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Prospective PhD candidates can start at the PsyRes by two pathways for admission: through the application procedure or by securing private funding (External PhDs).

Application procedure

Check out the available PhD positions at the UvA vacancy portal. 

Private funding

If you submit your own research proposal you should be aware of the following:

  • Which topic would you like to explore?
  • Which programme group would you like to join?
  • Which supervisor do you have in mind?
  • What funding is obtained to cover the associated fees?
  • How does your time plan roughly look like?

If a PhD project is financed by the University of Amsterdam or through a grant awarded to the University by a third party, the PhD degree is conferred by the University of Amsterdam.

Fees for scholarship and external PhD candidates

PhD candidates who are not employed by the University of Amsterdam but receive a scholarship, pay a yearly tuition fee of €3000,-. This fee covers a variety of costs such as the selection procedure, supervision, office space, and a guest appointment.

Scholarship PhDs

If you have obtained a scholarship to pursue your PhD, please provide additional information about the conditions.

External PhDs

What funding is obtained to cover the monthly allowance for the duration of the PhD trajectory (in general 4 years, full-time)? When you will be residing in Amsterdam this minimum monthly allowance is rated at €1,664.

Admission criteria

The minimum requirements  for all PhD candidates are:


  • Master’s degree, or academic degree that is equivalent to Dutch final university examination

English language proficiency test

Non-native English speakers have to submit one of the following tests. No other tests are accepted. Please note that only international, not institutional tests are accepted. Original test scores should be sent either by the testing institution or by the student to the Admissions Committee.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    Required score: at least 7.0 on the academic module, with a minimum score of 6.5 for the separate components of the test.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    Required score: at least 100 (internet based test) with a minimum score for the separate components of the test:
    Reading: 24
    Listening: 22

    Speaking: 25
    Writing: 24
  • Cambridge International Examination
    Required score: at least 190 on C1 Advanced.