Starting a PhD

Admission requirements, finding a vacancy / potential supervisor, practical steps for registration, funding of phd fellowships, admission requirements for starting a phd.

  • A  Master's degree  (or an equivalent higher education degree) that is relevant for the doctoral research;
  • Distinction (= cum laude)  based on your study results or professional realizations.

On the basis of your curriculum vitae, the Faculty Doctoral Committee will decide whether you are admitted to the doctoral programme or not, or whether you are accepted for the predoctoral training programme. (Cf. Admission and Enrolment as described in Subsection 3 of the University Doctoral Regulations )

There are four possible scenarios:

  • You are admitted to the doctoral training programme
  • You are admitted to the doctoral training programme, but you will need to meet additional requirements at the end of your first year PhD . This can be a language test, course work, provisional manuscript/defence...
  • Pre-doctoral status :  you first need to follow a pre-doctoral training for a maximum period of 24 months and pass this with distinction, prior to starting the doctoral programme.
  • You are not admitted

In principle, the PhD positions on the KU Leuven jobsite already have financing available (via the PhD supervisor). 

Each position has a link at the bottom to apply online. You will be asked to fill in an online application ("esollicitatie"). All complete applications will be automatically submitted to the corresponding supervisor of the project for assessment. Possibly the corresponding supervisor will contact you to request additional information. 

If the corresponding supervisor selects you for the position, the HR contact person in your department will initiate your personal file. You will receive emails with further instructions and we will keep you informed about further steps. 

  • If you have your own research proposal in mind, start your search for a potential supervisor in your field of interest by scrolling the  organisational chart . This will give you an overview of the various research departments at KU Leuven. All departments have their own websites. It is also possible to view the research expertise of each professor by clicking on their name .
  • Alternatively, you can also check  the key research areas at KU Leuven   to find a supervisor. To make contact with a potential supervisor,  email your research proposal, motivation letter, CV and a copy of your study results directly to them. Good luck!

Practical steps for registration FOR THE DOCTORAL TRAINING

As soon as you have found a supervisor who is willing to support your PhD application, you need to apply for academic admission to the doctoral programme.  This requirement applies to all candidate PhD researchers!  This academic admission is unrelated to your staff or student category or your funding source. Without admission, you will not be able to enrol as a doctoral student.

How to register?

  • Your first contact person to start your registration as a PhD student is your supervisor . Contact him/her to start your registration process. He/she will in turn contact the HR person ('HR beheerder' or 'HR ondersteuner') in your research department who will create an electronic PhD application file for you. The HR contact person will be the single point of contact for your application file and will have an overview on the flow of your application process. 
  • As soon as your electronic file has been created, you will get an email request to complete your application (via the email address you provided to your supervisor). You will have to add additional information in the PhD application tool and upload some PDF documents such as a recent CV and a copy of your Master diploma.
  • You will get an email as soon as you received the academic admission to enrol as a PhD student at the Registrar's Office . 

If you are interested in doing your doctoral training at 2 universities, please check the information about our  joint/double degrees .

The Doctoral School does not provide any funding.

Doctoral candidates have several  options for funding a PhD fellowship :

  • Financing via the supervisor
  • Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Vlaanderen (FWO) : fellowships and travel grants
  • Scholarships for incoming international (PhD) students

PhD Programmes

The Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences has a large community of young PhD researchers. Interested in pursuing a PhD at FaBeR? Learn more on this page & our doctoral school website!

Doctoral school

Requirements

  • A Master's degree (or an equivalent higher education degree) that is relevant for the intended doctoral research.
  • Distinction based on your study results or professional realizations.

If you do not meet these requirements, you may be admitted with a provisional or pre-doctoral status.  

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Finding a vacancy

Take a look at the KU Leuven jobsite . If you find an interesting vacancy, please follow the online application instructions. 

  • If you have your own research proposal in mind, start your search for a potential supervisor in your field of intereset by scrolling the organisational chart . 
  • Check  the key research areas at KU Leuven to find a supervisor.

How to register?

First contact your supervisor to start your registration process.

  • Your supervisor will contact the HR person in your research department who will create an electronic PhD application file for you. 
  • The HR contact person is the single point of contact for your application file and will have an overview on the flow of your application process
  • You will receive an email request to complete your application
  • You will get an email as soon as you received the academic admission to enrol as a PhD student at the Registrar's Office.  

Interested in a joint/double degree? Check the information here.  

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Doctoral Studies

Doctoral studies at the institute of philosophy.

Are you interested in scientific research, then you can start a doctorate after your studies. A doctorate offers you the opportunity to focus intensively on one specific scientific problem for a number of years and thereby fully develop your talents and skills.

With some 35 professors and 120 doctoral students, the Institute of Philosophy is among the largest research groups in philosophy on the continent. 

Doctoral programme

  • Admission to the doctoral programme
  • Registration as a doctoral student
  • Doctoral programme requirements
  • Progress reports
  • Current PhD students

Supervision of doctoral studies

  • Charter for the PhD researcher and the supervisor
  • Supervisory committee
  • Annual doctoral interview
  • Ombudsperson
  • Person of trust
  • Joint doctorate  (Cotutela)
  • Doctoral Programme: Stein De Cuyper
  • Chair of the Doctoral Committee: Helder De Schutter
  • Secretary of the Doctoral Committee: Stein De Cuyper
  • Doctoral Officer: Grant Ramsey
  • Ombudsperson: Stefaan Cuypers

Doctoral defense & career

  • Doctoral defense
  • Current defenses  
  • Doctoral officer
  • Placement records

Where to find funding?

  • Doctoral scholarships and fellowships
  • Organizing conferences, workshops and seminars
  • Extensive overview of research funding: GeDOCumenteerd
  • Research allowance offered by the doctoral program

Useful links for PhD students

  • Thesis title page template (Word, 55 kB)
  • 'My PhD' (manual)
  • Minimal HR registration of PhD 
  • Research Integrity Course for starting PhD's
  • Competence profile for doctorandi
  • Doctoral seminars
  • Institute of Philosophy - PhD regulation

More information

  • Doctoral School Humane Wetenschappen
  • Doctoral studies at KU Leuven
  • Doctoral studies in Flanders

For (Prospective) Doctoral Students

This page offers information on how to start, fund, and complete doctoral studies at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies. With about 150 full- or part-time doctoral students, from more than 60 nations, our Faculty offers doctoral researchers first-rate training in one of the largest and most diverse theological faculties the world over. 

Core Team Research

  • Joris Geldhof (Vice Dean - Coordination)
  • Hector Patmore (Project Orientation)
  • Ellen Van Stichel (Trajectory Guidance)

Research Secretariat : Ingrid Wouters , Evelien Denecker

OFFICE HOURS Research Secretariat : OPEN: Monday: 9 - 12 a.m., Thursday and Friday: 2 - 4 p.m. CLOSED: Tuesday and Wednesday

ADDRESS Research Secretariat : ​​​​​​ Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies Sint-Michielsstraat 4 box 3100 BE-3000 Leuven, Belgium (first floor, room 01.17) ( + 32/16/32 38 73 E-mail

Research Path Counsellor and Ombudsperson

Completing a PhD

Phd administration, dissertation and defense, further information.

A PhD at the Faculty of Science

If you want to remain at the forefront of innovative research.

