PhD candidates

Amsterdam Movement Sciences has PhD candidate members from the participating partners AMC, FGB and VUmc. The PhD candidates’ research projects contribute and represent a considerable part of the institute’s research output. There is a PhD committee and a PhD candidate representative in the Management Team (MT), and we aim to involve PhD candidates in the work within the institute.

Amsterdam Movement Sciences meetings

  • PhD days (an introduction to the depth and width of the research within the institute, and an excellent opportunity to expand the network and work on personal and academic skills);
  • The annual Amsterdam Movement Sciences research meeting (the annual opportunity to network with fellow movement scientists);
  • In addition to the above listed meetings each research program has at least one meeting per year where PhD candidates are welcome guests;
  • The expertise areas also offer meetings of interest on a regular basis for both staff and PhD candidates;
  • Exciting and inspiring monthly colloquia (in collaboration with the department of Human Movement Sciences);

Financial support from Amsterdam Movement Sciences

  • Update March 25, 2020: The AMS Internship/Talent grant has been put on hold until further notice icw. the COVID-19 pandemic. The re-opening will be announced via the AMS newsletter. Internship grants of up to €5.000 for PhD candidates and €3.000 for MA students for projects linked to one of the UMCs. (click for the rules governing the grants);
  • €250 compensation to cover the printing costs of the thesis. The conditions for this contribution are as follows:
    -the PhD candidate uses the AMS affiliation on publications according to the requirements (click for the correct use);
    -s/he is registered with the institute, receives mails and newsletters;
    -the institute name and affililation should be printed on the INSIDE COVER of the thesis and the logo and text is to be printed on the BACK COVER of the thesis according to specifications (click for the exact requirements, to be found at the very bottom of the page). Note that the logo and the text should be printed as one block. To avoid any misunderstanding, send a pdf of the inside cover and the back cover for approval to prior to printing the thesis. Theses that co not comply with this requirements do not qualify for compensation;
    -the PhD candidate is present at the AMS annual meetings and annual PhD days;
    -the PhD candidate informs the institute of the time and date of dissertation as soon as a date has been set;
    -the PhD candidate sends the institute 1 hard copy and pdf version of the printed thesis;
    -the PhD candidate submits the receipt for the printing costs (pdf) when applying for the contribution.

Other meetings of interest

  • Science Transmission meetings: monthly meetings organized by HMS and AMS PhD candidates on issues that are of particular interest to fellow PhD candidates;
  • The AMC graduate school offers meetings on a wide variety of topics, see the list of activities for the updated events calendar

Aims of the PhD program

Although the PhD candidates come from different partners, the aims of the PhD program within the institute is endorsed by all partners. The aims of the PhD program are:

  • To teach candidates to independently organize and conduct research according to high quality standards;
  • To train candidates to present research results in both written and in oral form (in English to fellow researchers and in one’s own language to students and laypersons);
  • To provide candidates with knowledge of, and insight into, the present state and current debates within the field of study of fundamental and clinical human movement sciences.

These aims are partly realized in the process of conducting research under supervision. But because the day-to-day interaction with supervisors and fellow PhD candidates will not completely cover all the desired aims, the VU has initiated a 30 ECTS training trajectory that has been added to formalize the VU PhD candidate training. AMC has organized this within the AMC graduate school. The PhD training plan is part of the Training and Guidance plan and has to be completed by all PhD candidates. In this manner, each PhD candidate will complete an individually tailored training path as part of the PhD trajectory. The different training requirements for the PhD candidates, as set out by the participating partners, can be found below.

PhD training and education

All Amsterdam Movement Sciences PhD candidates can follow the courses offered in the research master (RMA) of Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health free of charge. (1) Click for the schematic overview of the courses 2017 - 2018. We urge PhD candidates to make use of this opportunity to bolster their skills on the Human Movement System. The courses on offer in the Research Master are interdisciplinary and given by top notch AMS researchers on a wide variety of themes, and a selection of these should be suitable for all PhD candidates within the institute. Note that advance registration is compulsory for these courses, if you want to register get in touch via

VU and VUmc PhD candidates have to fulfill 30 ECTS of training before they can defend their PhD. The training track is approved in advance and consist of some compulsory and some elective parts. Before being admitted to the graduation process, the training part will have to be approved by the appropriate body. Courses can be found on the VUmc PhD portal or via VU net. PhD candidates are free to take the courses where they prefer, as long as the topic is covered, it is discussed in advance with the supervisor and approved in the Training and Supervision Plan.

