Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
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PhD Programme

Within the Donders Graduate School we offer a broad range of facilities to our PhD candidates.

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Support and Supervision

Our mission is to guide our graduates to become skilled academics who are equipped for a wide range of professions. In order to achieve this we do our utmost to ensure that our PhD candidates receive support and supervision of the highest quality.

A tailor-made training programme

The Donders Graduate School provides a tailor-made training programme at the highest international level. The first step is to set up a Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) with the aim of developing both research and personal skills.

Monitoring programme

We provide an online checkpoint system, Hora Finita, which ensures you and your supervision team to reflect upon the progress in your PhD project. On a regular basis checkpoint meetings are scheduled to update the TSP throughout your PhD project.

Mentoring programme

All PhD candidates within the Donders Graduate School are assigned to a confidant at the beginning of their PhD project. The main role of this confidant is to act as a first line of support for the PhD candidate. Next to the confidants we also offer peer coaching for all of our employees.

Support with career development

The Donders Graduate School considers it of great importance to ensure that our PhD candidates are equipped for a wide range of professions. To help our PhD candidates with this we offer support in the last phase of their PhD project. We also organise a bi-annual career event.

The Graduate School Certificate

After fulfilling to all the requirements of the Graduate School all PhD candidates are advised to apply for the Graduate School Certificate. This certificate shows all credits for the training the PhD candidate successfully obtained.

Social activities

Our PhD council also organises social activities for our PhD candidates. Every year they organise a summer and a winter event.

Mobility grants

The Donders Institute has established agreements for extended collaboration with our preferred institutional partners. More information for mobility exchange possibilities can be obtained by contacting the Graduate School coordinator for the PhD phase. Read more about our most recent calls with Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN), Australia and Brain and Mind Institute (BMI), Western University, Canada.

Annual PhD conference

The Donders Discussions is an international neuroscience conference for PhD candidates organised by PhD candidates.

Interaction with guest scientists

The Donders Institute organises a series of Donders Lectures every year. A Donders Lecture is given by a famous international researcher. Before every lecture, PhD candidates will have the opportunity to have lunch with the lecturer.