Guidelines and regulations

  • regulations and guidelines ADS
  • roadmap to a PhD
  • facultary additions
  • ADS news for PhD students
  • educational programme for PhD students

Interesting links

  • diversity policy
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  • the Harrasment Help Desk
  • the YouReCa Challenge
  • Skills training in science outreach activities (transferable skill)
  • certificates outreach activity

Information for supervisors

  • ADS news for supervisors
  • dress code public defence

More videos: Science@Movies

We aim to support female scientists in realising their potential and have therefore set up a mentoring programme.

Register as a mentee or a mentor!

Mentoring programme

For PhD students who want to get their science outside the laboratory.

When science is more than a passion alone.

Publications

More information about Open Access policy, who to contact, FAQ.

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What is a PhD in architecture?  

The doctoral degree is the highest degree conferred by a university. The title or ‘doctor’ of ‘PhD’ is typically awarded on the basis of a dissertation or design portfolio which forms the result of original and rigorous research carried out by the candidate. Read more .

Image: Manon Persoone - Critical cartography: mapping the urban wastewater landscape of Flanders (2022)  

To start your PhD 

  • How to start a PhD (ADS)
  • Requested documents for applicants (admissions)
  • Joint PhD (ADS)

During your PhD 

  • Roadmap to a PhD (ADS)
  • Regulations and guidelines (ADS)
  • Skills and competencies (ADS)
  • My Doctorate application in KU Loket (ADS)
  • Milestone submission deadlines 2023-2024
  • Charter on teaching activities

Finalising your PhD 

We developed a very useful manual to guide you through the final stage of your PhD, please contact [email protected] .

Contact and info:

  • PhD administration
  • Facultaire doctoraatscommissie
  • Ombuds / counselor for doctoral students
  • Department of Architecture

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PhD student: efficient pore network simulation of porous building materials

(ref. BAP-2024-87) Laatst aangepast: 22/02/24

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Pore-scale simulation is a progressively developing approach for research on fluid flow in porous media.  For complex pore structures, these simulations typically make use of pore networks, wherein the pore structures is simplified to a network of pore bodies connected by pore throats.  In building physics, for example, such pore network modelling is applied to numerically compute - instead of experimentally measure - the moisture storage and transport properties of building materials.  Building materials however often come with a (very) complex pore structure, which typically translates to pore networks with millions to billions of pore elements.  That high number of pore elements renders the pore network modelling of moisture storage and transport computationally very expensive, up to the point where current algorithms can no longer accomplish the task.

In this PhD project, the computational optimisation of pore network modelling of hygric properties of building materials is the central objective.  Concerning the simulation of transport properties, this will target the enhancing of the numerical solution procedure for very large systems of equations, e.g., one mass balance equation for each pore body.  Regarding the storage properties, this project will aim at the improvement of the graph analysis of the networks, e.g., the determination of pathways for the moisture and air present in the network.  We are looking for a PhD student with knowledge and insight in computational mathematics (numerical linear algebra, high-performance computing) and computer science (graph algorithms) and with a strong interest in engineering applications.  This project will be supervised by prof. Stefan Vandewalle ( Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics section of the Department of Computer Science) and prof. Hans Janssen (Building Physics & Sustainable Design section of the Department of Civil Engineering).

This project focuses on the computational simulation and optimisation of pore network models of hygric properties of building materials. Your research experience should hence center on both software and hardware solutions for high-capacity numerical simulations . You should have a strong desire to apply your knowledge to an industrially relevant application. Independence and initiative, reliability in team work and good communication skills are similarly valuable.  Finally, a suitable knowledge of spoken and written English is strongly required.

The project start is intended for September 2023.  In your motivation letter, you should clearly state when you can start. You can apply while currently being a MSc student, but you have to have obtained your MSc degree before the date of appointment.  When elaborating your study curriculum with rankings in your CV, please make sure to include a concise explanation of how course grades are generally given and how specific grades should be interpreted.  In your CV, suggest two reference persons, and include their contact details (email and telephone number).

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Regulation concerning the attainment of doctoral degrees at the KU Leuven, supplemented with the Particulars of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies

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Subsection 0. Preamble

Article 0. preamble.

§1. These regulations concern the general requirements for attaining the university degree of doctor at the KU Leuven. Only if there are no specific provisions in these regulations, the Education and Examination Regulations also apply.

§2. Definitions: the terms and committees referred to in these regulations will be used as defined in these regulations.

§3. Communication with potential legal significance must be submitted in writing (preferably by email). If so desired, communication with the doctoral ombuds can be in person.

§4. In principle, the committees concerned decide collectively. If a collective decision cannot be reached, the majority vote decides. In the event of a tie the chairperson decides.

Subsection 1. Preliminary provisions

Article 1. scope.

The following topics are addressed: (1) preliminary provisions, (2) doctoral school and doctoral committee, (3) admission and enrolment, (4) supervision and progress, (5) doctoral programme, (6) thesis and public defence, (7) interdisciplinary degree, (8) joint PhD degrees, and (9) doctoral ombuds, appeal procedure and disciplinary regulation.

§2. Within the framework of these general regulations, the executive committees of the Groups can draw up and approve supplementary regulations if so advised by the respective doctoral schools and the Research Coordination Office. A supplementary regulation stipulates more specific provisions (hereinafter called "Particulars"). The "Particulars" are supplementary to the general provisions but shall in no case be incompatible. Additional provisions are not possible for Subsection 7 "Interdisciplinary degree" 'and Subsection 8 "Joint PhD degrees". Once a year, each executive committee of the Groups compiles all the changes to the supplementary regulations and puts them on the agenda for notice at the Executive Board and the Academic Council.

Article 2. Concept

The purpose of preparing a thesis and of the doctoral programme at KU Leuven is to train a researcher so they can contribute independently to the development of scientific knowledge. The thesis must demonstrate the capacity to create new scientific knowledge on the basis of independent scientific research.

The learning outcomes in the doctoral preparation, leading to the PhD, are stipulated in the Codex Hoger Onderwijs Art.II.141 5°:

  • “the systematic understanding of a discipline and the ability to master skills and research methodologies in that discipline,
  • the ability to design, develop, execute and adapt a wide-ranging research process with the integrity expected of a researcher,
  • a contribution to moving the frontiers of science by performing original research in the shape of a wide-ranging body of work, part of which is worthy of a nationally or internationally peer-reviewed publication,
  • the ability to critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise new and complex ideas,
  • the ability to communicate with colleagues in the same discipline and in the wider scientific community both nationally and internationally and in society as a whole about the area in which one has expertise,
  • the ability to deliver an innovative contribution within an academic and professional context, leading to technological, social or cultural advances in a knowledge society."

Article 3. PhD researcher

§1. The PhD researcher is expected:

  • to conduct original and scientific research under the supervision of one or more supervisors and optionally one or more co-supervisors (see  Subsection 4 ).
  • to successfully complete the doctoral programme (see  Subsection 5 ) with the aim of (i) expanding and deepening the knowledge of the PhD researcher within the research domain and (ii) acquiring various skills that will advance the quality and efficiency of doctoral research and promote the future professional career of the PhD researcher, within or outside the university.
  • to write and successfully defend a thesis in public (see  Subsection 6 ).
  • to adhere to the rules of scientific integrity.

§2. The PhD researcher complies with the provisions laid down in these regulations and its "Particulars" (see art. 1 , §2). The charter of the PhD researcher and the supervisor is also in force as an appendix to these regulations. The PhD researcher also complies with the other internal regulations of KU Leuven. If the PhD researcher has a staff category (as an employee or as a PhD scholarship holder), the regulations of these staff categories and the regulations and contractual obligations imposed by the relevant funder also apply.

