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PhD candidate wellbeing

Doing a PhD project is often a challenging endeavour. Difficulties of the PhD process can pertain to stress, deadlines, work overload, setbacks and doubts, work/life imbalance, perfectionism, impostor syndrome, and feelings of loneliness, depression or anxiety (see the literature overview below for more information). The Graduate School aims to help its PhD candidates to deal with these challenges with the following means:

Providing clear and easy to find information

  • The PhD handbook offers an overview of the most relevant information pertaining to your PhD project at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Keep in mind that particular regulations and procedures will vary between departments, which will be clearly indicated whenever relevant. Hardcopy are available at your departmental secretary office and at the Graduate School office.

Organising social support and academic engagement

  • Our Soft landing programme aims to make newly arrived candidates feel at home in their new research and living environment.
  • In the PhD peer-to-peer programme an experienced PhD candidate guides newly-arrived candidates through the starting stage of their PhD.

Promoting social adaption, matching cultural expectations and overcoming language obstacles

Stimulating adequate supervision

  • The Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) is mandatory and helps you to make clear agreements about the progress of your project and to regularly schedule meetings with your doctoral supervision team.

Discussing work-life balance

  • In several skills-oriented courses the work-life balance is discussed. Furthermore, dr. Claartje van Sijl offers personal coaching as a work-life balance coach for academics. In individual sessions, you learn to make the best and conscious choices.

Offering skills development courses on time and project management

Organising a safety net of a PhD psychologist, confidential and personal counsellors

  • Several confidential counsellors can support you individually with supervisory issues, work-life balance and stress at work, academic integrity, harassment or unequal treatment.


PhD wellbeing