PhD opportunities

Please find below our current ‘PhD opportunities at CAPHRI’ that are made available by CAPHRI’s senior staff. The proposed PhD projects fit the topics of the Research lines of CAPHRI. These vacancies are offered on the self-funded, no supervision fee basis.

A doctoral degree from Maastricht University is prestigious. CAPHRI will therefore only accept the most serious, talented and ambitious candidates of whom they are confident that they will succeed in acquiring the doctorate degree. Candidates need to demonstrate their motivation, have a background that fits to the proposed research and dispose of sufficient financial means to support themselves as well as their research.

If you are interested in becoming part of our external PhD candidate community and are eligible for the doctoral degree (you must have Master’s degree as stated in the UM Regulation governing the attainment of doctoral degrees), you can apply by sending a motivation letter to the senior supervisor (contact person). Please also include your CV, demonstrating your suitability for the proposed project based on prior education, research experiences and English writing and communication skills. Having published a scientific paper in an international peer-reviewed journal will increase your chances of being accepted.


The senior supervisor will assess the quality of your application and match to the proposed project. If positive, you will be invited for a (telephone or online) interview. If the supervision team has confidence that a PhD can be completed successfully, the candidate will be registered at CAPHRI.

CAPHRI does not charge a fee for enrolment nor supervision and has no compulsory PhD training programme. An external PhD candidate at CAPHRI will receive distant supervision by email, telephone, and/or skype by a team of supervisors, comprised by the senior supervisor. The supervision team consists of researchers who have expertise on the proposed topic. A local supervisor (PhD) can be added to the supervision team if the senior supervisor agrees. Training options of the PhD candidate will be tailored to the project after discussion with the supervision team. External PhD candidates generally do the research abroad (in the country of origin or where they are employed) and should be prepared to come to Maastricht one or several times during the project for supervision and training. Please note that external PhD candidates should provide for their own income and living expenses. Therefore, they generally perform their PhD studies alongside a (full-time or part-time) job, or have already obtained a scholarship.

After registration, the external PhD candidate will develop the preliminary project proposal into a Personal Research Plan and draw up a Training and Supervision Plan, to be submitted 12 weeks after the start of the PhD trajectory.

PhD opportunities: projects 

"Timely application of palliative care by enhancing prognostic accurancy" 

"Working mechanisms of a tailored print communication and a telephone motivational interviewing intervention to change lifestyle among older adults"

 The BMJ-CAPHRI PhD programme: Responsible conduct of publishing scientific research