Several steps are involved in the application and admissions procedure for Employee PhD candidates.
Vacancies for employee PhD candidate positions are published in the first week of February and, exceptionally, at other times of the year. Current vacancies, if any, are listed below. The selection requirements are listed alongside the vacancy, and may differ from position to position.
A selections committee reviews all applications. A positive recommendation by the selections committee results in provisional admission to the PhD Programme in Law.
Provisional admission only becomes definitive once you have been admitted by the UvA Doctorate Board (College voor Promoties, or CVP). This is essentially an administrative procedure. To be admitted, you must submit a request for admission. If you are not in possession of a Netherlands Master’s degree (or an old-style initial university degree), you will need to request an exemption from that programme requirement before submitting a request for admission.
This procedure only needs to be followed if you are not in possession of a Netherlands Master’s degree (or an old-style initial university degree). Incidentally, it makes no difference whether this is a law or a non-law degree.
The first step involves performing a “quick scan” for which the PhD Secretariat needs the following documents.
A favourable recommendation following the “quick scan” results in an immediate decision to grant exemption, provided that certified copies of the aforementioned diplomas and lists of marks have been submitted. This assessment can take 2 to 4 weeks. If non-certified copies have been submitted, the secretariat of the Doctorate Board will once again invite you to provide certified copies, or make an appointment so that you can present the originals. You may submit your request for admission once you have been notified of a decision to grant exemption.
For provisional admission to become definitive, you will need to submit a request for admission to the CVP. The following documents must be provided to the PhD Secretariat:
The PhD Secretariat procures the signature of the Dean and then forwards your application to the Doctorate Board. An admissions decision is taken within 2 to 4 weeks, which, if favourable, results in your provisional admission becoming definitive.