PNN wishes you happy and healthy Holidays!

The year 2020 has not been an easy one. Many of us have struggled with data collection, uncertainty around extension of our contracts, and inadequate workspaces at home. Some of us could not return home to be with our families, and many have had to deal with loneliness and dispiritedness.

PNN recognizes this, and will continue to stand up for the rights of PhDs, such as better working conditions, and accessibility of necessary facilities. We will continue to monitor the impact of the corona crisis on PhD candidates and their PhD trajectories, and pay special attention to PhD’s mental health and wellbeing. We cannot do this without the invaluable help of our members and partner organisations.

We hope you will enjoy the Winter holidays despite the extraordinary circumstances, and wish you a happy, healthy new year!

AcademicTransfer: Prepare for your next career step

AcademicTransfer: Get free PhD career insights

Have you ever considered life beyond a PhD in terms of career perspective? Probably not, since you live now and the future is miles away. But hold on!

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Press release: Three-quarters of PhD candidates are encouraged to participate in Open Science

The majority of PhD candidates are encouraged to practice Open Science (74.1%). This has emerged from the ninth and last report of PNN based on the PNN PhD Survey. In this survey 1,601 PhD candidates were asked about their PhD trajectory. The Open Science practice that is most often encouraged is publishing open access articles (63.3%), followed by sharing research data (34.1%). Continue reading “Press release: Three-quarters of PhD candidates are encouraged to participate in Open Science”

Press release: Not all international PhD candidates receive assistance with integration

The majority of international PhD candidates (58.1%) do not receive integration assistance, such as a language course. This is a result from the report of PNN on international PhD candidates. In the PNN PhD survey, the 644 participating international PhD candidates were asked about their experiences. More than two thirds who do not receive integration assistance, indicate that they would have liked to receive this assistance. International PhD candidates with a non-Western background indicate that they need this relatively more often. Continue reading “Press release: Not all international PhD candidates receive assistance with integration”

Press release: Optional provisions for PhD candidates in the collective labour agreement are often not put into practice

The provisions in the collective labor agreement that offer PhD candidates the option of obtaining a contract extension in the event of long-term illness, internships or employee participation are often not put into practice. This has emerged from research by the PNN, based on a survey among 1,601 PhD candidates in the Netherlands. In this study, approximately 800 PhD candidates formally employed at universities were asked about their knowledge of the collective labor agreement and their experiences with the clauses specifically intended for PhD candidates. Continue reading “Press release: Optional provisions for PhD candidates in the collective labour agreement are often not put into practice”