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Interested in starting PhD studies at the University of Antwerp

If you are interested in doing PhD studies at the Faculty of Applied Economics of the University of Antwerp, you should check the following information:

1. Administrative scenario for a PhD student (step by step guide of the Antwerp Doctoral School)

This scenario informs you on how to become a PhD student, admission and enrolment, language regulations etc.

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 UAntwerp-regulations , the Faculty of Applied Economics has specific regulations for its PhD students.

3. 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 general courses that help you acquire the necessary 'general' competences . But the Faculty of Applied Economics offers its own doctoral study programme which is related to you research topic.  More information on the FAE doctoral study programme is available through the left side menu.

4. You consider starting a joint or double PhD

A joint PhD is a doctoral degree that is prepared under the guidance of professors from two different universities (Flanders or abroad). The PhD is 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 an appointed promotor of each partner institution.  Furthermore, an agreement between the partner universities needs to be drafted for every joint PhD. We speak of a joint PhD if one joint diploma is issued by both institutions (bearing both PhD titles). In a double PhD, two different diploma's are awarded. 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.

5. How to finance your PhD project?

  1. 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. Most of these vacancies require a knowledge of the Dutch language.
    • 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.  The positions are announced in vacancies.
    • In collaboration with their promoter, PhD students can also apply for funding of certain official funding agencies. More information on these fundings can be found on the website of the Department of Research Affairs & Innovation.
  2. You can finance your project by your own means.

6. Contact

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