After the public defence, the diploma file is drawn up and awarded. Postdoctoral researchers can receive career advice and further training at the Talent Center.

1. Preparing and awarding the diploma

1. Preparing and awarding the diploma

After your PhD defence, your diploma file will be prepared. A diploma file consists of:

  • the diploma;
  • the diploma supplement;
  • a general explanation regarding the Flemish system of higher education;
  • the certificate of the doctoral study programme (except in case of an exemption);
  • certificate supplement of the doctoral study programme (this is drawn up by the Antwerp Doctoral School - except in case of an exemption).

The preparation of your diploma file takes time, it will not be provided immediately after your defence. For more information, please contact Tine Leonard.

Preliminary certificate

While you are waiting for your official diploma file, your faculty's education administration can issue a provisional certificate for you which can be used to apply for jobs or to enrol at other educational institutions.

PhD diploma duplicate

It is possible to receive a duplicate of your PhD diploma. However this is never the authentic file, so please make sure to scan your original diploma file and maybe also keep some extra copies!

Translation of PhD diploma

If you need a translation of your PhD diploma, please find all necessary information on the website of the diploma administration.

2. Talent Center for early-career researchers

Talent Center: nurturing the pipeline of current and future talent

The University of Antwerp is an engaged employer for all its employees, irrespective of the duration of their contract. Based on an HR policy that is grounded on motivating its employees, the university aims to invest in lifelong employability. This mission forms the basis of the Talent Center (HR Department): we aim to encourage and support early-career researchers in a pro-active management of their (future) career. For this purpose, the Talent Center organizes career counseling, training and networking initiatives that focus on career development and are tailor-made to early-career researchers.

More information can be found on the Talent Center website.


Talent Center
Campus Middelheim - building C
Middelheimlaan 1
2020 Antwerpen

Career coach academic staff
Training Officer

3. Jobs for postdoctoral researchers

Jobsites of dutch speaking universities in Belgium

Jobsites of french speaking universities in Belgium

Jobsites dutch speaking university colleges in Belgium

General and/or international jobsites with vacancies for academic positions