About Prout

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

We are an official organization (vereniging) whose main aim is to represent the interests of PhD candidates to the university and to influence decision-making concerning PhDs. This involves regular meetings with representatives from university governing bodies, PhD councils at graduate school and faculty level, and the university council. We also maintain connections with external organizations such as PNN (the PhD candidates Network of the Netherlands) and labour unions.

We keep PhD candidates informed about their position as a University employee, career development opportunities, and all other practical matters.

In addition, we organize activities for all PhDs in Utrecht, including lectures, workshops, information markets, and drinks. These events provide a way for PhDs from different institutes within the university to meet each other.

Prout consists of three board members and at least one representative of each Graduate School. The current board members are Deborah Nidel, Rianna Anwar Sani, and Melissa Leung. You can contact the board by sending an email to info@prout.nl.

Graduate School Represenatatives

Graduate SchoolRepresentative name
GeosciencesMartha Kosters, Bayan Khojah
HumanitiesJip Lensink, Auxi Castillo Soto
Law, Economics and GovernanceDeborah Nidel
Life SciencesLinge Li, Lonneke Nouwen, Hao Zhang, Rianna Anwar Sani, Melissa Leung
Natural SciencesValérian Jacques-Dumas, Romy Riemersma
PharmacyJan-Willem Langenbach, Tomas Lasys
Social and Behavioural ScienceChenhao Zhou, Peiyao Zhang
UMC UtrechtBrittney van der Woude