Kimberley Anneveldt

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.

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

PNN PhD Survey Report – Survey information, Demographics and COVID-19 and PNN Survey report Demographics – Supplemental material

  1. PNN PhD Survey Report – Wellbeing
  2. PNN PhD Survey Report – Contract characteristics
  3. PNN PhD Survey Report – Supervision and freedom
  4. PNN PhD Survey Report – Non-standard PhD arrangements
  5. PNN PhD Survey Report – Workplace malpractices
  6. PNN PhD Survey Report – Teaching
  7. PNN PhD Survey Report – Collective Labor Agreement
  8. PNN PhD Survey Report – International PhDs
  9. PNN PhD Survey Report – Criteria,  Open Science,  Recognition and rewards, Career

Scientists reaching out

Do you want to learn how to openly and actively discuss your research with others?  Then “Samenweten” offers you the opportunity to follow the workshop “Scientists reaching out” with lots of practical tips and exercises.

“Samenweten” is a project of the KNAW. The aim of “Samenweten” is to strengthen the dialogue between science and society and to stimulate people to ask more questions. This workshop focuses on how you can involve society in your research. You will also talk to 6 panel members and do various assignments yourself. The next workshop will take place on Friday 2 and 16 October from 9 a.m. to 12 noon online, in Dutch. In November this workshop wil be organized in English. For more information contact