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This page contains a variety of links and documents answering some frequently asked questions for PhDs in SILS. If you have other questions, please check the PhD starting guide who to go to for asking.

Faculty A-Z list

The full list regarding Faculty support and facilities: your starting point to find HR forms, PhD forms, where to go, etc.

Doing a PhD

Most PhD vacancies at the UvA are paid positions; you are an employee of the University. This means that you apply for a position via responding to available vacancies. 
All information and necessary forms for doing a PhD at the UvA and the Faculty of Science can be found using the following link:


The SILS secretariat supports in housing for foreign PhD candidates and employees, contact them for further information or up-to-date tips on finding accomodation in (the surroundings of) Amsterdam.

If you are not eligible for UvA housing, you’ll need to find accommodation on your own. This page on the UvAweb provides tips on how to find a accommodation, including options such as renting a room in a private home, flat-sharing with other students, or staying in a student hotel. 

Online PhD defense

Currently, PhD defences take place onsite again. In case of new Covid measures, a FAQs page is available on Contact the Pedels office ( for further questions. All PhD defenses are livestreamed via the UvA Youtube channel, the link is often shared about a week in advance.

Assistance with mental health and wellbeing

In addition to the general facilities and support for UvA employees’ physical and mental health and well-being (use the filter 'Health and wellbeing' next to the A-Z-list), doctoral candidates at the UvA can also access several resources that are available for UvA students. Here you will find information about the facilities for UvA students that are available for UvA doctoral candidates as well. This is also found in the A-Z list.