AMC PhD Scholarships in Faculty of Medicine in Netherlands, 2014

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AMC Graduate School is offering PhD Scholarships for recently graduated MSc and MD students. This Scholarship enables students to set up a research project of their own design in the AMC research group of their own choice, with a self-selected PhD supervisor. The scholarship covers the costs of the salary of a PhD student as a Research Trainee (OiO) for a period of four years, plus limited additional research expenses (bench fee). Applicant must hold a degree in Medicine (doctoraal or MSc) or a master in Medical Informatics from the AMC. Scholarships are awarded for research in the Faculty of Medicine. The application deadline is April 21, 2014.

Study Subject (s): Research will lead to a PhD dissertation to be defended at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Amsterdam.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing PhD degree level at AMC Graduate School.
Scholarship Provider: AMC Graduate School, Netherlands
Scholarship can be taken at: Netherlands

Eligibility: -You hold a degree in Medicine (doctoraal or MSc) or a master in Medical Informatics from the AMC, which you obtained after January 1, 2013 or will obtain before January 1, 2015.
-Candidate hold a doctoral or MSc degree from another faculty or university, which you obtained after January 1, 2013 or will obtain before January 1, 2015, and you have taken a student research placement (wetenschappelijke stage, scriptie orwerkstuk) at the AMC, NKI, Sanquin, NIN-KNAW, or GGD Amsterdam, for which you obtained a good mark.
-As a candidate for a PhD scholarship, we expect you to demonstrate genuine talent for top quality research in medicine, in biomedical sciences or in health sciences, based on past achievements and plans for original future studies.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Dutch students can apply for these scholarships (Applicant must hold a degree in Medicine (doctoraal or MSc) or a master in Medical Informatics from the AMC ).

Scholarship Description: The overwhelming majority of PhD students in the AMC are paid employees, hired to work on existing research projects. In most cases, these students work on scientific topics conceived and developed by their PhD supervisor. But what if you want to follow your own ideas for research? What if you want to develop a research project yourself to get your PhD? If you have strong marks, a track record full of scientific promise, and ideas for innovative research, you could consider applying for an AMC PhD Scholarship. Each year, the AMC Graduate School for Medical Sciences awards a number of outstanding, recently graduated MSc and MD students with a PhD scholarship. This Scholarship enables students to set up a research project of their own design, in the AMC research group of their own choice, with a self-selected PhD supervisor (provided he or she agrees, of course).

Number of award(s): In 2014, six AMC PhD Scholarships are available.

Duration of award(s): Scholarships are offered for four years.

What does it cover? The scholarship covers the costs of the salary of a PhD student as a Research Trainee (OiO) for a period of four years, plus limited additional research expenses (bench fee). If the total cost of the planned project is likely to exceed this amount, the PhD student and the PhD supervisor will need to secure additional funding from other sources. The candidate is offered a four-year staff contract with the AMC or AMC Medical Research BV. This is a full-time position with an average of 36 hours a week, with pay and conditions in line with university standards for a Research Trainee (OiO). The AMC PhD Scholarship is a personal award, not a departmental one. If the PhD student leaves the AMC or abandons the approved project before the end of the four-year term the scholarship lapses. In case another personal grant is secured to fund the PhD research, the AMC scholarship can be partially converted into a travel grant for a period of six months.

Selection criteria: All applications will be evaluated by a selection committee consisting of five members, appointed in consultation with the President of the AMC Research Council, and chaired by the chair of the Board of the AMC Graduate School. Having checked that the formal requirements have been met, the committee will consider the originality and quality of the research proposal, its feasibility and practicability. After this first round of deliberations, a selected number of candidates will be invited for an interview. The final candidates are then recommended to the AMC Executive Board. In making these nominations, the committee seeks to achieve a fair balance across the many areas of research at the AMC. The final decision on the award of the AMC PhD Scholarships rests with the AMC Executive Board.

Notification: The scholarships are formally presented to the successful candidates by the Chairman of the Executive Board at the AMC Awards Ceremony on June 17, 2014.

How to Apply: To apply for a PhD scholarship, you must submit the following documents:
-the PhD Scholarship Application Form 2014, including a research proposal;
-a letter explaining your reasons for applying and how you fulfil the requirements;
-your curriculum vitae, including the course transcript of your Master’s degree or equivalent (cijferlijst) and a list of your publications;
-written confirmation from your intended PhD supervisor (promotor) that he or she is willing to act in that capacity;
-references or letter(s) of recommendation, if available.
-The PhD Scholarship Application Form 2014 can be found here. The research proposal can be prepared jointly with your intended PhD supervisor, who must sign it for approval. The Form includes a description of your research project, the name of the AMC department at which you wish to work, the name of the PhD supervisor, and a budget with the estimated total costs of your research, including the proportions to be met from the scholarship and from elsewhere, such as the department or external sources.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is April 21, 2014.

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