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Mentoring programmes and training courses

Mentoring programmes, talent programmes and training are an important part of the University of Amsterdam's ambitions to create a diverse and inclusive community. They help with accessibility and study success for all students and with the recruitment, selection, appointment, promotion and retention of employees from diverse backgrounds.

Mentoring and talent programmes

The UvA offers mentor- and talent programmes for students and employees in all phases of their degree programme or working career

  • Prospective students

    Get Ready! Summer school

    Through the CDO team, the UvA offers the three-day summer programme Get Ready!, especially for students who are the first in their families to study (also known as first-generation students). This will help them feel at home at the UvA and start off well prepared.

    Read more about Get Ready Summer school (in Dutch)

  • Current students

    Homework Hub

    Through the CDO initiative Homework Hub, bachelor’s and master’s students can do an internship at one of the community organisations the UvA has partnered with or participate in projects that combat inequal opportunities.

    Read more about the Homework Hub

  • Employees

    Mentoring programme for employees

    In this mentoring programme for talented employees mentees with an academic function (all functions except professor) or support and management staff in scale 9 up to and including 12 can sign up to discuss career choices and other things with experienced mentors.

    Read more about the mentoring programme for employees

    Talent programme for postdoctoral researchers from under-represented groups

    This multi-year programme takes a maximum of six years and focuses on helping postdoctoral researchers from underrepresented groups with the development and progression to a permanent position as assistant professor or associate professor.

    Read more about this talent programme


Diversity and inclusion courses

In addition to mentoring and talent programmes for specific groups within the university, the UvA also offers diversity training courses. For students and employees who want to learn more about personal safety and security, the Central Diversity Officer team offers free workshops at each faculty in collaboration with Our Bodies Our Voice.

Read more about the various workshops

To support faculties and services in their efforts to achieve greater diversity and inclusion, there is an overview of diversity training courses and executive search agencies. Are you a UvA employee and would you like to receive this overview? Please email Erik van Zetten at the HR policy and strategy department via

An inclusive university

Diversity and inclusion are an important part of the UvA leadership programmes, as well as the following programmes:

  • Basic course on didactics for novice lecturers
  • Universal Teaching Qualification (UTQ)
  • In-depth courses: TLC open course offer
  • Education Leadership Course (LOL: Leergang Onderwijskundig Leiderschap)

The programmes address the creation of a socially safe and inclusive environment. The theme of 'dealing with power' is also discussed and reflected on in relation to each participant's personal background when discussing current educational themes. This professionalisation offer is supplemented at the faculty level by peer feedback, training, workshops and knowledge-sharing sessions, focusing on topics including diversity and social safety.