Press release: 18.6% of PhD candidates have (had) to deal with undesirable behaviour in the workplace

As many as 18.6% of the PhD students have experienced or have had to deal with discrimination, sexual harassment, violations of academic integrity, or other forms of undesirable behaviour. This has emerged from research carried out by PNN based on a survey among 1,601 PhD candidates in the Netherlands. Of the various forms of undesirable behaviour, discrimination is the most common (8.6%). Continue reading “Press release: 18.6% of PhD candidates have (had) to deal with undesirable behaviour in the workplace”

Corona Virus – Stay after your studies

In April, a group of international graduates started a petition to extend the search year to accommodate the decline in vacancies and networking opportunities. In a written response to questions from the Dutch Parliament, Minister Koolmees for Social Affairs and Employment explains that it is not possible to extend the search year as the conditions for this residence permit are entrenched in law, and changing them is an uncertain and lengthy process. However, because the government values the contribution of international students and highly skilled migrants greatly, they decided to extend the period for which graduates are eligible for a highly skilled migrant residence permit with a lower salary criterium.

In the attached flyer Infosheet – NUFFIC you can find more information about the search year and other residence permit that can facilitate your stay in the Netherlands after graduation.

Finally, we would like to remind you that wherever your road will take you, The Netherlands wants to keep in touch with you. Don’t forget to register on the Holland Alumni network and let us know about your interests and expertise, so that we can keep talking.

New PNN chair

During the General Members Meeting of 25 September 2020, Rosanne Anholt was elected as the new chair of PNN. Anholt focus in her trajectory on the subject of resilience in the context of international security and succeeds Lucille Mattijssen, who will leave PNN board after one year of chairmanship.

Anholt looks forward to improving the position of PhD candidates in the coming year, together with the PNN board members and the PhD representatives of the universities. Anholt: “Scientists have been drawing attention for a number of years to the high workload, the large proportion of temporary contracts, and the structural underfunding of education. The fundamental problems in science particularly affect the most vulnerable groups, such as PhD candidates. The PNN unites PhD candidates and is committed to making their voices heard towards policymakers and politicians. The results of the PNN Survey, which was conducted among 1600 PhD candidates, provide important starting points for this.

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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”