Your supervisor will guide you throughout the entire PhD process. Therefore it is of great importance that you choose a supervisor who has the expertise in your field of research. Expertise at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel can be found through the search engine provided here. A supervisor always needs to be an active ZAP-(Zelfstandig Academisch Personeel - Independant Academic Personnel) member of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He or she can be supported by one or more other supervisors and/or co-supervisors. In this case the first supervisor carries the main responsibility. The other supervisor needn't be members of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, they do however need to carry the title of "Doctor".
The supervisor is obliged to guide and stimulate the PhD student throughout the PhD process. The PhD student has the same obligation towards his/her supervisor. In order to clarify the expectations of both parties, the "profile of a good supervisor" was drawn up by the Research Council (OZR). This document is used by the PhD Progress Monitoring Commission (CDO) in their yearly assesment of the PhD project. The commitment between supervisor and PhD student is ratified by the "Research registration Form" that needs to be filled out by both the supervisor and the PhD student with every re(appointment).
I want to become a PhD student at the VUB? Does the Central PhD Office provide grants for my research? You are of course welcome to do PhD research at the VUB. You will find more information about the road to the PhD here. Unfortunately, the Central PhD Office does NOT provide research grants.
The Doctoral Schools aim to provide a distinctive framework for the Doctoral Training Programme and, in so doing, increase the visibility of doctoral research and enhance its image, both within and outside the academic world. Several faculties are associated with each Doctoral School and they join forces to organise the Doctoral Training Programme. Each Doctoral School is headed by a Director responsible for the day-to-day management of his or her Doctoral School. The Director will consult with the faculties involved and the other Directors in order to determine Doctoral Training Programme policy and content. For more information click here or consult the Doctoral School Regulations.
Upon enrolment as a PhD student, you automatically (and without additional costs) become a member of one of the VUB's three Doctoral Schools, which means you can partake in the Doctoral Training Programme. Membership of a Doctoral School does not automatically imply the participation in the Doctoral Training Programme. That choice is free for all (unless your Faculty decides otherwise).
The Doctoral Training Programme enables you to follow many kinds of activities such as regular course units, specialized course units, workshops, doctoral seminars, summer schools, master classes, etc. Activities at both VUB and UGent are usually for free, there are however a few exceptions. Furthermore, you have the opportunity to have all your research related activities acknowledged such as publications, participation in conferences and presentations, supervising activities, etc. More information can be found here.
Upon enrolment as a PhD student, you automatically (and without additional costs) become a member of one of the VUB's three Doctoral Schools, which means you canpartake in the Doctoral Training Programme. You can check whether your Doctoral School membership has been registered on your student card. Normally the card should state your Doctoral School. If this is not the case, please contact the Student Administration Center.
For an overview of various types of research funding click here. They may be arranged according to deadline, institution, or nature (e.g. doctoral grants or postdoctoral appointments). The Research & Development Department site also contains a wealth of information for (junior) researchers. Make the most of it!