About PhD trajectories at the GSH

Radboud University strives to be an international leader in all areas of its research. As a PhD candidate, you will make a major contribution to this ambition. Radboud University employs more than 150 PhD candidates each year. These PhD candidates are therefore members of Radboud University staff. They carry out their research at one of the university's research institutes.

A PhD track ultimately results in a thesis and a public defence. If the defence is successful, the chair of the Doctoral Examination Board will ceremoniously grant the PhD candidate the doctoral degree.

General information about the PhD track at Radboud University and related affairs can be found here.

The GSH membership

Both internal and external PhD candidates of the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies are expected to become members of the Graduate School for the Humanities (GSH). Internal PhD candidates are automatically registered with the GSH once their employment contract is processed by the HR department. External PhD candidates are registered once they completed the relevant application procedure.

Being a member of the GSH gives PhD candidates a number of basic rights:

  • They receive a staff number (u-number) and a staff pass that grant them access to facilities such as the university library and databases;
  • They can participate in the research activities and workshops by the Faculty of Arts and the faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, as well as those organised by PhD candidate bodies such as the PhD Council;
  • They can make use of research facilities;
  • They can follow the university’s courses for PhD candidates free of charge, and also register for PhD-level courses organised by the Dutch National Research Schools that the GSH is affiliated with (fees vary on a case-by-case basis);
  • They can present themselves as GSH PhD candidates at conferences and in publications.

GSH Valorisation and Video Grants

Yearly, the GSH offers PhD candidates the opportunity to get a valorisation grant and a video grant. It is becoming increasingly important that PhD candidates demonstrate the societal relevance of their projects. In order to stimulate this process, the GSH awards a valorisation grant. The video grant gives PhD candidates a chance to visualize their project and make their research more visible to the outside world. More information about these grants can be found on the GSH intranet pages. To view all previous GSH Valorisation Grant winners, click here. To view all previous GSH Video Grant winners, click here.

GSH Award

The GSH rewards PhD candidates who finish in time with a GSH Award and a contribution in their ceremonial festivities up to €500. The internal PhD candidate is eligible for the PhD award in case:

  • The supervisors approve the manuscript (possibly with minor revisions).
  • The doctoral thesis committee approves the manuscript unconditionally (which will probably be some time after the end of contract).

After the GSH coordinator is informed on the approved manuscript and date of defence, the award will be granted to the PhD candidate. To view all previous GSH Awardees, click here.

GSH Regulations

General information about PhD positions at the Radboud University Nijmegen can be found on the university-wide website for (prospective) PhD students. In addition, a number of extra regulations apply to GSH PhD students. More information about these regulations can be found on RadboudNet. Topics concern:

  • Regulations of the Graduate School for the Humanities
  • Declaration form printing costs dissertations
  • GSH Guide