Onboarding session PhD candidates

Professional skills

Course information

ECTS: n/a
Number of sessions: 1
Hours per session: 1,5
Course fee: n/a

  • free for PhD candidates of the Graduate School
  • consult our enrolment policy for more information


Telephone: +31 (0)10 4082607 (Graduate School)

In the academic year 2023-2024 these sessions will take place online.

Edition 1 (online)

September 11 (Monday) 2023 
Online (Teams)

Edition 2 (online)

November 17 (Friday) 2023
Online (Teams)

Edition 3 (online)

January 17 (Wednesday) 2024
Online (Teams)

Edition 4 (online)

April 11 (Thursday) 2024
Online (Teams)


In our onboarding sessions we like to welcome all new PhD candidates to the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities (EGSH). Our onboarding sessions are held online, in an informal setting, and with small groups. We offer these sessions four times a year to tell you as new PhD candidates about who we are and how we hope to help you with our courses and services. We’ll also ask you to introduce yourself and tell us about any questions you may have.

In addition, in the first/second/third/fourth onboarding session (Date), Prof Dr Thea Hilhorst will offer a short introduction to the important topic of safety and security in field research. More information about this topic can be found on the full course page, here: https://www.egsh.eur.nl/doctoral-education/phd-course-guide/onboarding-session-phd-candidates/

We’re looking forward to meeting you!


This workshop is suitable and relevant for all PhD candidates. Participation does not require any particular experience, skills or knowledge.

How to prepare

As a preparation you can look around on our website (www.egsh.eur.nl) and explore the information that is offered there.

About the instructors

Dr. Esther Rozendaal is the dean of the EGSH. Since 2020, she has been an associate professor of Communication and Behavioural Change at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB). Her research focuses on the digital resilience of young people. In particular, she investigates how to help children and teenagers to behave media-wise online. In addition to her academic research, she is concerned with bridging the gap between science and practice. In 2011, together with Prof. Moniek Buijzen (ESSB), she founded Bitescience, a company aimed at transferring scientific knowledge to professionals with young people as the target group.

Fadi Hirzalla

Dr. Fadi Hirzalla is the Graduate School Senior Lecturer and methodology consultant. He specialises in quantitative and qualitative methods and methodology, next to his substantive interests in citizenship and new media, with a particular focus on intercultural relations and young people. Prior to joining the Graduate School, he worked at the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University.