Pre-doctoral Training in the Netherlands

Pre-doctoral training is a joint intiative of three universities: Leiden University, University of Groningen and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. It is FREE OF CHARGE and open to all first year Chinese PhD candidates from any Dutch university.

The Pre-Doctoral course is specifically designed to meet the needs of a Doctoral-level international student. This one week course has been jointly developed by top three Dutch universities: Leiden University, University of Groningen and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in their desire to support incoming and future Chinese Ph.D. candidates to have better preparation for their Ph.D. trajectories. 

This intensive programme aims to prepare PhD candidates for the start of their PhD trajectories in the Netherlands, by equipping them with necessary research, academic writing and soft skills to face upfront PhD research challenges. The programme is also suitable for PhD candidates who intend to do a PhD in the Netherlands in the near future.

The programme is balanced with a module on life in the Netherlands, Dutch culture in general and the Dutch academic system so as to make the move and transition to the Netherlands easier and faster. The programme consists of 4 modules: 

  • Module 1 - Academic English Writing
  • Module 2 - Academic Competences
  • Module 3 - Soft Skills Training
  • Module 4 - Dutch Crash Course 


The program will be completed with an Award Ceremony. During the ceremony, participants will present their PhD projects, which they will have worked on during the week, and in an innovative and engaging way, suitable for varied audiences. All participants will be awarded a certification of attendance during the award ceremony.


Course Period: 19-23 October 2020

  • 8 hours preparation time (readings before the course starts; assignments)
  • 40 programme hours (interactive seminars and skills building exercises)
  • 8 hours on final assignment (research proposal writing and presentations)                  

The course is 56 hours in total, equal to 2 ECTS. All participants are expected to participate in the programme full time. 

Application deadline: 10 September 2020

Location: University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Target Group: The programme is targeted to Chinese PhD candidates who have been selected for a doctorate programme in the Netherlands. (50 candidates maximum, 2 groups)

If you are interested in the course please consult with your supervisor regarding your attendance and apply via HERE.
You need to fill in some basic information and submit the following documents.

  1. CV
  2. Short PhD research outline (limit 1 page)
  3. Acceptance letter from a Dutch university

NOTE: The predoctoral programme is free of charge, but you do have to take care of your own accommodation and travel. 

At the end of the programme, we will award a certificate which counts for 2 ECTS based on the syllabus of the entire programme and your participation. Please consult with your graduate school and supervisor whether the ECTS will be awarded and recognized as part of your PhD training.  

The former pre-doctoral course at Qsinghua University has to be transferred and re-schedules to the Netherlands due to the COVID-19. Candidats who submitted the application before, please contact

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