PhD Mental Health Symposium

uusaneposter_final-01Prout is co-organizing a symposium on PhD mental health that will take place on January 25th 2018, at Utrecht University. The event is title “Keeping sane in your PhD – What can you do? What can UU do?”, and it is co-organized with the Utrecht PhD Party and with the University Council.  Check the programme and register here.

PhACE Invitation 2016

Dear PhD candidate,

Career opportunities after a PhD are a highly debated topic among PhD candidates. The majority of candidates starting a PhD want to end up in academia. However this is a difficult career step and not always a possibility within your reach. Utrecht University developed the PhD Activating Career Event to help you with future career steps (PhACE).

PhACE gives insight into the great value and different career opportunities of your PhD. As doctoral candidates, you are top academic performers with a broad scope of experience who may fit in many different sectors of employment. PhACE brings people together that successfully completed their PhD with different career tracks. During a two day event, organized by PhACE, these people want to share their professional experiences with you! Furthermore they want to explain the skills that are needed to transfer to areas other than academia.

During these two days you will participate in a range of workshops. These workshops will help you to explore your personal strengths and skills and create awareness of personal weaknesses to help you surpass yourself!
PhD Activating Career Event (PhACE)

We at PhACE are joyous to announce that the registration for the next PhACE event is now open. PhACE XI will be held:

When: Monday April 18th and Tuesday 19th , 2016
Where: Academiegebouw, Domplein 29, Utrecht
From: 09.00-19.00 hrs.
Group: PhD candidates in the penultimate (usually 3rd) year of their PhD
Fee: Free of charge when attending full two days. If not please contact
Language: English
Registration: PhACE website:

If you are interested please make sure you register a.s.a.p. otherwise we cannot guarantee placing for the event.

Kind Regards,

Fati Shahrabi & Lucette Teurlings
PhACE Team

PhD Movies Screening in Filmtheater ’t Hoogt

Wednesday 27 January 2016 from 17:45 to 21:00
Filmtheater ‘t Hoogt – Hoogt 4, 3512 GW, Utrecht
Piled Higher and Deeper: Still in Grad School” is the sequel to the film adaptation of the popular comic strip “Piled Higher and Deeper” by Jorge Cham. The film takes a smart and humorous look at the world of academia through the eyes of four grad students, and features real academics (including a Nobel Prize winner!) in many of the roles. Click here to view the trailer.
The PhD Movie 1 takes a humorous and poignant look at four graduate students as they grapple with research, being a teaching assistant and finding balance in their over-worked lives. The PhD Movie 2 looks at themes of competition in research, overcoming writer’s block, and finding your voice.
Please join The PhD Movies screening on 27 January 2016 organised by Prout | PhD Network Utrecht and the Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS).
Sign up now! The event is free for PhD candidates. Registration is limited to 130 seats, first come first serve!


What can PeerPower do for you?

Are you a PhD candidate and do you believe that an inter-disciplinary peer-group can benefit your personal development?  PeerPower is looking for four PhD candidates that can help validate their assumptions. In a 1-hour session they hope to hear from you how PeerPower could possibly help you in your PhD trajectory. Interested? Sign-up before 10 December by responding to Exact date t.b.d. Check for more info:


Do you have what it takes to be a PhD representative?

With around 18 representatives who, as PhD candidates, have 3-to-4-year contracts, the composition of Prout keeps changing. This means that we are always looking for new PhD candidates to join our team and who want to spend some time on improving the professional lives of their fellow PhD candidates. Do you have expertise in the use of social media? In organizing events? Or do you want to learn these valuable skills and add relevant work experience to your cv? Do you have ideas about general issues related to the position of PhD candidates? Contact one of our current representatives for more information!

Guide for external PhDs

(in Dutch)

Ben je geinteresseerd in wetenschappelijk promoveren naast of na je carriere? Of ben je al buitenpromovendus en op zoek naar tips en trics? Dan is de volgende website en het bijbehorende handboek een goed

Kaft Handboek Buitenpromovendi - geschreven door Floor Basten en Kerstin van Tiggelen

Kaft Handboek Buitenpromovendi – geschreven door Floor Basten en Kerstin van Tiggelen

startpunt! Lees de ervaringen van buitenpromovendi en de tips van hoogleraren over promoveren in deeltijd in het Handboek Buitenpromovendi.

Prout lectures on income taxes, PhD candidates can save money!

On 22 April, Prout organized two tax lectures for PhD candidates. For international PhD candidates, Dennis Reins and Patricia van Dam from TaxDirect  discussed the 30% tax ruling, the M form, and costs that can be deducted from income tax. Marianne Both from Both advocatuur gave a lecture for Dutch PhD candidates.

Many PhD candidates can save a lot of money by applying for middeling, as they experience a strong fluctuation in income when they start their PhD. To find out more about this arrangement, follow this link!


Revised experiments on Animals Act Potential consequences for PhD candidates

On 18 December 2014, the Experiments on Animal Act was revised in order to implement EU-Directive 2010/63/EU. The new act aims to create more transparency. Compared to the old system, the most important differences are the creation of the Animal Welfare Body and the fact that there is a Non-Technical Summary (NTS) that has to be written in Dutch. Except for these language requirements, which can be a problem for international PhD candidates, all PhD candidates who perform animal experiments will have to deal with the consequences of this change in legislation. Problems may arise from timing issues, a fee that needs to be paid and the fact that these project proposals can be written for a period of 5 years. It is important that PhD candidates are informed about this situation in order to circumvent these potential problems. Visit our website or visit the website of the CCD or Animal Welfare Body for more information