We have set out the different requirements below:

PhD candidates at AMC/UvA AMC

PhD candidates are registered with the AMC graduate school. All education is completed within the graduate school which offers a selection of courses (e.g. the compulsory BROK course), seminars, and also a talent fund. Building a portfolio is compulsory within the AMC PhD track, and a range of 20 – 30 ECTS is recommended. All AMC PhD candidates are expected to take part in the activities organized by the institute. AMC PhD candidates are kindly requested to complete the AMC Who’s who in research pages. How to complete these pages can be found on the AMC intranet.

PhD candidates at FGB and Faculty of Sciences, VU

FGB PhD candidates fall under the requirements of the FGB graduate school. More information about this can be found on the FGB graduate school’s homepage. PhD candidates at the Faculty of Sciences fall under the Faculty of Sciences’ requirements. The requirements set by Amsterdam Movement Sciences training are covered in these, but PhD candidates should note that the events organized by the institute are compulsory.

PhD candidates at VUmc

The PhD trajectory must be started in Hora Finita. To get access to Hora Finita, please mail with the following information:

  • full name and initals, affiliation and mail address of PhD candidate;
  • full name and initals, academic titles, affiliation and mail address of supervisor(s);
  • full name and initals, academic titles, affiliation and mail address of co-supervisor(s);

The PhD candidate will have to to complete an AMS training plan and an AMS work plan. After completion these should be uploaded to Hora Finita as part of the admission to the PhD trajectory. The training part should comply with the requirements set out in the AMS implementation plan.

VUmc (Faculty of Medicine) has assigned the training of PhD candidates to the research institutes. The AMS compulsory courses (2) (3) and training requirements are as follows:

Scientific Integrity 2 ECTS (minimum)
Research Methods, e.g.: Advanced methodology (BEW RMA) or statistics (EpidM) 1 ECTS (minimum)
Any relevant course transferable skills (e.g. Scientific Writing) 1 ECTS (minimum)
Congress visit (1 ECTS without presentation / 2 with) 1 ECTS (minimum)
AMS events (PhD meetings; Annual meetings; Colloquia) 1 ECTS (minimum)

In addition the following courses are compulsory (if applicable):

BROK course (for trajectories involving medical patients) 1 ECTS (minimum)
Laboratory Animal Science (for trajectories involving animal studies) 2 ECTS (minimum)

Elective parts:

Work visits to institute abroad p.m.
Specific training at hospital/health centre p.m.
Professional courses to be decided by PhD cand. and supervisor p.m.
Any relevant transferable skills courses p.m.
Grant writing course (recommended for PhD candidates who want to pursue a career within academia) 1 ECTS (minimum)

The annual AMS research meeting, PhD day and VUmc SED give the following credits per meeting

Participation AMS Research meeting, PhD day and/or VUmc Science Exchange Day # of ECTS
Participation with abstract, poster, as speaker and visitor (=Plus programme) 1.5 (maximum)
Participation with abstract, poster and as visitor (=Whole programme) 1.1
Participation with abstract, poster and as speaker 1.3
Participation as visitor only (workshops, posters and oral presentations) 0.2
Participation with abstract and poster 0.9 (0.4 + 0.5)

Scientific Integrity

AMS fully supports the work to improve any ambiguities surrounding scientific integrity. If any questions arise in this matter, you are kindly requested to contact the ombudsperson for your faculty, an overview of which can be found below.

If you are in need of discussing issues surrounding your PhD trajectory in a confidential and independent setting, the institute has an ombudsperson for PhD candidates. Mail if you have no-one else to turn to and are in need a private conversation about (the progress of) your project.

Below you will find the names of the ombudspersons for the different partners within AMS and how to get in touch with them. Do not hesitate to contact one of them, should you consider it necessary.

You may also want to watch the movie made by Leiden University in 2016, on the topic of research integrity, called "On being a scientist". The fictional film tackles major issues in modern science around ethics and integrity and the shades of gray around these topics that scientists may encounter on a daily basis. The movie was initiated by prof. Bas Haring of the Leiden University, and professionally produced.

1) Note that the courses on offer in the master that are not given by AMS institute members are not covered by this agreement.
2) All courses must be at least on MA-level, unless otherwise discussed with supervisor and approved by the institute.
3) You are free as to where you want to take the course, as long as this is approved by your supervisor and the institute.