Starting your PhD checklist

Checklist (for APH PhD candidates and Supervisors)
  • Is new work space needed? Supervisor will arrange working place for PhD candidate
  • Read the Doctorate Regulations of your university:
  • Read about Scientific integrity and conduct and Good Research Practices guidelines:
  • Attend the ‘New APH member meeting’ to get an introduction about the research institute
  • Read the book 'Mastering Your PhD' (pre)
  • Arrange meetings with all research team members and your colleagues of your department to introduce yourself
  • Register yourself as researcher at the (Amsterdam Public Health) research institute and research program(s) (for AMC, VUmc, VU, UvA): Amsterdam UMC research institutes and for APH PhD candidates
  • Embed your research project via the Scientific Quality Committee within a research program of the Amsterdam Public Health research institute: Embedding of APH research projects
  • Develop a plan for your PhD Training and Supervision
    • For AMC PhD candidates develop an Individual Training and Supervision Agreement (iTSA) specifying the supervision and planned education activities including the number of EC’s: fill in your iTSA
    • For VUmc PhD candidates develop a Training Plan (TP) specifying your education activities including at least 30 EC’s (besides VU/VUmc requirements, also faculty or research institute specific education requirements apply) and get it approved by the Education committee of your faculty or research institute: fill in your TP and for APH PhD candidates
    • For VU PhD candidates develop your 30 EC’s Training Plan and get it approved by the Education committee of your faculty or research institute: for APH PhD candidates
    • For VUmc/VU PhD candidates read the APH PhD Handbook: APH PhD handbook
  • Register yourself as PhD candidate at the overarching Amsterdam UMC Doctoral School
    • For AMC/UvA and VUmc/VU PhD candidates visit the Amsterdam UMC Doctoral School website, and carefully read the information about the different phases of a PhD trajectory: Amsterdam UMC Doctorate School
    • For AMC/UvA PhD candidates: registration Doctoral School
    • For VUmc/VU PhD candidates, the registration at the Doctoral School will soon be initiated
    • Subscribe to the Amsterdam UMC Doctoral School newsletter: newsletter
    • Join the Association of Amsterdam UMC PhD Candidates (ASAP): ASAP
  • Register and get approval on your PhD trajectory
  • Create a Pure profile and add besides your department organizational affiliations the affiliated research institute and research program(s): Complete your Pure profile
  • Read the whole APH Quality Handbook for information on all aspects of conducting research according to the Research Lifecycle
  • Plan regular mentor/supervisor meetings
  • Arrange an annual/bi-annual progress meeting
  • Register for education activities, including courses, tutorials and workshops
    • For AMC or Vumc PhD candidates check the courses offered by the Amsterdam UMC Doctoral School
    • For APH PhD candidates use the 25% discount on EpidM courses, or other by the APH research institutes’ organized courses
  • Schedule and register for congresses, seminars and conferences
  • Join APH PhD related committees, e.g. PhD Education Committee, research programs’ Junior Council, Junior Event Committee: contact APH aph@amsterdamumc.nl 
  • Participate in an APH PhD intervision year group: contact APH aph@amsterdamumc.nl 
  • Arrange PhD Track Support via the Amsterdam UMC Doctoral School (for AMC and VUmc)
  • If needed request Amsterdam UMC Doctoral School for Advise & Support