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PhD Graduate School of Archaeology


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.


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 (February 2021) the GSA is home to circa 100 internal and external PhD researchers; of these circa 40 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.


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. Member of the Faculty Board Amanda Henry is the Graduate School Director.

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