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

  • Internship grants of up to €5.000 for PhD candidates and €3.000 for MA students for projects linked to one of the UMCs. The grants are available until further notice (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 logo and text is printed on the back cover of the thesis according to specifications (click for the requirements);
    -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 insights 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 the 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
    VUmc (Faculty of Medicine) has assigned the training of PhD candidates to the research institutes. The AMS  compulsory courses[1] [2] 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 training and supervision plan (TSP) can be found here (LINK maken). The TSP musts be approved by the institute before the PhD candidate is admitted to the PhD trajectory. When you have completed your TSP and the Amsterdam Movement Sciences xl sheet (LINK Maken) please send them both to for approval.