Candidates can choose from four generic categories of skills development courses: organisation, co-operation and networking, communication and presentation, and preparing for the future (in or outside academia). The Graduate school offers both core and elective courses. It is essential for your research skills that you participate in the core courses.
Please note: the courses in the programme for 2020-2021 will be online due to COVID-19. There are few exeptions, details about fysical meetings are mentioned when relevant.
When you start your PhD project you will come across a lot of different faculty offices, procedures and regulations. This meeting will help you to find your way and offers an introduction to project planning.
The Advanced Academic Writing course is designed for PhD students who write their dissertation in English. The course addresses different aspects of the writing process, such as becoming aware of disciplinary requirements, improving text coherence, writing effective sentences, using punctuation effectively, using varied vocabulary and improving the overall style of writing.
N.B. please participate in this course when you have already started writing as you will work on your own texts during the course.
Since a great deal is invested in obtaining valuable research data, good data management is important. But what does that involve? How do you ensure that your data remain accessible and usable in the future, for yourself and others? This introductory workshop will help you get started.
When discussing academic integrity in broad lines researchers tend to have very similar ideas as to what academix integrity is and how to avoid it from being compromised. But when discussing concrete cases, things may not be as clear as they seem. In this course you will receive information about academic integrity and its different contexts. Discussion will raise awareness of possible pitfalls.
This course is designed to improve the English speaking and writing skills of PhD researchers.
The goal of these follow-up workshops is to provide individualized and in-depth writing assistance to PhD candidates in the final year of their PhD programme. We will focus on the challenges that you face in the writing-up stage of your PhD, such as developing your self-editing skills and writing effective and coherent paragraphs, sections and chapters. In these workshops we will further develop and reinforce your advanced academic writing skills.
The Bounce Back workshop offers practical tools to boost your resilience in uncertain times. Resilience is the ability to bounce back when life is getting difficult. Especially in Covid times this is a very attractive and useful skill. This workshop is offered by Alexandra Gerny, a special Covid-19 addition to the PhDskills programme 2020-2021.
This course will be online due to COVID-19
It is important to start thinking about your future career in the second year of your PhD project. This course will discuss the various paths in and outside academia and will show you how to be prepared when you graduate.
Online Workshop by Dr. Jane Lewty on 19 January 2021 | In this day-long generative workshop, participants will examine texts that interact with the creative process in a variety of ways, as models and prompts for our own narratives written in a time of crisis. What happens to our work when we have to place it within a larger context? What kinds of actions might be foregrounded, complicated, or transformed? How do we write something new?
The course on 19 January is fully booked and we will organize an extra workshop on 21 January, so please sign up if you want to participate!
The courses are organized by the Institute for Dutch language Education/Instituut voor Nederlands Taalonderwijs en Taaladvies (INTT) at the UvA. The INTT offers a wide range of language courses for foreign students and staff. Through the Graduate School skills courses programme, PhD researchers can enroll in one extensive or semi-intensive course.
Peer consultation or intervision is a way to find solutions for, and learn from, issues and problems in everyday work with a group of colleague PhD researchers.
The aim of this workshop is to provide insight in the potential that popular writing offers to increase scholars’ visibility and to disseminate academic knowledge to a larger audience. We discuss the possibilities of both online and print media, and participants will learn how to write captivatingly about their research.
The course focuses on making academic presentations both in person and online. Training is based on video examples, group discussion and individual feedback from peers and the trainer. Participants will have ample opportunity to discover and try out new techniques in a supportive environment.
Because PhD candidates may need to train very different and specific research skills, it is not feasible to include the broad variety of these skills in the GSH skills training programme. That is why The Graduate School has set up a system of small scale research tutorials under the supervision of faculty experts.
Funded PhD candidates who started their project after September 2018 are expected to teach in their second and third year for a maximum of 0.2 fte. Within this 0.2 fte they have the possibility to earn their BKO/UTQ (University Teaching Qualification). The BKO-course is exclusively reserved for PhD candidates with a substantial teaching load which meets the BKO criteria:
Generally, during their first year the PhD candidates will take a UTQ course, and during their second year they will create a portfolio that will be presented to the UTQ assessment committee for assessment.
PhD candidates who are about to start teaching and who have little or no teaching experience can take the pre-BKO training. This course deals with basic didactic knowledge and also with important rules maintained by the UvA within education, such as those concerning assessments.
This course provides participants insight into how academic knowledge in the humanities can be made applicable for social and economic utilisation. Participants will be trained in translating their research topics into concrete applications that can benefit society. This exercise will not only help in preparing future grant applications but can be equally useful as a preparation for job interviews in and outside of academia.
This course is designed for PhD researchers who aspire to a career in academics, and who are in the second half of the PhD trajectory. The course aims at preparing the participants in writing excellent postdoctoral research proposals, with specific attention to early career grants. An additional goal is to help the PhD researchers to shape their academic careers.