Course programme 2023-2024: now open for registration!

Dear PhD candidates and supervisors,

It is with pride and joy that we present our course curriculum for the academic year 2023/2024. With 50 different courses and workshops, we hope to have tailored our programme to fit all our PhD's needs.
Next to our existing courses, we have some new interesting additions to our curriculum: 

Creating societal impact
Researchers often generate valuable insights and findings. However, academic output is often inaccessible to non-academic audiences, such as community organisations, journalists, and policy makers. This course will look into the textual and visual features of effective science communication, and explore the needs and wishes of the stakeholders that you try to reach. We will also discuss examples of how creating societal impact looks like in practice.

Dealing with teaching challenges
Many PhD candidates do some teaching next to their research activities. When they lack teaching experience or proper didactical training, however, they will need to find out by themselves how to design, offer and manage a course properly. For instance, they will need to learn how to prepare for a course meeting effectively, and how to design a course that is both fun and productive. This workshop offers a moment of reflection on such matters.

Diversity and inclusion in academia and beyond
This course offers a critical reflection on the notions of “diversity” and “inclusion”. What does it mean to be diverse and inclusive as an organisation or as an individual? How can these notions be construed, and how are they implemented in policy at the university and elsewhere? Are there “good” and “bad” forms of inclusion and diversity? And which deeper societal and political discussions and frictions have initiated or ensued from such policies?

Experience sampling: Opening the black box of daily life
Experience Sampling Methods (ESM) ask people to share information about their daily life through their smartphones. For instance, users can be asked to fill out micro-questionnaires or enable GPS tracking. These data collection methods come with challenges and questions. What research questions can I answer? How do I design an ESM-based study? How do I analyse obtained data? This workshop aims to help researchers explore these questions.

Onboarding sessions for new PhD candidates
In our onboarding sessions we like to welcome all new PhD candidates to our Graduate School and the Erasmus University more generally. Our onboarding sessions are held online, in an informal setting and with small groups. We offer these sessions four times a year to introduce ourselves and explain how we hope to help PhD candidates with our courses and services. We’ll also ask participants to introduce themselves and tell us about any questions they may have. 

Erasmus Career Café: Career outside of academia after your PhD
For the first edition of our PhD alumni series this year, we team up with the Erasmus Career Café to welcome inspiring alumni from the Erasmian community to share their story here on campus. We will have a panel discussion where prof. dr. Esther Rozendaal will connect with alumni to talk about life after graduation, how they discovered their passion, what struggles they may have faced and explore what career paths they chose after their PhD study.

Research grants: Opportunities and core skills
The objective of this workshop is to introduce PhD candidates envisaging a career in academia to the Dutch and European research grant landscape and to the skills that underpin grant capture. We will focus on the grant opportunities that immediately follow the PhD award, including the Dutch Research Council’s Rubicon and Veni grants, and the European Commission’s Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Applying for such research grants is central to academic life. Grants open up pathways for academic career development and are often the means by which the employment of junior academics is funded. 

Science meets entrepreneurship
The objective of this workshop is to trigger your entrepreneurial mindset with the help of the 5 principles of “effectuation”. We will practice the art of setting short term and long term actions and goals, and assessing the resources and obstacles that help or impede accomplishing your objectives, among other things. The ultimate purpose is to create insights in how you can leverage your knowledge to create value in society and industry.

Please visit our online course guide for our complete curriculum and registration.

Important: You will find that we have made a change to the enrolment process this year: in order to give PhD candidates who join later in the year a fair chance to enrol in our courses, we open the enrolment in the following phases:

August 2023: Enrolments open for all courses starting before February 2024.
October 2023: Enrolments open for all courses starting before May 2024.
December 2023: Enrolments open for all remaining courses.

We wish you a great new academic year and please, as always, do not hesitate to contact our team if you have questions, comments or suggestions.

See you soon!

Best regards,

The EGSH team