Information & contact

Mission statement

The mission of the doctoral schools is to support PhD candidates and postdocs in becoming excellent internationally oriented research professionals who are broadly employable, both in and outside the academic sector.

The doctoral schools encourage junior researchers to take their career into their own hands and provide them with opportunities to work on their professional and personal development. Training, coaching, online tools and career development resources are offered, using the competency overview for PhD holders as a guideline. Furthermore, the doctoral schools aim to increase the social cohesion between junior researchers, strengthen their international orientation and provide a clear structure to monitor the quality of the PhD trajectory.

PhD introduction day

Twice a year, a 'PhD introduction day' is organized. The next edition will take place on November 22, 2022.

As the title suggests, this day is meant to welcome recently started PhD students. You will receive information about doing a PhD at Hasselt University, the doctoral schools, research data management, and more.

In the afternoon, there will be round tables where you can ask questions regarding specific topics. Please watch the information videos for starting PhD students beforehand (available through this link), so you can determine on which topic you still have questions.

The programme is still subject to change:

  • 09:00-09:30  Registration
  • 09:30-09:45  Welcome by vice-rector of research
  • 09:45-10:00  Doing a PhD at Hasselt University (Dr Stefanie Kerkhofs)
  • 10:00-10:05  Introduction of the PhD council (Seppe Croonen & Ellen Verhulst)
  • 10:05-10:25  Well-being at Hasselt University (Agna Dodion)
  • 10:25-10:50  Doctoral schools: why and how (Dr Ilse Van Damme)
  • 10:50-11:15  Break
  • 11:15-11:35  Research Data Management (Dr Ulrike Kenens)
  • 11:35-12:15  Testimonies of PhD students
  • 12:15-13:45  Lunch
  • 13:45-14:45  Testimonies of PhD alumni
  • 14:45-15:30  Round tables (with Q&A)

Topics of the round tables are:

  • Doing a joint PhD
  • Ethics in doctoral research
  • Library support for doctoral research
  • Minimal requirements doctoral school
  • PhD regulations and procedures
  • Research data management (responsible treatment of data)


  • Campus Diepenbeek, building D, aula H6


  • You can register here until October 22, 2022
  • ZAP who wishes to participate in the morning programme can register here until October 22, 2022
  • While registering, you need to indicate which of the round tables you want to join. Please make use of the available information videos, in order to make an informed decision.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).


Please use the following generic email addresses in case of questions related to:

If you want to request acknowledgement of a certain activity in your DS portfolio, please follow the instructions as described here. The email address to be used in this context is

If the smooth course of the PhD trajectory or the collaboration between PhD student and supervisor is disturbed, both parties have the possibility to get in touch with the PhD ombuds by sending an email to