§3. The PhD researcher is responsible for the administrative follow-up and documentation of the progress of the doctorate, via the KU Loket application "PhD progress”. 

Subsection 2. Doctoral School and Doctoral Committee

Article 4. doctoral school.

Each executive committee sets up a doctoral school at the level of the Group.

The responsibilities of the doctoral school include:

  • organising and assuring the quality of the doctoral programme in partnership with the doctoral committees (see  Subsection 5 ),
  • ensuring doctoral efficiency,
  • assessing the interdisciplinary nature of the doctoral research in the context of the application for starting an interdisciplinary degree (see  Subsection 7 ),
  • concluding partnership agreements in the context of joint PhD degrees (see  Subsection 8 ),
  • monitoring the activities of the doctoral ombudspersons (see  art. 26 ),
  • increasing the visibility and recognisability of doctoral research at KU Leuven with the aim of attracting research talent.

Article 5. Doctoral committee

The executive committee of the Group or the faculty council assemble a doctoral committee at the level of every faculty. The doctoral committee consists of members of the senior academic staff (ZAP) and representatives of the PhD researchers. The membership must represent the various research domains within the faculty.

The responsibilities of the doctoral committee include:

  • authorising the enrolment of PhD students (see  art. 6  and  art. 8 ),
  • authorising the enrolment of predoctoral students, stipulating the content and scope of the predoctoral exam, and evaluating whether the predoctoral exam has been passed (see  art. 7 ),
  • approving the composition of the team of supervisors (see art. 11 ) and the supervisory committee (see  art. 12 ) and giving advice about the composition of the examination committee (see  art. 17 ),
  • monitoring the progress reporting (see  art. 13 ),
  • deciding to stop the doctoral process, excluding the specific competence assigned to the ad hoc committee (see  art. 26 ),
  • deciding whether the doctoral programme has been completed successfully (see  Subsection 5 ),
  • authorising a collaboration leading to the awarding of a joint PhD degree (see  Subsection 8 ),
  • in the exceptional situation that a supervisor does not agree with the thesis, granting permission to the PhD researcher to submit the dissertation to the examination committee (see  art. 18  §5),
  • taking note of the anonymised report from the doctoral ombudsperson (see  art. 26 ).

Particulars of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies:

§1. The composition of the doctoral committee shall be as follows:

  • the vice dean for research, also chair of the committee;
  • one or two additional members of the faculty board with a policy brief regarding research;
  • the chairs of the research units (or their substitute);
  • the head of the research secretariat;
  • one representative from the junior and associate academic staff (AAP+BAP);
  • representatives of the PhD students and the postdoctoral researchers, one for each research unit. The representatives are elected for a period of two years, once renewable. It is ensured that the composition of the representatives is diverse.

Are invited as observer: the dean, the vice dean for education, the vice dean for international affairs, and the doctoral ombuds.

§2. The representatives of the PhD students and the postdoctoral researchers do not take part in the meetings of the doctoral committee when it meets as admissions committee, i.e. when it discusses applications for admission, when it takes decisions regarding individual dossiers, and when it acts as an examination committee.

Subsection 3. Admission and enrolment

Article 6. admission requirements.

Together with the future corresponding supervisor (see  art. 11 ) the candidate requests permission from the doctoral committee of the faculty to which the corresponding supervisor is affiliated to enrol as a PhD researcher. The candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Either (1) the candidate must hold a Flemish Master’s degree relevant to the doctoral research or an equivalent higher education degree, and also have obtained at least a distinction or have distinguished him/herself with high-quality scientific publications or design-oriented achievements,
  • Or (2) the candidate must have passed the predoctoral exam with the degree of distinction (see  art. 7 ).

The candidate must also have sufficiently mastered the language of the discipline in order to be able to participate actively in the research.

Candidates, who meet the following conditions for admission, may be admitted to the doctoral programme in theology:

  • Either the candidate has obtained the degree of Research Master: Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion awarded by the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies.Or the candidate has obtained both of the faculty-issued degrees of Master in de theologie en religiewetenschappen and Master in de gespecialiseerde studies in de praktische theologie: academische pastoraatsopleiding. Or the candidate holds a second-cycle degree in theology awarded by another Belgian or foreign university. In this case, the faculty’s admissions committee, in consultation with the doctoral committee, examines the content of the studies followed by the candidate. Direct admission to the doctoral programme is only possible if the two committees are able to establish a sufficiently high degree of similarity and quality between the Research Master and the programme followed.
  • The candidate can present good study results, i.e. cum laude or equivalent across the whole line, including the master thesis, of the Research Master - or the Master and the Master in de gespecialiseerde studies - or of the equivalent master programme. The candidate must have obtained a minimum grade of 14/20 for the master thesis.
  • The quality of the PhD project submitted by the candidate meets all quality requirements and its embedding in the respective research unit is guaranteed.
  • All documents related to application for admission shall be submitted on time, online and at the research secretariat. The submission dates set out in the faculty calendar serve as a guideline. Incomplete files will not be submitted to the doctoral committee.
  • A well-considered positive advice from the research unit to be admitted to the doctoral programme is required. These recommendations must be submitted in writing to the Research Secretariat one week before the admission meeting.

Candidates, who meet the following conditions for admission, may be admitted to the doctoral programme in religious studies:

  • Either the candidate has obtained the degree of Research Master: Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion awarded by the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies. Or the candidate has obtained the degree of Master in World Religions awarded by the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies plus an academic master's degree in a non- theological discipline. Or  the candidate has obtained both of the faculty-issued degrees of Master in de theologie en religiewetenschappen and Master in de gespecialiseerde studies in de praktische theologie: academische pastoraatsopleiding Or the candidate has obtained an academic master's degree in a non-theological or religious sciences discipline that is compatible with the proposed doctoral research in terms of both theme and method.
  • The candidate can present good study results, i.e. cum laude or equivalent across the whole line, including the master thesis, of the master programme. For master theses written at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, the candidate must have obtained a minimum grade of 14/20.
  • There is a considered positive advice from the research unit to be admitted to the doctoral programme. These opinions must be submitted in writing to the Research Secretariat one week before the admission meeting.

Article 7. Predoctoral period and predoctoral exam

The doctoral committee can invite a candidate to take a predoctoral exam if they are insufficiently convinced of the relevant academic and professional suitability and/or prior knowledge, and they deem it necessary for the candidate to obtain additional qualifications before being allowed to start the doctoral programme and doctoral research.

§1. The predoctoral exam assesses the suitability of the candidate to obtain the degree of doctor. The predoctoral exam is taken after a predoctoral period in which the candidate can acquire further skills by following specific course components, and developing a research project. The doctoral committee decides on the content and scope of the predoctoral period and the predoctoral exam.

§2. During the predoctoral period the candidate must enrol as a predoctoral student.

§3. For candidates from EEA countries (European Economic Area) the predoctoral period lasts a maximum of one year. For candidates from non-EEA countries, the predoctoral period lasts a maximum of two years.

§4. The predoctoral period ends with a predoctoral exam. The doctoral committee decides whether the candidate has passed the predoctoral exam. Candidates who pass the predoctoral exam with distinction are authorised to enrol as a PhD researcher. Candidates who do not pass the predoctoral exam with distinction can obtain a certificate of ‘research specialisation’ for the course components that were successfully completed.

