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Internal PhD candidates


Internal PhD candidates are recruited and appointed when funding becomes available for a research project on a specific topic (often proposed and developed by the PhD supervisor(s)). Thus, the admission requirements specific to that PhD project are posted as part of the PhD vacancy, on the university website, as well as on www.academictransfer.com (the Dutch portal for academic vacancies).

If a vacancy for a PhD position is available, applying to become an internal PhD candidate follows the typical application procedure for vacancies at Radboud University. The steps to follow are addressed in the text of the vacancy posted on the faculty website and on the Academic Transfer website.

Financial matters

The projects of internal PhD candidates are already funded. This means that internal PhD candidates will receive a salary for the period that they are appointed to carry out their research. In most cases, it also means that internal PhD candidates will be allocated a personal research budget, which they can use to attend international conferences, participate in courses and/or summer schools, purchase data, conduct fieldwork, etc.

Apart from this personal research budget, internal PhD candidates can also make use of the international mobility options outlined by Radboud University’s International Office.