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PhD Graduate School of Archaeology

About

The Leiden University Graduate School of Archaeology (GSA) coordinates the admission and registration procedures of all PhD researchers with a PhD graduation planned at the Faculty of Archaeology. The GSA monitors the full PhD track, from admission to graduation, supports (financially) both PhD ‘bottom up’ workshops and social events that strengthen the PhD community, and helps PhD students with practicalities.

Monitoring

By means of Annual Interviews, the GSA monitors – per individual PhD project- both the  quality of PhD supervision and research progress of our internal, resident PhD candidates. Together with the Faculty departments and research groups, the GSA provides the organizational infrastructure within which PhD researchers have the opportunity to participate in advanced training and academic dialogue.

Facts and figures

At present (September 2019) the GSA is home to over 90 internal and external PhD researchers; of these circa 35 are employed, contract and self-funded PhD students, and circa 60 are externals. All internal (‘resident’) PhD students are fully integrated in activities of their research group and the Faculty as a whole.

The Faculty research community is international: over 50% of our PhD researchers come from abroad and the same applies to the academic staff and the post-doctorate fellows. English is the language of all academic meetings and daily conversations in the research groups as well as in PhD courses and colloquia. 

Together with the Graduate School of Archaeology, the Faculty and Leiden University provide the PhD students an academic environment with a PhD curriculum and social activities.

Organisation

The GSA operates under the supervision of the Faculty Board. The Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology, Prof. dr Jan Kolen, is ex officio Dean of the Graduate School. The Faculty Director of Research, dr Bleda Düring, is responsible for the Faculty research policy and strategy. The Faculty Board is advised and supported by the Graduate School Director, prof. dr Marie Soressi, and Graduate School Coordinator dr Roswitha Manning. Administrative support by Maayke de Vries.

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