Article 8. Enrolment

The PhD researcher is obliged to enrol every year as a PhD student . The initial enrolment can go ahead once the doctoral committee has given its authorisation (see art. 6 ). A PhD researcher with a doctoral scholarship or a research and teaching assistant position with doctoral finality, must enrol at the latest on the day that the scholarship or research and teaching assistant position begins.

The PhD researcher pays  course fees  at the first enrolment and in the academic year during which the public defence takes place. The interim enrolments are free of charge. Re-enrolment depends on a progress report approved within the previous year.

§1. After four years - and six years in the case of part-time doctoral studies - each PhD student must obtain explicit permission for re-enrolment. To this end, the following conditions must be met: (i) the form for re-enrolment after four (or six) years has been truthfully completed and signed by the PhD student and the supervisor; (ii) the supervisor and the members of the supervisory committee have approved and signed the annual progress report; (iii) the supervisor has informed the research unit’s chair of the application for re-enrolment after four (or six) years.

§2. Applications for re-enrolment shall be dealt with by the doctoral committee in its composition without representatives.

Article 9. Start of the doctoral period

The doctoral period starts at the beginning of the doctoral scholarship or the research and teaching assistant position with doctoral finality, and for others on the date of the first enrolment as a PhD researcher (see  art. 8 ).

Article 10. Duration of the doctoral period

A PhD researcher with a full-time research assignment obtains the doctoral degree in principle within a period of four years.

Subsection 4. Supervision and progress

Article 11. supervisor and co-supervisor.

§1. The PhD researcher is supervised by one or more supervisors, one of whom is appointed as corresponding supervisor. One or more co-supervisors can also be assigned. In total there can be no more than four (co-)supervisors.

The (co-)supervisors are jointly responsible for monitoring the substance of the doctoral project  and the material and intellectual climate in which the PhD researcher develops and conducts their research project. The (co-)supervisors have a stimulating, coordinating, and evaluating role throughout the doctoral process. In addition, the (co-)supervisors should ensure that the PhD researcher can also acquire other skills as part of their programme which are essential from a career perspective, so as to be able to move smoothly to another position, within or outside of the academic world, after the doctoral programme. Each (co-)supervisor signs the charter of the PhD researcher and the supervisor .

§2. Despite this joint responsibility of the (co-)supervisors, the following distinctions may be made upon the basis of a difference in contributions and formal qualifications:

  • The corresponding supervisor and the other supervisors each make a substantial contribution to the doctoral project as such.
  • The corresponding supervisor acts as a contact point, bears the final responsibility for the supervision of the doctoral project, and coordinates the team of (co-)supervisors.
  • The co-supervisors make additional substantive contributions to the doctoral research.

§3. The corresponding supervisor and the other supervisors belong to the permanently appointed senior academic staff of KU Leuven. ZAP with provisional appointment can be supervisors if the suspected duration of their appointment is at least four years from the start of the doctoral period. Tenure track ZAP and ZAP appointed with the prospect of a permanent appointment are equivalent to permanent ZAP and can therefore be supervisors. Persons with the title ‘special guest professor in the arts’ can act as the supervisors of PhD researchers in the arts.

The corresponding supervisor is affiliated to the faculty in which the doctoral degree is awarded. A motivated exception can be requested ad hoc, per doctoral project, from the executive committees of the Group in question.

If the corresponding supervisor leaves KU Leuven during the doctoral period, a new corresponding supervisor is appointed.For emeritus/a professors  the terms and conditions for being a supervisor are described in the  emeritus professors’ policy  of KU Leuven.

§4. In principle, co-supervisors have a doctorate. The doctoral committee may allow an exception to this on the basis of specific competences

§5. The (co-)supervisors are appointed by the doctoral committee. In order to change the composition during the term of the PhD, the current and future members, together with the PhD researcher, submit a reasoned request for change to the doctoral committee for approval.

Article 12. Supervisory committee

The doctoral committee appoints a supervisory committee for every PhD researcher at least one month before the first progress report (see  art. 13 ). The supervisory committee consists of the (co-)supervisors and at least two other members. The doctoral committee ensures that the supervisory committee is sufficiently diverse, and doesn't consist exclusively of members of the same research group. The corresponding supervisor ensures that no conflicts of interest arise. The composition can be changed during the doctoral programme.

The responsibility of the supervisory committee is to monitor the progress of the doctoral research by means of the annual progress report (see  art. 13 ). The PhD researcher or (co-)supervisors can also appeal to the members of the supervisory committee for additional discussions.

§1. At least two names of suitable members of the supervisory committee shall be proposed when the application for admission to the doctoral programme is submitted. In principle, these members must hold a doctorate. Their profile and expertise must be suitable for the subject matter and/or research method of the doctoral project.

§2. The doctoral committee will appoint the members of a supervisory committee. Such members will commit themselves to (i) contributing to an optimal research environment for the PhD student; (ii) evaluating and approving the annual progress reports; (iii) carrying out the second-year evaluation according to the plans of the research unit within which the PhD project runs; (iv) where appropriate, advising on re-enrolment in the PhD programme after four or six academic years.

§3. The members of the supervisory committee are not automatically members of the doctoral examination committee.

Article 13. Progress reports

The first progress report takes place at the latest one year after the start of the doctoral period and consists of an oral or written presentation on the research undertaken or still to be done. The results determine whether the doctoral programme and the preparation for the thesis can be continued or not. The evaluation takes place on the basis of two criteria: (1) the progress made in the doctoral research, and (2) the advances made in academic ability and research maturity by the PhD researcher.

Subsequently the PhD researcher reports on an annual basis on the progress of the doctoral research, and in addition, if required, when applying for or extension of a scholarship or mandate.

Every progress report is validated by the (co-)supervisors , and assessed by the other members of the supervisory committee. The result is substantiated and recorded in writing and sent to the PhD researcher and the doctoral committee.

The supervisory committee may advise to stop the doctoral process in case of insufficient (expected) progress. In that case, the PhD researcher has the right to express their comments regarding this advice in writing and to submit it to the doctoral committee within seven calendar days following notification of the supervisory committee's opinion. These comments are added to the report of the doctoral committee. If the PhD researcher wishes to initiate a mediation procedure with the doctoral ombudsperson (see art. 26 ), this must be done within seven calendar days following notification of the opinion of the supervisory committee.

§1. The annual progress reports will be submitted by means of the faculty standard forms provided for this purpose. The PhD student and the supervisor are jointly responsible for its timely submission, including the evaluation by the members of the supervisory committee.

§2. Every year, the doctoral committee is informed of progress reports which have not been submitted (on time) as well as progress reports which are assessed negatively by the supervisory committee. In these cases, the chair of the doctoral committee inquires, together with the chair of the concerned research unit, what is going wrong. Based on a discussion with the respective PhD student and the supervisor(s), a decision can be taken to remedy the situation or to discontinue the PhD.

Failure to submit the preliminary report on time or a negative assessment of it may result in a decision not to renew annual enrolment in the PhD programme.

§3. Two years after the start of the doctoral project, and if applicable, before the application for renewal of a grant or a mandate, a thorough and officially organised evaluation of the research must take place. In the case of part-time doctoral studies, it is agreed on a case-by-case basis when the 'second-year evaluation' will take place.

