Training and Supervision

PhD candidates are in training to become independent researchers. As such, they need guidance and “on-the-job” supervision. Their PhD supervisor (promotor) is responsible for providing them with supervision, guidance and feedback. The PhD supervisor may decide to delegate elements of the supervision to one or more co-supervisors (co-promotors). In addition, other experienced researchers may help PhD candidates on a day-to-day basis.

To ensure that PhD candidates receive proper training and supervision and to specify the rights and duties of all parties, the candidate and the supervisor(s) jointly compile an individual Training and Supervision Agreement (iTSA). Its goal is to enhance the quality of the PhD project.

The arrangements made in the iTSA stipulate the mode and frequency of the supervision during the PhD project as well as the structure and contents of additional courses and training, and other tasks and needs of the PhD candidate. The AMC Graduate School offers a variety of courses to help PhD candidates become more proficient and efficient researchers. In consultation with their PhD supervisor(s), the PhD candidates select what courses to take and when.

The individual Training and Supervision Agreement includes:

  1. Information on the PhD candidate
  2. Synopsis and work plan of the PhD project
  3. Agreements on supervision
  4. Specific agreements on tasks and needs of the phD candidate
  5. Individual PhD course program
  6. Other remarks and signatures of PhD candidate and PhD supervisor(s)
  7. Intended Learning outcomes

The intended learning outcomes (ILOs) are not part of the agreement between PhD candidate and supervisor, and can be filled in by the PhD candidate alone.


The PhD supervisor and the PhD candidate discuss and complete the iTSA together and both must sign it. Next, the original form has to be submitted to the AMC Graduate School within three months after the start of the PhD project. The PhD candidate then receives an invitation to an individual meeting with the PhD Candidate Advisor. During this meeting several aspects of the PhD project will be discussed, such as the nature and frequency of supervision, relevant courses, the PhD thesis and the portfolio. The PhD Candidate Advisor signs the form and attaches it to the candidate's personal file in the registration system. The PhD candidate receives a pdf version of the signed form for her/his records. The PhD supervision may refer to the form through access to the PhD registration, using her/his personal login. The AMC Graduate School is responsible for registering and monitoring the iTSA.

The collective labor agreements (CAO) for the Dutch universities and AMR personnel require such an agreement to be compiled for all PhD candidates.

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