PhD candidate support and PhD Candidate Advisor

PhD candidates are welcome to contact the AMC Graduate School at any time with queries or problems concerning PhD studies, or other matters related to their PhD project.

If indicated, the PhD Candidate Advisor will refer the PhD candidate to other authorities, such as the AMC Scientific Research Counselor, a mediator or an external confidential counselor.

PhD candidates can ask the PhD Candidate Advisor for help and advice related to their PhD project, about the individual Training and Supervision Agreement (iTSA), procedures, processes, or other issues. The advisor is also interested in learning about PhD projects that were successful due to good supervision, efficient work arrangements, or other factors. Such positive feedback will enable the AMC Graduate School to improve its recommendations to all AMC PhD candidates.

Peer to Peer group Coaching

Sometimes you would like to discuss something with a peer. However, it might be difficult to discuss this with your direct colleagues as e.g. they may be involved. Peer to peer group coaching (which is called intervisie in Dutch) is a way to discuss these issues in a safe environment. It is experience driven. The content of the meetings is determined by the participating PhD candidates themselves and therefore has relevance for daily practice and needs of PhD candidates. It is a means to get support from peers, reflect, discuss issues without hierarchical differences, get insight and find possible solutions to everyday problems. Examples of issues that can be addressed are: problems with communication with supervisors, planning of your project, competition with colleagues, time management, difficulties with writing or presenting etc.

More information and application.

Buddy project

Starting PhD candidates, especially those from other countries, may encounter difficulties such as adjusting to a foreign culture or becoming accustomed to working at the AMC. The AMC Graduate School aims to provide a structural solution for this group of PhD candidates.

To this end, the AMC Graduate School has initiated a Buddy project. Buddies are experienced AMC PhD candidates from a variety of departments who are enthusiastic and motivated to help other PhD candidates. These experienced PhD candidates are matched to their peers who are just starting out, and help them by sharing their experiences and knowledge about working at the AMC and living in Amsterdam. The AMC Graduate School also has a database of buddies from various countries.

The match between PhD candidate and buddy is made through the AMC Graduate School. New PhD candidates who apply to the project are matched with a buddy based on demographic characteristics such as gender, department or background. The buddy and the new PhD candidate make their own arrangements. For example, some buddies prefer lunch meetings whereas others prefer email contact. The desired frequency of contact is respected.

If you feel that you are in need of a buddy, if you would like to volunteer as a buddy, or if you would like to receive more information, then please contact the AMC Graduate School.

Support Guide

Embarking on a PhD project is a novel and intense experience, and in the end often the most rewarding episode of your career. The road to a PhD may be long and winding, and sometime bumpy, though. The AMC offers help and guidance for their PhD candidates.

To this end, a Support Guide for AMC PhD Candidates is available with best suggestions for help and guidance.

The AMC Graduate School, AMC and AMR HRM departments, the AMC ARBO, and the AMR workers council collaborated on this project.

Contact information

PhD Candidate Advisor Kirsten Douma
AMC, room E2-172
T: +31 (0)20 566 6541 E: