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Graduate School of Humanities

4 Year Trajectory Plan

Most employed and contract PhD candidates at the Faculty of Humanities follow a 4-year PhD track.

PhD Trajectory plan

The most significant events, activities and/or milestones per year are listed below. Note: No rights can be derived from this overview.

  • Start meeting & submission of the Education and Supervision Plan (OBP, approximately after 3 months);
  • Submitting the 8-month paper (i.e. text on which the first substantive evaluation is based);
  • Go/no go decision (Annual Thesis Progress Evaluation*);
  • Annual review meeting with one or two independent members of staff;
  • Start conducting research and writing of the dissertation;
  • Start taking training courses (both academic as well as generic skills) at one of the National Research Schools or your institute, and/or courses offered as part of the University Teaching Programme for PhDs.
  • Annual Thesis Progress Evaluation* and update of OBP;
  • Annual review meeting with one or two independent members of staff;
  • Conducting research and writing of the dissertation;
  • Taking courses (both academic as well as generic skills) at one of the National Research Schools or your institute and/or courses offered as part of the University Teaching Programme for PhDs.
  • Draft 1st chapter/article finished;
  • Draft 2nd chapter/article finished;
  • Draft 3rd chapter/article finished;
  • Taking courses (both academic as well as generic skills) at one of the National Research Schools or your institute and/or courses offered as part of the University Teaching Programme for PhDs;
  • Annual Thesis Progress Evaluation* and update of OBP;
  • Annual review meeting with one or two independent members of staff.
  • Draft 4th chapter/article finished;
  • Draft dissertation finished;
  • Annual Thesis Progress Evaluation* and update of OBP;
  • Annual review meeting with one or two independent members of staff;
  • Dissertation finished;
  • Organisation of the defence;
  • Exit meeting.

* Annual Thesis Progress Evaluation: for employed PhD candidates this is an annual Performance  & Development Interview (ROG). Comparable meetings are held annually with contract PhD candidates.

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