Scholarships for PhD students: an interim evaluation of a Dutch policy experiment.

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We analyse a policy experiment that allows universities to offer scholarships to their PhD students, alongside the more customary model of offering them an employment contract. The key question is whether the experiment so far has had any adverse effects on the research climate for the PhD students (their status, income position, supervision and integration in the research group). In doing so we compare the different types of PhD students and conclude that the PhD scholarship students receive the same treatment as other PhD candidates in terms of supervision and research facilities. Moreover, they feel at home in the research group.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2019
Event41st EAIR Forum 2019: Responsibility of Higher Education Systems: What? Why? How? - Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands
Duration: 25 Aug 201928 Aug 2019
Conference number: 41


Conference41st EAIR Forum 2019
Abbreviated titleEAIR
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  • Doctoral education
  • scholarships
  • research climate
  • policy evaluation


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