2023.   


    During the event professionals that successfully completed their PhD and now work in different career fields talk about their careers during 4 discussion sessions. They share their experiences and talk about the skills needed to transfer to areas outside academia. Beside the discussions with these professionals, 4 workshop sessions are offered. The goal of the workshops is to help you explore and improve your personal strengths and skills.

    Target group

    PhACE is organized for PhD candidates at Utrecht University and UMCU in the penultimate (usually third) year of their PhD. 
    The event is mainly aimed at PhD candidates who had no or little work experience before they started their trajectory. 

    Other PhACE events

    In 2023, two more PhACE edition will be organized (dates are subject to change):

    • Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 June 2023
    • Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 November 2023