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PhDoc represents the interests of PhDs and postdocs at Leiden University

10 reasons to support PhDoc

Vote for:

  1. A broad representation of the interests of PhD candidates, students and staff.
  2. A critical assessment of PhD policy, as well as the PhD regulations and guidelines.
  3. Attention for the specific challenges of international PhDs.
  4. Solid representative structures for PhDs and postdocs at the faculties.
  5. An improvement of the preparation and supervision for PhDs who are teaching courses.
  6. A vote for contract PhDs and external PhDs.
  7. An improvement of the career perspectives of PhDs and postdocs.
  8. A PhD counsellor who understands the problems and challenges that PhDs face.
  9. The opportunity for PhDs and postdocs to obtain the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO).
  10. An optimisation of the organisation of the Graduate Schools at Leiden University.

Looking back 2016-2018

From 2016-2018, PhDoc had two seats in the University Council, held by Charlotte de Roon (party leader 2016-2018), Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah (2016-2017), and Marishka Neekilappillai (2017-2018). PhDoc has been very active in the University Council during the past two years:

  • We have made a critical contribution to the working plan on PhD policy, in which a list of important points of action has been formulated on a wide range of PhD issues.
  • We have expressed our criticism of the new guidelines on the Ius Promovendi, the communication to PhDs, the career programme for PhDs and the general PhD guidelines.
  • We have actively tried to improve the situation of international PhD candidates, among other things through a series of activities that we organised together with LEO Leiden, with the financial support of the Van Bergen Fund.
  • We have composed a detailed statement on the improvement of the PhD representation at the faculty level.
  • We are participating in the steering group ‘Staff monitor 2018’, in which we also actively think along in the creation of the PhD monitor.
  • We have strengthened cooperation with other PhD representatives and the PhD association LEO Leiden.
  • We have not only actively and consequently represented the interests of PhDs and postdocs in policy making, but we have also defended the needs of students and staff.


PhDoc aims to keep its two seats in the University Council for the period of 2016-2018. At the top of our party list are Marishka Neekilappillai (no. 1) and Charlotte de Roon (no. 2). Questions? Do not hesitate to contact us, now or after the elections!              

Support PhDoc during the coming elections and vote for one of our candidates during election week: Monday 16 – Thursday 19 April 2018!

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