This evaluation is carried out by the members of the supervisory committee under the chairmanship of the chair of the research unit where the research is conducted (or his/her replacement). For the purpose of this second-year evaluation, the PhD student shall submit on time a written document sufficiently representative of the research conducted, e.g. a draft of a first chapter of the thesis or of a scientific article, in addition to a detailed progress report.

The evaluation itself should be done on the basis of a session where the PhD student has the opportunity to respond to the questions and comments of the members of the supervisory committee, which then acts as evaluation committee. After this session, the committee members evaluate the quality of the research and the progress of the project. They also deliberate on its continuation or discontinuation. However, the latter can only be finalised after a clear and feasible remediation path has first been established. As a rule, such a remediation path lasts a maximum of one year and a new evaluation moment is held according to the modalities described above.

The chairs of the research units, who chair the second-year evaluations, report annually in writing to the chair and the other members of the doctoral committee on the results of the second-year evaluations.

Subsection 5. Doctoral programme

Article 14. doctoral programme.

§1. The doctoral programme is obligatory and must be successfully completed before the PhD researcher is permitted to submit the thesis and defend it in public.

§2. The doctoral programme consists of a truncus communis (see art. 15 ) and a supplementary part (see  art. 16 ). The PhD researcher can only complete the doctoral programme if all the elements of the truncus communis are completed. The doctoral committee can on an individual basis grant a (partial) exemption of the doctoral programme or set a substitute assignment, on the basis of a motivated application by the PhD researcher and in consultation with the (co-)supervisors.

§3. The PhD researcher reports to the doctoral committee on the progress made within their doctoral programme. On the basis of this report, the doctoral committee will decide whether the PhD researcher has completed the doctoral programme.

§1. The PhD student has to upload the attestations accompanied by the necessary supporting documents via the appropriate KU Loket applications into the electronic milestone system on a regular and timely basis. The research secretariat ensures administrative approval.

§2. Subject to the approval of the doctoral committee, parts of the doctoral study programme can be followed at other national or foreign universities or other scientific research institutions, in particular those which the faculty has set up joint ventures with.

Article 15. Content of the truncus communis

The truncus communis consists of at least the following elements:

  • the writing of at least one scientific publication at an international level or a similar achievement at an international level. By a publication at international level is meant: a peer-reviewed contribution (journal article, contribution to a book, conference proceedings, patent, design) about their own research and written in the language of the discipline. The contribution is aimed at an international audience. In order to be able to successfully complete the doctoral programme, the contribution must be published or be accepted for publication,
  • giving at least two seminars, either about their own research, or on a more general theme,
  • giving at least one oral or poster presentation at an international scientific conference,
  • following at least one seminar series or course component specifically organised for PhD researchers,
  • following the course component "Scientific integrity for starting PhDs" during the first year of the doctoral programme.
  • reporting on the progress of the doctoral research as specified in  art. 13 .

The executive committees of the Groups can add more specific provisions or additional components to the truncus communis in their Particulars (see  art. 1  §2).

§1.(re 4.) A doctoral course can be organised either by the doctoral committee or by the research units. When determining its content, maximum account is taken of the professional development and needs of the PhD students.

§2. Each PhD student belongs to one research unit: Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology and the Study of Religions, Theological and Comparative Ethics, History of Church and Theology, or Pastoral and Empirical Theology.

§3. PhD students are obliged to participate in all meetings and additional initiatives such as congresses, guest lectures, expert seminars, etc. of their research unit. If the PhD student is unable to attend, the secretary and the chair will be notified. The annual progress reports will also report on the participation in the activities of the research unit.

Article 16. Content of the supplementary part

The supplementary part consists of additional activities and training that the PhD researcher follows as part of the doctoral research and/or as a preparation for a career within or outside the university. The PhD researcher is ultimately responsible for the supplementary part. The supplementary part should not be in conflict with the status of the PhD researcher and must not hinder the progress and quality of the doctoral research.

Subsection 6. Thesis and public defence

Article 17. examination committee.

§1. The Rector appoints an examination committee for every PhD researcher on the recommendation of the doctoral committee. The Rector may delegate this authority.

  • The chairperson of the examination committee belongs to the senior academic staff of the KU Leuven and is affiliated to the faculty which will award the doctoral degree. The chairperson does not belong to the same research group as the (co-)supervisors and the PhD researcher, and is not a member of the supervisory committee. The chairperson does not act as a direct evaluator and only in case of a tied vote the chairperson takes the decision.
  • At least one member of the examination committee does not belong to KU Leuven, nor, in the case of a joint degree (see art. 25), to the institution awarding the joint degree.
  • Members of the supervisory committee may be members of the examination committee.
  • The examination committee may not consist exclusively of members of the same gender, except in demonstrably special circumstances.
  • The corresponding supervisor ensures that no conflicts of interest arise.

§2. The responsibilities of the examination committee include:

  • evaluating the thesis (see  art. 18  and  19 ),
  • taking part in the public defence (see  art. 20 ),
  • deciding whether or not to grant the doctoral degree after the public defence (see  art. 20 ).

§1. The authority of the rector to appoint an examination committee is delegated to the doctoral committee.

§2. The doctoral committee proceeds as follows for the composition of an examination committee. In addition to the supervisor and, if applicable, the co-supervisor(s), an examination committee consists of at least three additional members. These may be members of the supervisory committee.

  • The supervisor hears the PhD student in connection with the composition of the examination committee and comes up with his/her own proposal, which is then checked off with the research unit’s chair.
  • The supervisor submits the proposal, by means of the research secretariat, to the vice dean for research, who ensures that the examination committee has sufficient expertise and independence.
  • The vice dean submits the proposal in writing to the members of the doctoral committee in its composition without representatives.
  • The members of the examination committee are appointed after the doctoral committee has approved the proposal.

§2. The chair of the examination committee is the vice dean for research or the dean. The chair of the examination committee is also the chair of the public defence.

Article 18. Thesis

§1. The thesis is an exam piece that must allow the examination committee to assess the quality of the doctoral research.

§2. The  regulations with regard to PhD thesis copyright  must be respected. Own publications can be included as a chapter in a thesis, in which case it should be indicated in which publication channel the research has already been published and what the PhD researcher contributed.

§3. The  regulations on intellectual property rights to research results  including copyright apply, and PhD researchers who do not receive a salary or scholarship from KU Leuven must sign a written agreement at the beginning of their doctoral research as specified in this regulation if the results of the doctoral research have to be protected.

§4. The Group or faculty checks the thesis for plagiarism, i.e. appropriation of the work (ideas, texts, structures, designs, images, plans, code, …) of others or of a previous work of the PhD researcher themself, in an identical or slightly modified form, without sufficient reference to the source. If plagiarism or any other breach of scientific integrity is identified in the thesis, the Group or faculty will inform the examination committee (see art. 17 ). If plagiarism or other breaches of scientific integrity are found in publications already published by the PhD researcher, the Group or faculty will also inform the Commission on Research Integrity .

§5. The PhD researcher submits the thesis after consultation with the corresponding and any other supervisors. If a supervisor does not agree with the thesis, the PhD researcher is still entitled to turn to the doctoral committee. The doctoral committee will ask for the opinion of the PhD researcher, the (co-)supervisors and the other members of the supervisory committee. Only if it considers that a supervisor's refusal is manifestly unreasonable, will the doctoral committee grant permission for the thesis to be submitted to the examination committee.

