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Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

A warm welcome to the Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Leiden University.

In an era marked by polarization, post-truth narratives, cultural conflicts, and multifaceted crises ranging from climate change to information overabundance and migration challenges, our Graduate School is committed to nurturing a vibrant community of scholars. We dedicate ourselves to facilitating PhD research that not only stands at the forefront of academic excellence on a global scale but also directly engages with the pressing issues of our time.

Annually, we welcome a diverse group of exceptionally talented researchers from both the Netherlands and abroad, offering them a unique platform to advance their studies within our esteemed research programs. Our mission is to cultivate a generation of scholars who are not only at the cutting edge of social and behavioural sciences but are also visionary educators and leaders equipped to navigate and help shape the future.

Our research endeavours are deeply intertwined with societal needs, aiming to contribute tangible solutions towards a world that is safer, healthier, more sustainable, prosperous, and equitable. We hold in high regard the scientific and societal relevance of the work conducted by our PhD candidates and provide a safe homebase and unwavering support to help them achieve their aspirations.

It is our sincere hope that every PhD candidate within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences feels empowered and valued by the Graduate School, thriving in the dynamic and collabrative and synergistic atmosphere we foster.

Prof. Bart Barendregt,
Dean, Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences,
Leiden University

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