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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PNN PhD Survey reports

Here you can find all reports based on the PNN PhD Survey 2020. These reports provide insights in the employment conditions and the wellbeing of PhDs in the Netherlands.

All readers are highly recommended to first read the PNN Survey Report on Survey Information, Demographics and COVID-19 before reading other reports. This report contains important information about the survey design, the limitations of the research and information about the demographic characteristics of our survey respondents.

If you have any questions in response to any of these reports, you can contact us via info@hetpnn.nl

  1. PNN PhD Survey Report – Survey information, Demographics and COVID-19 and PNN Survey report Demographics – Supplemental material
  2. PNN PhD Survey report – Wellbeing
  3. PNN PhD Survey Report – Contract characteristics
  4. PNN PhD Survey Report – Supervision and freedom