§1. The language of the dissertation is Dutch, English, French or German. Subject to a timely and well-founded application, the doctoral committee may allow the thesis to be written in another language. The main condition is that can be guaranteed that a suitable examination committee can be put together.

§2. As a rule, the size of the dissertation shall not exceed a total of 175,000 words, including footnotes. Well-founded exceptions, approved by the supervisory committee, may be submitted to the doctoral committee for approval. Care will be taken to ensure that such approval is obtained at least six months before the submission of the dissertation.

§3. It is allowed to defend a dissertation on the basis of a number of articles in international journals that work with a clear peer review procedure. These articles must, at the time of submission of the dissertation, have either already been effectively published or have obtained the status of 'accepted'. In the case of such a dissertation, care should be taken to ensure that there is a thematic unity, made explicit in a comprehensive introduction and/or conclusion.

Admission to obtain the doctorate on the basis of scientific articles requires a positive advice from the supervisory committee and the approval of the doctoral committee. If this approval is not given on the basis of the application at the time of admission to the doctoral programme, it must be obtained at the latest at the time of the second-year evaluation. A major consideration for the approval is the number of articles, which can never be less than four and which shall, in all cases, must be precisely detailed.

Article 19. Evaluation of the thesis

On the basis of the thesis the examination committee can take the following decisions:

  • the thesis is approved , possibly on condition that minor changes are made: the PhD researcher is permitted to publish the thesis and defend it publicly.
  • the thesis is approved on certain conditions : the PhD researcher must make changes to the thesis taking into account comments made by the examination committee and ensure that the adapted version is given to the examination committee for final approval. If, after the second assessment, the thesis is still not approved without reservation or with minor changes, it may be rejected definitively.
  • the thesis is not approved : the PhD researcher can submit a new or thoroughly amended thesis for evaluation by the examination committee in line with the above procedure. If the thesis is not approved after the second evaluation, it can be permanently rejected.

The chairperson sends the PhD researcher a written report giving an overview of the changes to be made, or the reasons for the thesis not being approved.

§1. Submission of the dissertation, abstract and accompanying theses

PhD students may submit their dissertation if the following conditions are met: (i) have been admitted to the doctoral programme for at least two years; (ii) have successfully completed the prescribed programme of the doctoral programme; (iii) have entered all their publications in LIRIAS.

The dissertation manuscript is submitted in full to the research secretariat, both a printed, unbound version and electronically. The electronic version serves, among other things, to screen the text for plagiarism. This is done using plagiarism detection software by an expert appointed by the doctoral committee.

Within three weeks of the submission of the dissertation, the doctoral student provides, with the approval of the supervisor, a summary of the dissertation and five accompanying theses. The summary shall contain no more than 500 words, the five theses together no more than 300 words. Three of the five theses express the main results of the research. In the other two theses, the PhD student demonstrates the broader relevance of his or her research to the whole of theology and/or religious studies, to other disciplines, or to the church, society and culture.

The abstract and accompanying theses are submitted to the research secretariat, which, upon receipt, provides them to the members of the examination committee for review.

§2. The reading of the dissertation and related theses

A copy of the dissertation, accompanied by a letter from the vice dean of research and/or the dean including the submission date of the reading report, is sent to the members of the examination committee. They are also contacted with a view to fix a date for the preliminary defence and the public defence. The latter is always subject to placet (cf. infra).

Within a period of six weeks after the composition of the examination committee by the doctoral committee - not counting holiday periods - the members of the examination committee deliver a written evaluation of the submitted dissertation and the accompanying theses to the research secretariat for the attention of the chair of the examination committee. For this, they use the guidelines provided to them by the research secretariat. Holiday periods are defined as: Christmas holidays and the period from the completion of the second regular examination period until the beginning of the third regular examination period. Exceptions to these arrangements must always be submitted to the doctoral committee.

Members of the examination committee independently submit a written reading report according to faculty guidelines to the research secretariat by the agreed date. In their reading report, they explicitly state a motivated final verdict: placet, placet iuxta modum or non placet nisi corrigatur. After receipt of the reading reports, these are forwarded by the research secretariat to all members of the examination committee.

§3. The assessment of the dissertation

The preliminary defence is the meeting of the examination committee at which the reading reports of the individual members are presented, with an interaction with the PhD student about his or her research, and at which approval is or is not given for the public defence of the dissertation. After the PhD student has been heard, the examination committee deliberates with  a view to a joint assessment. This may be one of the following three options.

  • Placet . The PhD student may publicly defend the dissertation in the form in which it was submitted. He or she is free to make some minor adjustments and corrections.
  • Placet iuxta modum . The PhD student may defend the dissertation, but only on condition that the examination committee has checked the changes it imposed. These changes can be made by the PhD student within a reasonable period of time.
  • Non placet nisi corrigatur . The PhD student may not defend the thesis in the form in which it was submitted. Additional research must be conducted first, according to the requirements imposed by the examination committee.

As part of the examination committee's discussion, the question of whether, and if so under what form, the dissertation can be published will also be addressed. It will also probe how the results of the research can be made available for science communication and for the faculty's research PR.

The follow-up of the joint final decision of the examination committee after deliberation during the pre-defence is done according to one of the following scenarios:

  • Placet . The chair of the examination committee communicates the decision to the PhD student immediately after the deliberation. If approved by the members of the examination committee, the reading reports, whether anonymised and/or edited or not, may be shared with the PhD student via the supervisor. If this is not the case, the supervisor shall provide a report synthesizing  the main findings and explaining the assessment.
  • Placet iuxta modum . The chair of the examination committee communicates the decision to the PhD student immediately after the deliberation. If approved by the members of the examination committee, the reading reports, whether or not anonymised and/or edited, may be shared with the PhD student via the supervisor. In any case, within three days of the preliminary defence, the supervisor provides the PhD student with a synthesis report, clearly stipulating the changes the PhD student must make and the timeframe within which the amended dissertation can be resubmitted. The amended dissertation is resubmitted to the examination committee, which only has to meet again if one or more members indicate that the amendments are insufficient. The modalities and timing of approval of the amended thesis, and thus admission to the public defence, have to be clearly agreed upon during the preliminary defence meeting.
  • Non placet nisi corrigatur . The chair of the examination committee communicates the decision to the PhD student immediately after the deliberation. If approved by the members of the examination committee, the reading reports, whether or not anonymised and/or edited, may be shared with the PhD student via the supervisor. In addition, the supervisor shall within a week edit a comprehensive synthesis report, explaining the decision and providing concrete guidelines for additional research and, if applicable, amendments to the dissertation. On the basis of this synthesis report, the PhD student reworks the dissertation within the maximum time limit of six months. Subsequently, the PhD student resubmits the dissertation according to the modalities described above in §1. Thereafter, the same examination committee meets again to judge whether the dissertation can now be defended publicly. The verdict can only be placet or non placet. Non placet means once and for all that the dissertation cannot be defended publicly. The decision to this effect is communicated immediately after the deliberation of the examination committee and explained to the PhD student by the chair.

Article 20. Public defence

§1. During the public defence the PhD researcher gives a short presentation about the thesis. Thereafter a discussion follows with the members of the examination committee. At the end the public is given the opportunity to ask questions.

The examination committee deliberates immediately after the public session and decides whether or not the PhD can be awarded the degree of doctor. A report is drafted and signed by all members of the examination committee present. The result is announced in public immediately after the deliberation.

