Press release: 75% of scholarship PhDs prefer to be employees

Scholarship PhDs would much more often prefer to obtain a doctorate as an employee PhD. This is evident from a report by the PhD Network Netherlands, in which 225 PhDs were asked about their experiences and preferences. No less than 74.4% of them indicated that they would prefer to obtain a PhD as an employee PhD . Only 8.8% would prefer to be a scholarship PhD. In many cases, scholarship PhDs are doing their PhD as scholarship PhDs because there were no other positions available or because they could not find a job as an employee PhD . Continue reading “Press release: 75% of scholarship PhDs prefer to be employees”

Press release: Scholarship PhDs do not experience more freedom in their research than employee PhDs

PhD candidates who write their dissertation as scholarship PhDs do not have more freedom in conducting their research than PhDs who are employees. This is a result from research conducted by the PhD Network Netherlands. They asked 1,601 PhD candidates about their working conditions and experiences in the PNN PhD survey. Continue reading “Press release: Scholarship PhDs do not experience more freedom in their research than employee PhDs”

Press release: Number of dubious PhD contracts at universities even higher than previously assumed

16.7% of employee PhD candidates at Dutch universities have a dubious contract: a contract short than (the equivalent of) four years fulltime. This is one of the findings of a report by the PhD candidates Network Nederland (PNN) on the contract characteristics of PhD candidates in the Netherlands. This report was written on the basis of the results of the PNN PhD Survey, which was completed by 1,601 PhD candidates in the Netherlands. Continue reading “Press release: Number of dubious PhD contracts at universities even higher than previously assumed”

Press release: Nearly half of PhDs have increased risk of mental problems, 40% have considered quitting

47% of PhDs in the Netherlands have an increased risk of mental health problems. This is shown by the PhD Survey of the PhD Network Netherlands (PNN), in which 1,601 PhD candidates in the Netherlands participated. Especially international PhDs have an increased risk of mental health problems: no less than 55.6% of them have an increased risk of mental health problems.

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