The aim of the PhD workshop is to create a supportive and intensive event over four days, which will provide opportunities to share experiences and give constructive feedback to each PhD candidate from both tutors and other candidates.  Six senior mentors will act as facilitators to guide presentations and lead critical reflection by candidates.

The workshop will be held between Saturday 5 to Tuesday 8 July 2014, at Uilenburg, a rural conference centre 2km from the edge of Delft. The town can be reached by bike (10 min) or by foot (40 min). There is a lake for swimming possibilities nearby – if we have good weather!

The programme will include plenary sessions with interactive lectures and discussion and small group meetings where PhD candidate work will be examined in detail. We will be covering the nature of a PhD, comparing varying forms; research design, methods and methodologies; the use of theoretical frameworks in planning research; dissemination and publication; the relationship between supervisor and PhD candidate; ethical issues in research and societal relevance career development and post-doctoral work.

The event will provide plenty of opportunity for social interaction among the participants and help to establish contacts that will endure long after the event. We will be able to accommodate 40 participants and the venue is suitable for people with disabilities.  

The deadline for application and abstract submission is 28th February 2014.

Applicant should complete the application form and submit this together with their abstract. The forms are available for download:

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, and must follow the template provided. 

The application form requires a statement of motivation that explains how you will benefit from participating in the workshop.

AESOP provides a limited number of bursaries to offset some costs for those who would not be able to attend for reasons of financial hardship. If you wish to apply for a bursary please make this clear in your motivation letter and explain the circumstances that make this necessary for your attendance.

Please note that there are always more applications than places and we are keen to ensure that we select those who are most likely to benefit. Because of the demand for places participants of previous workshops are not eligible to apply. Also, each year some candidates who are offered a place are not able to attend which denies a place to others. Please be sure that you are available for the date of the workshop and that you have the support of your department. 

Application forms and abstracts should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) The local organising committee and mentors will assess applicaitons. 

You will be informed of our decision before 1 April 2014.

Successful applicants must submit a paper of about 6,000 words (excluding references) by 31 May, to Ana Maria Fernández Maldonado (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The paper will include an introduction, the aims of the research and what contribution it makes, an explanation of the main literature and theoretical sources, the methods you have or propose to use, an outline of any findings so far and a reflection on the key issues that you face in completing the research.

Participants will present their paper in small group sessions for about 30 minutes. The usual projection facilities will be available for slides.

Participants will also read and review the paper of one other member of the group, and provide a constructive criticism and questions. The reader will lead on the discussion with the mentor. The job of the reviewers is to consider the clarity of objectives and explanation of the research, the appropriateness of methods and the coherence of the research overall.

Successful applicants who want to attend the main congress will need to register through the AESOP online registration system. In case you are accepted to attend the PhD Workshop you will receive a special registration link for free registration for the AESOP 2014 congress. Application and registration for the PhD workshop is made directly to TU Delft as explained above.