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To PhD or not to PhD?


17:15 - 18:45


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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 Nina Sangers, Ruben Ros, Savriël Dillingh, promotor Joel Anderson, Iris van der Knaap (University Library) and Maaike Schoorlemmer (Research coordinator UiL-OTS).

Registration is required (this event tends to sell out fast). If you subscribe but cannot make it after all, please send an email to Karen Schoutsen, 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 Karen Schoutsen 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:

Nina Sangers is an alumna of the BA in Dutch language and culture (2014) and the RMA in Linguistics (2016). She is a PhD Candidate at the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UiL OTS), at Utrecht University. She researches the effectiveness of narratives in educational texts: which textual elements make an educational text more, or less narrative? Which combinations of narrative and educational content enhance students’ text recall, comprehension, and appreciation, and why? Nina also was chair of the PhD Council Humanities.

Ruben Ros has a BA in History (2016) and graduated from the research master History in 2019. He started his PhD project earlier this month at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH). Ruben’s research proposal was accepted at C2DH a few months after graduation. C2DH is a newly established institute that focuses on digital history and Ruben will work on analysing parliamentary debate by means of ‘argument mining’, in order to see how ‘technocratic’ language plays a role in democracy.

Savriël Dillingh graduated in 2019 from his Masters in Applied Ethics. Savriël did a research internship at the Fair Limits project at the Ethics Institute (UU), and held positions at World Wide Fund and Erasmus Medical Center before starting his PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research is part of a NWO-funded project that studies the relationship between freedom and economic inequality.

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.