The road towards getting your PhD is not always an easy one. But you don’t have to go it alone! The PhD advisors at the Doctoral School are there to help you with problems regarding time management, supervision, loneliness, stress, insecurities… basically any problem that may occur during your PhD. If indicated, the PhD advisor will refer the PhD candidate to other authorities, such as the Amsterdam UMC Scientific Research Counsellor, a mediator or an external confidential counsellor. Our PhD advisors Jordi and Mandy both have a PhD and a training in coaching. In one or more sessions they will use their experience to give you tools to tackle your problems. Contact them by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordi Cabanas-Danés: “During my career as PhD candidate and later as postdoctoral fellow, I have always been interested in the persons behind the researchers, and what are the challenges they need to overcome. After completing my training as coach in 2019 I decided to join the Doctoral School as PhD advisor. During conversations my approach begins with genuinely listening and connecting in an accessible yet safe environment. Once your objective is clear, I will guide you further to discover your own unique tools to cross the bridge towards solutions.”
Mandy X. Hu: “I completed both my PhD and coach training in 2018. As a PhD advisor I can do what I love (consulting and coaching) and work with the people with whom I have affinity (PhD candidates). During conversations my strategy is to dig to the core of the problem, increase awareness, and empower to make authentic choices. In this way, I believe, not only the quality of the PhD trajectory may improve, but the quality of other aspects of life - not in the least, the relationship with yourself :)”
Fenneke Blom is the confidential counsellor (vertrouwenspersoon) specifically for PhD candidates for issues related to undesirable behavior at the workplace (such as bullying, verbal or physical violence, discrimination etc.) and general integrity issues. You can e-mail Vertrouwenspersoonpromovendi@amsterdamumc.nl directly or be referred by the PhD Candidate Advisor
Scientific integrity counsellor:
Occupational health service:
Peer to peer group coaching
Sometimes you would like to discuss something with a peer. However, it might be difficult to discuss this with your direct colleagues as e.g., they may be involved. Peer to peer group coaching (which is called intervisie in Dutch) is a way to discuss these issues in a safe environment within a small group of PhD candidates (read blog 9: The power of peer coacing)
ASAP is a platform created for and by PhD candidates at the Amsterdam UMC. ASAP represents PhDs at the Amsterdam UMC and organizes a broad spectrum of social and informative events
Support for supervisors
Are you a PhD supervisor and in need of a consult? We are also there for you! Contact us at email@example.com
Every month the PhD advisors will blog about their experiences here:
- Blog 11: Why do we act so weird around positive feedback?
- Blog 12: Bigger than our Ego?
- Blog 13: Eye-openers on assertiveness
- Blog 14: New Year and New Beginning – Letting go of old stories
- Blog 15: Tick Tock – The weight of time in a PhD trajectory
- Blog 16: Let's strive for imperfection
- Blog 17: It’s time to lift these labels
- Blog 18: Let it rain
- Blog 19: Human biases when assessing risks
- Blog 20: Why we should abandon 'shoulds'
- Blog 21: Give me a break of this break!
Are you curious about the Doctoral School findings regarding advice & support? Please check our fact sheets here :
Find an overview of whom to contact when you need help during your PhD here:
What happens with the information discussed during an advice/coaching session with a PhD advisor? Read about this here: