About LEO

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 working with the PhDoc representatives of 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. 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.

How to get in touch with LEO?

LEO is open to questions, complaints and opinions of all PhD candidates: contact us, make use of our knowledge and experience, and keep us informed of what is going on across the University. Complaints and opinions that are sufficiently serious may be addressed by LEO in our meetings with the rector or the University Council. For issues that concern one Faculty specifically, we have a network of contact people around the University. Our email: info@leoleiden.nl

We also have a Facebook page. When you join this group, you will receive Facebook invitations to our monthly PhDrinks, and other social activities. The Facebook group is also a good place to communicate with the board or other PhD candidates.

Why become a member of LEO?

LEO is a resource for all PhD candidates. Nevertheless, we make a distinction between members and non-members. Members are kept better informed of the activities of LEO and are regularly asked for their opinions. LEO membership is free, so don’t hesitate to subscribe.

We would like all PhD candidates to become members of LEO. By joining, you support the Leiden PhD Association. The more members we have, the better able we are to represent all PhD candidates. We are very keen on our members lending us a hand: the board members have a dissertation to write just like everyone else, so we aim to distribute the work over as many people as possible.