Becoming a PhD student

Finding a PhD Program that fits your scientific interests

If you are ambitious, have a MSc degree, a Certificate of Proficiency in English and a passion for science, you may find LUMC the ideal environment for obtaining a PhD based on in-depth (scientific) knowledge.

Find a thesis advisor

Of course you are looking for a PhD program that fits your scientific interests. Equally important, however, is a match with your Thesis Advisor and the people in the research group, given it will take you at least 4 years to conduct your PhD research and finalize your thesis with (peer-reviewed) articles. If you are interested, have a look at our departmental research programmes and feel free to contact one of our researchers for more information, or talk to the current PhD students in the group.

LUMC (PhD) vacancies

The LUMC offers people opportunities to discover, develop and use their talents for the continuous improvement in the quality of healthcare. For PhD students we have recently opened a PhD portal with specific vacancies.


Leiden University has a number of scholarships available for prospective PhD students to allow them to study in Leiden. Study in Holland also provides information about scholarships and offers practical information about studying here.           

International employees

Moving to a new country to work involves many challenges. These pages and the International Desk (Loket Buitenland) intend to help international LUMC employees find their way in the LUMC and get to know the Dutch regulations.