PhD Workshop China Dutch Virtual Event

Date & time

Friday Nov 20, 10:00-14:00 CEST
Saturday Nov 21, 10:00-14:00 CEST
Sunday Nov 22, 10:00-14:00 CEST

Meeting slots

Timeslots are 20 minutes for the interviews

I'm interested

This virtual PhD Workshop takes place from 20 November to 22 November and is exclusively for Chinese postgraduates and Dutch institutions, professors and recruiters. During the virtual fair you can visit the booths of the participating Dutch universities, join presentations and have your one-on-one video interview. This all takes place online and you can join the event from home, how convenient!

>> Please note: use Firefox or Chrome browser on a laptop or dekstop computer to be able to participate in this event.

This is your opportunity to talk with your possible future Dutch PhD supervisor about your research ideas. Take your chance to have a 20 minutes' one-on-one interview!


  • A master's degree (or soon obtaining).
    In the Netherlands a master’s degree is obligatory to start a PhD. You can only participate in this event if you have a master’s degree or if you soon obtain a master’s degree. If you have a bachelor’s degree you can not participate and can not apply for an interview. 
  • A good level of English, a TOEFL/IELTS certificate (or soon obtaining)
    To communicate with your Dutch and international colleagues you need to have a good level of English.  Most Dutch universities require a TOEFL score of 80 and higher or IELTS of 6.5 and higher. You do not need to speak or write Dutch, all your research can be done in English and Dutch society’s second language is English too.
  • Own funding, a CSC scholarship (or willing to apply for a CSC scholarship)

    This event is only for Chinese master’s students who can bring their own funding or willing to apply for it. The China Scholarship Councel (国家留学基金管理委员会) is the primary institution to apply for funding for your 4 year full PhD abroad. All Dutch universities are in the top world rankings and are eligible as a hosting organisation. Your professor will be glad to assist you with your application and refining your research proposal.

  • An up-to-date English CV and research statement

Attending delegates

Jeroen Sparla


To be announced

Maastricht University, All fields

Prof. Dr. Andreas Freise

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Physics, Optics

Rina Koning

University of Groningen, Economics and Business

Prof. Dr. Ir. Kees van Gestel

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Ecotoxicology

If you meet all requirements and want to get the chance to have a one-on-one interview with a Dutch professor or university recruiter, you can start your registration from October 8th onwards here. To join the event you need to create an account on AcademicTransfer, upload your CV, complete your profile information and write a draft research proposal.   

After registering for the event, Dutch professors will review the CV’s, proposals and profiles of all the potential candidates. The professors decide who they invite for a personal video interview. If you are one of the lucky candidates who receive an interview invitation, you will get an e-mail with all login information for one of the fairdays 20-22 November. Only candidates with an interview invitation can access the virtual fair.