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Welcome to our PhD programme


The PhD programme at our university has an excellent track record in education in astronomy. Our former PhD students succeed very well on the international job market, including the most prestigious fellowships worldwide. The Radboud University provides a rich international setting where English is the common working language. Our faculty as well as our students have international backgrounds. Our PhD program runs for 4 years and PhD students are always hired as paid research assistants. Thus, PhD students are paid according to the Dutch collective labor agreement for universities, which means that they earn competitive salaries and are eligible for both social security and retirement benefits.


There is no fixed deadline to apply for a PhD position at the Radboud University. All openings will be published as a normal job opening either here or at the AAS job register.


The four-year PhD programme consists mostly of research under the supervision of the advisor(s). It is part of the PhD programme of the NOVA research school. The course work consists of the annual NOVA fall school (1 week), and attendance of summer/winter schools. PhD students are also expected to participate actively in national and international scientific meetings, by giving posters and talks. This includes the national NOVA network meetings. They are required to spend a small fraction of their time on outreach and as teaching assistants in courses taught by permanent staff. At the end of the four-year period, the student submits a PhD thesis, which is ceremoniously defended. The thesis itself is usually a collection of refereed papers (to be) published in leading journals, with an introduction and a scientific summary added.


For all PhD positions a Masters degree (or equivalent) is required, usually a Masters degree in astronomy or a related field.

PhD Awards of previous years

Here you can find a list of the previous PhD graduates of our department.

For further questions contact a member of staff relevant to your research field.