Information for registered PhD students

1. Your PhD studies step by step

The Antwerp Doctoral School offers guidlines which give you information on every step you should take in your path towards a PhD, starting with the admission to the PhD program and ending with the defence and the PhD diploma. All (administrative) issues involved in each step are explained. Click to open the guidelines.
Every year in the month of October, the Faculty of Applied Economic Sciences informs new PhD students on these guidelines. Click to open the powerpoint of this informative session for new PhD students. The representatives of the researchers also made a powerpoint, which you can find here.

2. Antwerp Doctoral School: Rights and duties, regulations

An accepted PhD student will join the Antwerp Doctoral School. In the webpages of the Doctoral School you will find information on the procedure and regulations which apply to all PhD students of the University of Antwerp.
In addition to these general UA-regulations, the Faculty of Applied Economic Sciences has specific regulations for its PhD students. You should also check these specific regulations.

3. A joint or double PhD?

A joint PhD is a doctoral degree that is prepared under the guidance of professors from two different universities (from Flanders or abroad). The PhD is only defended at one of both universities, but the PhD student will be awarded a diploma by both institutions. However, not every PhD being prepared under the guidance of professors from different universities is a joint PhD. There are specific conditions. The PhD student must have carried out research for a period of six months at least in the partner institution (this may be spread over several stays) and needs one member of each partner institution in his/her jury.  Furthermore, an agreement between the partner universities needs to be drafted for every joint PhD. We speak of a joint PhD if one title is issued by both institutions (usually on one document). In a double PhD, two different titles are awarded (can be on one or two documents). To make things even more complicated, the generic terms for both types of PhD’s, is also “joint PhD”. Click for more information on a joint or double PhD.

4. Doctoral Study programme

As described in the administrative scenario and the regulations of the Antwerp Doctoral School, a PhD student should succesfully complete a doctoral study programme. This programme is structured both by the general PhD regulations of the University of Antwerp and the faculty's regulations. The Antwerp Doctoral School offers courses which help you acquire general competences. More specific courses are offered by the Faculty of Applied Economic Sciences.  

5. Educational grant and bonus for PhD students

Within the framework of the Doctoral Study Programme, PhD students should not only participate in the activities which are organised by the faculty or the departments. The PhD student can also participate in training programmes, summer schools, congresses, etc. in Belgium and abroad. In order to encourage and support this initiative, the Doctoral Study Programme puts a specific budget at the disposal of each PhD student, who can apply for it. Over the full period of his PhD, students can apply for an 'educational grant'. In addition to this 'educational grant', the PhD student can also apply for a one-time only 'educational bonus'. You will find more details and the necessary application documents on the website of the Antwerp Doctoral School. If you have questions on the grant and/or bonus, you can contact Ms Sandra Verheij (administrative coordinator PhD Faculty of Applied Economic Sciences) or the coordinator of the Doctoral School.

6. How to finance your PhD project?

Prospective and/or registered PhD students can be financed by several means:

  • Research and teaching assistant. These positions are financed by university means and are announced in a vacancy. The PhD student will divide his/her time between education & guidance of students and PhD research. Some vacancies require a sound knowledge of the Dutch language. Check the open PhD positions/vacancies at the faculty of Applied Economic Sciences.
  • Research assistant or Doctoral grant holder financed by research funds. Researchers can hire PhD students to participate in research projects. In this case, the PhD student will be financed by research funds from within or outside the university.These positions can take two forms: Research assistant or Doctoral grant holder ('dehousse grant', cf. point 6). The positions are announced in vacancies. Check the open PhD positions/vacancies at the faculty of Applied Economic Sciences.
  • In collaboration with their promoter, PhD students can also apply for funding at the FWO, IWT and/or CIM. Click for more information on these sources of funding (only in Dutch):

7. Doctoral grant or 'Dehousse-grant'

Some PhD students are working on a research project with a doctoral grant or 'dehousse grant'. Click to open the Dutch version of the regulations on this grant (only available after log in, if you do not have access, you can contact Ms. Sandra Verheij). Click to open the English version of the regulations on this grant (only available after log in, if you do not have access, you can contact Ms. Sandra Verheij). 

8. Contact

If you have questions after checking the information mentioned above, you can contact Ms Sandra Verheij, the administrative coördinator of the doctoral study programme of the Faculty of Applied Economic Sciences.

Other contact persons:

9. Background information

Click for more information on the academic and administrative structure of the faculty of Applied Economic Sciences.