University of Groningen

Pre-doctoral programme Indonesia 2019

Three Dutch universities: Groningen, Leiden and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam have joined forces this year to organize a first ever Pre-Doctoral programme in Indonesia for future and potential Indonesian PhD candidates at Dutch universities.

This intensive one-week Pre-Doctoral programme will take place at Erasmus Training Centre (ETC) in Jakarta, Indonesia from 24-28 June 2019.

The Pre-Doctoral course  is specifically designed to meet the needs of a Doctoral-level international student. The aim is to support incoming and future Indonesian PhD candidates to have better preparation for their PhD trajectories. The Pre-Doctoral course is the perfect stepping-stone to a prestigious Dutch Doctoral degree.

Over the years, we have witnessed an increasing need of PhD candidates to develop research skills and competences, reinforce academic writing skills in English, and boost presentation skills in order to successfully commence their PhD trajectory.

With this intensive programme we aim to prepare PhD candidates for the start of their PhD trajectories in the Netherlands, by equipping them with necessary research, academic writing and soft skills to face upfront PhD research challenges. The programme is suitable for PhD candidates who intend to do a PhD in the Netherlands in the near future, but also for PhDs who already have been accepted to Dutch universities and are going to come to the Netherlands to commence their training and research.

The programme is well balanced with a module on life in the Netherlands, Dutch culture in general and the Dutch academic system. This makes the move and transition to the Netherlands easier and faster.

The programme consists of 4 modules:

  1. Academic English Writing: development of advanced writing and academic English skills.
  2. Academic Competences: development of innovative research skills.
  3. Soft Skills Training: communicating and presenting research inmultiple ways and to varied audiances and promoting research for maximum outreach.
  4. Dutch Crash Course: social and cultural exploration of the Dutch culture and language.

This course has a limited number of places and is aimed at industry professionals and Indonesian students/researchers who are looking to apply for a PhD but who need support in developing their research proposal, and familiarising themselves with the Netherlands doctoral research system.


  1. Master degree certificate or similar;
  2. Research proposal draft (up to 800 words, 1 page);
  3. Certification IELTS 6.5+ or similar;
  4. A complete updated CV.


  • Course date: Mon 24 - Fri 28 June 2019
  • Schedule: 09:00-1700 WIB
  • Group size: 20+ participants
  • Course language: English
  • Location: Erasmus Training Centre, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Course fee: IDR 4.000.000, including course materials, certificate & ETC merchandise.
  • 50% Discount for PhD candidates at VU Amsterdam, Groningen University & Leiden University.
  • 25% Discount Early Bird Promo (6 May 2019)

For more information please contact: or WhatsApp +62 811 870 217.

Register now!

Complete applications must be received no later than 1 June 2019.

  1. Download the application form and complete all sections.
  2. Gather the required documents and send it to
  3. Your application will be screened and we will be in touch within five working days to confirm if you are eligible to attend the course.