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Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

How to find a supervisor

This procedure is relevant for contract and external PhD candidates only.

Step one

As a prospective PhD candidate you have to find a supervisor, unless you have been offered a paid position at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. Finding the right supervisor is a key element in the process of obtaining a doctorate. Within the Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences you can conduct research in a wide range of subjects across the social and behavioural sciences, with five distinct PhD research areas offered by the Faculty's institutes.

Prospective supervisors can be found by searching the research areas of academic staff members on each Institute’s website:

Step two

Prospective PhD candidates should send an e-mail including their C.V. and research proposal to the staff member they would like to be their supervisor.

Composition of the supervision team

As a rule, a PhD supervision team consists of two or three supervisors. Supervision can involve scholars from different institutes, faculties, and universities. For additional information, please check the PhD guide Social and Behavioural Sciences.


More information on the ASCL and the ICLON can be found on the websites of these institutes.

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