§2. During the public defence, an integrity statement is pronounced by the chairperson of the examination committee. If plagiarism or any other breach of scientific integrity is identified after the doctoral degree has been awarded, this must be reported to the Committee of Scientific Integrity. In the event of serious fraud, the awarding of a degree can be rescinded along with any credit or other certificates and diplomas that have been awarded in association with the programme.

§3. Doctoral students who have successfully defended their thesis may, if the faculty or department provides for it in the details of the doctoral regulations, receive reimbursement of expenses in accordance with the manual " Operating Costs – Budgets for Doctoral Students ". Reimbursement is limited to the maximum amount specified in the particulars for the Group, department or faculty concerned.

§1. The preparation of the public defence

There is a period of up to six weeks between the preliminary defence and the public defence. The PhD student finalises the text of the dissertation, has it bound and submits six (or in the case of a co-supervisor) seven bound copies (book format, 16x24cm, recto/verso) at the research secretariat. Each of the bound copies contains a signed declaration of originality at the front. At the same time, the PhD student provides an electronic version of the final abstract and accompanying theses to the research secretariat. The PhD student also enters a PDF file of the final version of the dissertation via KU Loket in LIRIAS.

The members of the examination committee receive the final, bound version of the thesis about three working days before the public defence, if possible. For the attention of the chair of the examination committee, they communicate their individual assessment of the submitted dissertation in writing to the research secretariat, at the latest two working days before the public defence. This assessment refers to the final version of the thesis and, according to the  assessment matrix provided to them, is expressed as a mark out of a total of twenty points.

§2. The public defence proceeds as follows

  • The short abstract of the dissertation and the accompanying theses are made available to the public.
  • The chair of the public defence welcomes all those present and opens the session.
  • For 15 minutes, the PhD student presents the main results and insights gained from the research. The supervisor then delivers a laudatio also lasting fifteen minutes. If there is a co-supervisor, the fifteen minutes are divided between the supervisor and the co- supervisor. The supervisor and co-supervisor are also free to ask the Phd student a question.
  • The other members of the examination committee are given 15 minutes each to express their appreciation of the research and to interact with the PhD student. If more than three non-(co-)supervisors are members of the examination committee, the time per member is reduced.
  • After the interaction with the PhD student, the members of the examination committee withdraw for deliberation. They determine a common mark based solely on the public defence, considering both the presentation of the research and the interaction with the correctors. The sum of this common mark and the individual assessments by the supervisor, any co-supervisor and the other members of the examination committee expresses the final result. This result is expressed as a percentage, but no grade is awarded.
  • After deliberation and on the condition that no serious objection has arisen during the course of the public defense, the chair of the examination committee announces the promotion to Doctor of Theology or Doctor of Religious Studies. If applicable, the doctoral candidate is also presented with the Sacrae Theologiae Doctor doctoral degree, provided the requirements for obtaining this canonical degree have been met.

§3. Within a month of the public defence, the new doctor shall receive a certificate with the final result obtained pending receipt of the official documents of the doctoral degree established by decree.

§4. The defences of the current academic year are mentioned during the solemn graduation ceremony following the second and third ordinary examination periods.

Subsection 7. Interdisciplinary degree

Article 21. interdisciplinary degree.

§1. If the PhD researcher conducts interdisciplinary research, regardless of whether the research takes place in one or more faculties, this can be recognised by the awarding of a ‘combined doctorate title’, consisting of combinations of existing doctoral titles. A combined doctorate title can only be awarded once the PhD researcher concerned has been authorised to undertake an "interdisciplinary degree" (see art. 22 ) and once this is successfully completed.

§2. In order to be recognised as interdisciplinary, the doctoral research must satisfy the following two minimum criteria for interdisciplinarity:

  • The disciplines and expertise that are combined in the research proposal are sufficiently different,
  • The input of expertise, knowledge and methodologies from each of the disciplines in question is equally necessary and the execution of the research proposal is only possible by means of an integrated, concerted approach. It should not be the case that any of the disciplines involved acts as an auxiliary science.

Article 22. Authorisation for an interdisciplinary degree

§ 1. The admissions procedure consists of two consecutive approvals:

  • The corresponding and other supervisors (see  art. 24 ) submit an application for an interdisciplinary degree to the three doctoral schools. The directors of the three doctoral schools assess the interdisciplinary nature of the doctoral research on the basis of the abovementioned criteria and give a joint, binding, and motivated opinion (see art. 21 ). In principle, they take a collective decision. If this is not possible, the decision is taken by majority vote. If the opinion is negative, the interdisciplinary degree cannot be started.
  • If a positive opinion is given by the doctoral schools, the candidate and corresponding supervisor (see  art. 24 ) request authorisation from the doctoral committee of the corresponding faculty (see  art. 23 ) to enrol as a doctoral student (see art. 6 ). If the supervisors are affiliated to separate faculties, the candidate must go through the admissions procedure for each of the faculties concerned.

The admissions procedure is explained in more detail in the  practical guidelines concerning interdisciplinary degrees .

§2. A PhD researcher wishing to submit an application for an interdisciplinary degree in the context of an ongoing doctorate can do so up to one year after starting the doctoral programme (see  art. 9 ).

Article 23. Corresponding faculty

§1. If a combination of doctoral titles awarded by different faculties is desired, then one faculty is appointed as corresponding faculty. The corresponding faculty is appointed after consultation between supervisors, and the doctoral schools must agree to this proposal.

If, in the course of an ongoing doctorate, a PhD researcher switches to an interdisciplinary degree, the faculty in which the PhD researcher started the doctoral research is appointed as corresponding faculty.

§2. The doctoral committee of the corresponding faculty accepts the responsibilities stipulated in articles  5  (provisions 3-9),  13 ,  14 ,  17 ,  18 ,  22 ,  25 ,  26  and  27 .

§3. The doctoral title awarded by the corresponding faculty appears first in the combined doctoral title.

Article 24. Additional provisions for interdisciplinary degrees

The Particulars and procedures of the corresponding faculty are applicable for the term of the doctorate, unless otherwise decided in a consultation between the doctoral committees involved. The following also applies:

  • Interdisciplinary doctoral research is monitored by supervisors, each of whom represents one of the disciplines in question. The supervisor belonging to the corresponding faculty (see  art. 23 ) is appointed as corresponding supervisor.
  • When appointing other members of the supervisory committee (see  art. 12 ), an additional requirement applies, namely that each of the disciplines concerned must be represented.
  • On the basis of each annual progress report, the supervisory committee assesses whether the research still meets the minimum criteria for interdisciplinarity, and makes special mention of this in its report. If the minimum criteria for an interdisciplinary degree are no longer met, the enrolment for an interdisciplinary doctoral title can be stopped, and all faculties involved as well as the doctoral schools must be informed. This does not automatically mean that the doctorate is stopped; if it meets all quality criteria in all other respects, it can be continued as a normal, single-discipline doctorate.
  • Within the context laid down in this regulation and the Particulars of the corresponding faculty, an interdisciplinary programme for the doctoral degree is put together by the PhD researcher and the supervisors, with equal input from all the disciplines in question. During the first progress report, the programme is presented to the supervisory committee for an advice. The doctoral programme should under no circumstances result in a double workload for the PhD researcher. This also applies to supervision, teaching assignments, etc.
  • When forming the examination committee, the following additional stipulations apply: (a) the chairperson is affiliated to the corresponding faculty, (b) in addition to the (co-)supervisors, each discipline concerned is represented in the examination committee by at least one member with voting rights, and (c) if several faculties are involved, at least two members with voting rights must not belong to the corresponding faculty, and at least one of those must not be affiliated to the KU Leuven.

