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LEO Leiden


Survey of Leiden PhD candidates shows differences in working conditions between internal and external PhD candidates. In 2012 the Leiden PhD association (LEO) conducted a survey amongst its members in order to determine Leiden PhD candidates’ job satisfaction. Read more...


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Leiden PhD Association

LEO aims to provide a platform for PhD candidates at Leiden University. We organize social events, represent PhD-specific interests, and maintain contact with other PhD organizations.

About ten years ago the PhD candidates of Leiden University first organized themselves in an interest group: the "Leids Promovendi Overleg" (LEO, don't ask about the acronym...). Today, we, as LEO, still make sure that the opinions of PhD candidates are heard throughout the University; and this accounts for anyone who is writing a PhD thesis at Leiden University, regardless of his or her official position or employment.

LEO can influence decision making at the University through its presence in the University Council and through meetings held regularly with the Rector Magnificus. By working together with the PhD candidates Network of the Netherlands (PNN) we even have a nationwide influence, for example through contacts with the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) and the Ministry of Education.

What can LEO do for you?

LEO wants to make sure that PhD candidates get the information they need. This information may be about rights and duties, but also about such questions as how to find a good printer. Twice a year we send each PhD candidate who joins LEO our periodical called Thesis. Up-to-date information is posted regularly on this website.

It is LEO's belief that most PhD candidates want to do more than just research during their time in Leiden. Particularly foreign PhD candidates may be interested in our social activities, but even for "locals" it can be enjoyable to meet fellow PhD candidates from other fields. To this end, LEO organizes a monthly "borrel" called PhDrinks, where you can meet fellow PhD candidates and get some inside hints on living and working in Leiden.


Welcome to LEO website!

Become a LEO member here.

Join our Facebook group here.

Check out the Leiden University PhD Portal here.

Coming Events


Thursday 23rd of October 2014
Café 't Keizertje
Kaiserstraat 2, Leiden

National PhD Day

21st of November
From 13:00 to 19:00 
Campus Den Haag