Doing research in the Netherlands

When you're looking for career opportunities outside your home country, it brings new challenges and your mind must be full of questions. In addition to an interesting vacancy and a new employer, you probably want to know more about the culture, habits and work environment of this new country. We want to give you all information you need when thinking about a career in research in the Netherlands.

Dutch research climate

Working in Dutch research and academia is very attractive. Dutch research and academia are of an exceptionally high standard. All research universities are highly ranked in the international standards and a broad variety of research subjects is being practised. In several disciplines, the Dutch scientific landscape is world-leading, such as the food sector, water management, (industrial) design and engineering.

Specifically, PhD candidates are treated differently compared to other countries; they are not perceived as students but as employees. This status gives them another more visible and responsible role within their university department.

FactCards: a guide about the Netherlands

Specially for our international visitors looking for a job in research and academia in the Netherlands, we have developed our platform FactCards.

FactCards provide information about five main subjects; arriving, living, studying, working and doing research in the Netherlands. Start browsing through all cards and information: