The PNN is the national interest organization for PhD candidates in the Netherlands. We represent PhDs at a national level and are therefore a discussion partner for, among others, members of parliament, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the VSNU, the NFU, the KNAW and AcademicTransfer. In addition, we organize various annual meetings and work closely with the AOb (General Union of Education), the FNV (Federation of Dutch Trade Unions) and Eurodoc (European PhD consultation). At our four-yearly general member meetings, the representatives of the local PhD organizations of all Dutch universities and UMCs consult with each other.



From September 24, 2021, the PNN is looking for reinforcements. Several vacancies are open, check  the different positions for more information:

  • Vice Chair/Secretary (excellent Dutch proficiency required)
  • External Commissioner (excellent Dutch proficiency required)
  • Two general board members: the Employment Conditions portfolio with a focus on External, International and Scholarship PhDs, and the Recognition and Valuation portfolio with a focus on Working Conditions


Questions or interested? Then don’t hesitate to contact us! Questions can be directed to Meaghan Polack ( or +316 15470556). You can send your letter of application and CV to We would like to receive your application no later than September 1, 2021. The interviews will take place the following week during the day via Zoom. On Friday September 24, the official installation will take place during the general members’ meeting, where you are expected to be able to attend.