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Institute for Philosophy


The PhD programme of the Institute for Philosophy is embedded in the Graduate School of Humanities. The Institute for Philosophy is an active research unit with a strong international reputation. It provides a stimulating environment for post-graduate research in the field of philosophy.

PhD Degree

The PhD Degree is the highest degree awarded in the Netherlands. PhD candidates carry out a programme of independent research and additional course work, culminating in production of a PhD thesis within four years.

Philosophy PhD Programme

The Philosophy PhD programme is divided into two groups, which correspond with the two research clusters of the Institute for Philosophy. For more information about supervisors and subject matters, see our research clusters:

PhD Council

Tasks and Objectives

The PhD Council is the body elected from the Institute for Philosophy's PhD student community in order to represent the general interests of all of the institute's PhD candidates. The Council keeps itself informed of the PhD candidates' concerns and any relevant matters within the institute, Leiden University and the academic world in general. The PhD Council advises the institute's Academic Director, on its own initiative as well as at the institute's request, on all matters relating to the teaching and supervision of its PhD candidates.

The Council's second objective is to increase and maintain the social cohesion and collaboration within the institute's PhD student community. To this end, the Council organises activities that promote the exchange of knowledge, skills, experiences and ideas among the PhD candidates and between the PhD candidates and the Institute for Philosophy.


The Council consists of five members and has a term of office of two years. The elected members of the PhD Council are appointed by the Academic Director of the Institute for Philosophy and then choose a chair and secretary from their midst. 

The current Council (installed in April 2018) consists of the following PhD candidates: 

Martine Berenpas (chair)
Liu Hao
Imke Maessen (secretary)
Que Yuye
Maria Zisimopoulou

Meetings and Research Seminars

The members of the Council meet at least twice a year - or more frequently in case of urgencies. 

In addition, the PhD Council organises a number of research seminars every year, which all the institute's PhD candidates are invited to attend.

Monthly meetings:

April 26, 2018

 email address: phdcouncil@phil.leidenuniv.nl

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