If you are experiencing problems, with your PhD trajectory or beyond, do not hesitate to seek help or support.
At the ILLC
Your main supervisor is the first person you can talk to about problems related to your PhD. However, if the nature of the problem is such that it cannot be discussed with any of your supervisors, there are other people at the institute you can get support from.
PhD Programme management
If you have doubts or questions about aspects related to the PhD Programne, for instance concerning regulations or opportunities for additional training or coaching, your first point of contact is Tanja Kassenaar, the programme coordinator. You may also contact the PhD Programme director, Raquel Fernández.
PhD Programme eValuation Committee (PVC)
Confidential issues related to supervision or to any other aspects of your PhD trajectory can be discussed with the PVC -- a committee consisting of members of the research staff at the ILLC who act as confidential advisers for PhD candidates. Should you have questions, complaints, worries, problems, etc. that you do not feel comfortable discussing with your supervisor, please feel free to contact one of the current PVC members. They can listen, give advice, refer you to others or take action if necessary. Whatever you discuss with these confidants will, of course, remain confidential. Involving a third party or taking action will only be done after receiving your explicit permission.
At the UvA
Confidential adviser for undesirable behaviour
The UvA aims to prevent and combat sexual intimidation, bullying, aggression, violence, stalking and discrimination. If you experience one of this problems, do not keep it to yourself and report it! Talk to a fellow PhD candidate, to Tanja Kassenaar, or to a PVC member. You can also get support from one of the University's confidential advisers for undesirable behaviour. Visit this page for more details on what you can do.
Academic integrity adviser
All those involved with teaching and research at the University of Amsterdam have an individual responsibility with respect to the maintenance of academic integrity. Prof. Hanneke de Haes can be approached for questions or complaints about academic integrity. If possible, she will seek to mediate or find a solution for the complaint, failing which she will refer you to the Academic Integrity Committee, where a formal complaint about a possible violation of academic integrity can be lodged. Prof. Hanneke de Haes' contact details as well as information on how to submit a complain can be found on the UvA page on academic integrity.
A survey conducted in 2015 by Uva Pro, the university-wide PhD council, has shown that PhD candidates are at risk of experiencing emotional difficulties during their PhD (you can find a report of the survey's findings here). If you feel upset or depressed, do not hesitate to reach out for help. PhD candidates can make use of the services provided by the Student Psyhologists Office. For an individual meeting or information on training specifically designed for PhDs, you can contact the office at 020-525 2599. An overview of workshops and training activities related to stress management and relief is available from this page.
The university doctor (bedrijfsarts) or your own GP can also offer confidential support for both physical and psychological issues. The contact details of the university doctor can be found here. If you need psychological help immediately, you may also contact the UvA student doctors at 020-5252878.