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PhD Councils

Each institute has a PhD Council that represents the PhD candidates of their respective institute.

The PhD Councils aim to stay informed about and to play an active role within important developments that may concern PhD candidates, either within their institute and/or the university at large. The PhD Councils gather regularly with the PhD candidates they represent. They have an advisory role concerning PhD-related issues at Institute level and meet with their Institute‚Äôs management team.

The different PhD Councils also meet regularly and meet with the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities four times a year. Additionally, the Councils keep in contact with the PhD representation in the Faculty Board and University Council (PhDoc).

The PhD Council also have a social function and offer all PhD candidates of their institutes the opportunity to get to know each other by organizing regular lunches, workshops, informal drinks sessions.

LEO Leiden

LEO is a platform for PhD candidates at Leiden University. It represents the interests of PhD candidates within and outside the University, organises events and maintains contact with other PhD candidate organisations. For more information see the LEO website.

Promovendi Netwerk Nederland (PNN)

PNN is the national organisation for PhD candidates. For more information, see the PNN website.


PhDoc aims to help PhD candidates attain their primary goal: to become a successful researcher and teacher. See the PhDoc page on the organisational structure website for more information.

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