Universiteit Leiden

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Graduate School of Humanities


The Graduate School of Humanities operates under the supervision of the Faculty Board.


The Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Mark Rutgers, is ex officio Dean of the Graduate School. The Dean is supported by the Graduate School Office.


Six institutes of the Faculty of Humanities contribute to the Graduate School. Senior and junior members of the academic staff are appointed at one of these six institutes. The academic directors of the six institutes take care of, and are responsible for, the PhD programme in the field of their institute. The supervision of PhD candidates throughout their programme is in the hands of the supervisors and co-supervisors who work at the institutes.

Facts and Figures

The Faculty of Humanities is home to over 700 PhD candidates, of whom about 250 are employed and contract PhD candidates and 450 are external PhD candidates.

The Faculty of Humanities is located in Leiden’s historical city centre.

International environment

An appreciable number of PhD candidates come from abroad and the same applies to the academic staff and the post-doctorate fellows. English is the language of many academic meetings and daily conversations in the research groups as well as in a growing number of courses and colloquia. 

Academic environment

Together with the Graduate School of Humanities, the Institutes provide an academic environment with seminars, workshops, performances, and exhibitions as well as opportunities for dialogue, quiet study, and focused experimentation.

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