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Career prospects

Once you have successfully completed the Programme, you will have various career opportunities.

A small number of students who have followed the Programme, can apply for a fully subsidised four-year Meijers PhD position.

Other students who have completed their master’s specialization will have excellent references for a career in the academic world. Many of our Pre-PhD alumni now hold PhD positions at Leiden University or elsewhere. 

Reijer Passchier

Former participant Talent Programme

Reijer Passchier

'In all my positions, the knowledge and academic research skills which I acquired during the Talent Programme were indispensable'.

After taking part on the Talent Programme in 2011-2012, I became a lecturer and PhD candidate at the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law of Leiden Law School, Leiden University. On 9 November 2017 I defended my dissertation which dealt with informal constitutional change. After my time in Leiden, I moved to Tilburg where I worked for a year as a university lecturer in comparative constitutional law. Currently I am working as a member of the academic staff at the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR). In all these positions, the knowledge and academic research skills which I acquired during the Talent Programme were indispensable.

Frederik Behre

Former participant Talent Programme

Frederik Behre

'I recommend the Talent Programme to everybody that is interested in PhD research, but maybe not yet fully convinced about this prospect'.

After completing the LL.M. in European Law and the Talent Programme at Leiden University, I started the Meijers PhD position – co-funded by the Europa Institute. The experiences during the Talent Programme benefited me significantly for my current PhD research. The programme offered me the opportunity to reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of conducting a PhD research, a process that only strengthened my desire for doctoral research. As a PhD candidate at Leiden University, I have limited teaching obligations, I participate in the everyday tasks of the Europa Institute, and I have sufficient time to conduct my own research. I recommend the Talent Programme to everybody that is interested in PhD research, but maybe not yet fully convinced about this prospect.

Where are our alumni now working?

  • 22 % PhD position at Leiden University
  • 10 % PhD position elsewhere
  • 68 % Government or private structure

The above information concerns the alumni of the former Talent program

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