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Doing a PhD


17:15 - 18:30


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Microsoft Teams
Online, Utrecht

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Can’t get enough of research? And are you an advanced Humanities student (BA or MA) at the UU who is considering to pursue a career in academics? Then come to our online event!

Doing a PhD

This event is aimed at advanced Humanities students (BA and/or MA) and recent alumni of the Faculty of Humanities at UU, who are considering to pursue a career in academics, and are interested to find out more about (the path to) PhD-positions and the career perspectives that follow afterwards. What does it take to become successful and what steps can you take during your studies and immediately after graduation? And do you have what it takes to pursue an academic career? Find out, and more!


Speakers include current PhD candidates Gerwin van Schie, Lieke Schrijvers, Sofia Nikiforova, promotor Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul and Ruben Schalk (University Library).

Registration is required (this event tends to sell out fast). If you subscribe but cannot make it after all, please send an email to Feline van den Boogerd, so we can give your ticket to someone else. Unfortunately, this event is aimed at UU Humanities students/alumni and if you’re from another faculty or university we can only accommodate you if there is room left. Please email Feline van den Boogerd as well to be put on the waiting list.

The day of the event (morning) you will receive a link to the MS Teams environment. 

More information about the PhD candidates:

Gerwin van Schie is an alumnus of the BA in Theatre, Film and Television studies (2014) and the MA in new Media and Digital Culture (2016). His research is about the way Dutch immigrant populations are ‘datafied’ by various societal institutions. Dutch governmental classifications are based on immigrants’ former nationality and that of their parents and often relate to the colonial history of the Netherlands or their country of birth. He critically investigates bias and injustice caused by the data, system, and practices of applications.

Lieke Schrijvers graduated in 2014 from her Research Masters in Gender and Etnicity. In her research, she focuses on de relations of religion, gender and sexuality from an interdisciplinary perspective. From 2019-2021 Lieke is, on behalf of Utrecht PhD Party (UPP), a member of the staff delegation of the University Council. She is also a representative of PROUT, a PhD network in Utrecht.

Sofia Nikiforova has a BA Fundamental and Applied Linguistics (2016) from Moscow State University and graduated from the master Computational linguistics in 2018. She started her PhD project in 2018. Sofia works as a PhD Candidate in the ROCKY project. Her research is in computational linguistics/semantics. In particular, her PhD project focuses on developing a natural language interface to a geographic information system and analyzing various linguistic phenomena in the geospatial domain.

Ruben Schalk did his PhD between 2011 and 2015 and worked as researcher on different projects at Utrecht University. He specializes in socio-economic history, particularly in Guilds and local citizenship. Today, he is working as a subject specialist at Utrecht University Library

Downloads and further reading

Download some of the material we shared during previous events:

  • Tips and tricks by current or former PhD candidates
  • An outline of research and PhDs in the Netherlands, by Hanneke Jansen

Some articles and books worth reading:

And some information on PhD opportunities at UU:


This event is fully booked.