Subsection 8. Joint PhD degrees

Article 25. joint phd degrees.

§1. KU Leuven wishes to increase its profile both nationally and internationally. To this end, it stimulates all research to achieve excellence and tries to create the best possible conditions in order to enable "peaks" within this top research, fields in which KU Leuven is an international leader. Joint PhD degrees are an important instrument in this respect. 

§2. In the case of a joint PhD degree, the PhD researcher prepares a thesis at KU Leuven, in collaboration with (an)other domestic or foreign institution(s). The institutions involved award the degree of doctor in the event of a successful defence.

§3. The universities involved always award their own doctoral degrees. Each institution  awards its own degree with the mention of its own doctoral title, with a clear reference to the joint nature of the doctoral process at the institutions involved. The doctoral degrees may also be listed together on one joint degree document.

§4. A joint PhD degree presupposes a substantial collaboration between the research groups and the supervisors involved, with efficient support in the involved institutions from the initial phase: close collaboration in the field of research with the research group in the partner university, agreements on joint supervision and mobility aspects, agreements on progress reporting, the appointment of the (co-)supervisors, the composition of the supervisory committee and the examination committee, the applicable IP regulations, the doctoral programme, the form of the thesis and the organisation of the defence. The specific terms and conditions of the cooperation are stipulated in an individual cooperation agreement between KU Leuven, the other institution(s) and the PhD researcher. The negotiation of this agreement is coordinated by the doctoral school concerned.

§5. The (co-)supervisors are appointed at an inter-university level, with at least one supervisor from each institution involved. The (candidate) PhD researcher, together with the (future) corresponding supervisor, requests permission from the doctoral committee to prepare a joint thesis. The doctoral committee may decide:

  • to approve the application.
  • to approve the application on the condition that KU Leuven is the home institution (see art. 25 §6).
  • not to grant permission for a joint thesis.

In principle, the corresponding supervisor submits the application for a joint PhD degree at the same time as the application for academic admission (see art. 6 ) and in any case within the first year of the doctoral period (see art. 9). Permission to prepare a joint thesis is only valid if the candidate receives academic admission.

§6. The home institution assumes the main responsibility in the follow-up of the doctoral process, the appointment of the (co-)supervisors, the composition of the supervisory committee and the examination committee, as well as the organisation of the evaluation process of the thesis. In principle, enrolment fees are paid at the home institution and the public defence takes place there. The main institution acts as the contact point for the PhD researcher.

The doctoral committee determines which institution is the home institution and which is the host institution based upon one or more parameters:

  • Funding: the institution which funds (the majority of) the doctoral research or the institution to which the supervisor, who initiated the application for external funding, belongs;
  • Attendance: the institution where most of the doctoral research takes place, where the PhD researcher is primarily present;
  • Start: the institution where the PhD researcher has started the PhD research, where the PhD researcher is enrolled.

If these criteria are not sufficient to distinguish between the partners involved, one institution is designated as the home institution by mutual agreement.

§7. If KU Leuven is appointed as the home institution , the PhD researcher  complies with the general provisions stipulated in this regulation and its "Particulars".

If KU Leuven is designated as the host institution , the doctoral student follows the regulations and guidelines of the home institution. In that case, KU Leuven will impose the following set of fixed criteria on the PhD researcher university-wide:

  • sign the charter of the PhD researcher and the supervisor (see art. 3 §2);
  • put together a supervisory committee with members from the institutions involved;
  • enrol annually as a PhD researcher at the KU Leuven (see art. 8 );
  • follow the course "Scientific integrity for starting PhDs" (see art. 15 .5);
  • with the focus upon cooperation with the partner institution
  • formally approved with brief comments by the supervisors involved
  • conduct research at the KU Leuven for at least 6 months;
  • actively participate in an international conference;
  • make an oral presentation to the supervisory committee during the stay at the KU Leuven;
  • write a peer-reviewed publication (published or accepted for publication);
  • put together an examination committee with members from the institutions involved and at least one additional member from a third party;
  • present the thesis to the examination committee via an oral or written procedure in order to be admitted to the public defence;
  • submit the thesis to the KU Leuven (with the KU Leuven logo, the name of the faculty, the name of the (co-)supervisor(s) and the doctoral title awarded by KU Leuven on the cover);
  • have the thesis subjected to plagiarism control;
  • upload the digital version of the thesis onto Lirias.

No other "Particulars" by the KU Leuven Group or faculty involved are allowed (see art. 1 §2).

§8. In the case of collaboration with a Flemish university, the rules and guidelines of the main institution are followed in full. No additional criteria/particulars (from Group or faculty) are imposed by the other institution. However, there must always be

  • academic admission from the institutions involved;
  • an application for a joint PhD degree at the KU Leuven;
  • members from the institutions involved serving on the supervisory and examination committees and that these committees must be officially approved by the appropriate authorities in each institution;
  • a mandatory publication requirement (even if the home institution does not have one) regardless of whoever acts as the home institution.

Subsection 9. Doctoral ombuds, appeal procedure and disciplinary regulation

Article 26. doctoral ombuds.

§1. The  doctoral ombudsperson  is the first point of contact for all concerned to discuss difficulties, problems and disputes in the doctoral process. The doctoral ombudsperson can help to clear up any misunderstandings, can mediate between the parties involved and can help to find a solution that is acceptable to all parties involved.

It is preferable to contact the doctoral ombudsperson of the faculty or Group to which you are affiliated, but you may also contact the doctoral ombudsperson of another faculty or Group.

The doctoral ombudsperson is not competent for substantive problems related to the doctoral programme. For this purpose, you should contact the supervisory committee and/or the doctoral committee.

§2. The executive committee of the Group appoints one  doctoral ombudsperson  per faculty or per Group. The doctoral ombudsperson belongs to the ZAP of the KU Leuven, including emeriti with assignment. The doctoral ombudsperson is not part of the Board of Trustees and the administrative bodies as defined in the  KU Leuven Statutes .

§3. At times it might not be possible to resolve a conflict through mediation. In such cases the doctoral ombudsperson or another member of the Unit of Confidence writes up a report, which is put before an ad-hoc committee, consisting of the dean, the department chair, the research coordinator, the director of the doctoral school and the chair of the doctoral committee of all entities concerned, who together make a binding decision after hearing (in writing or orally) the parties involved.  The ad hoc committee is convened by the research coordinator and strives for a consensus decision. The ad hoc committee has the widest possible decision margin in order to formulate an adequate solution to the identified problem. It is only possible to appeal against this decision internally, insofar as the decision affects the study progress of the doctoral programme or leads to the discontinuation of the doctoral process (see  art. 27 ).

If one of the members of the ad-hoc committee has to withdraw from the committee, this member will not be replaced, except when the number of remaining members of the committee falls to less than half. In that case, the ad hoc committee is supplemented with other persons affiliated to the faculty, which, on the basis of their expertise, are chosen by the remaining members of the ad hoc committee.

§4. The doctoral ombudsperson and everyone involved in the mediation must exercise discretion. As a result, at any stage of the mediation, only people who are directly involved are notified. The doctoral ombudsperson sends a general and completely anonymous report of their activities to the doctoral committee every year. The doctoral committee discusses this report and sends it to the doctoral school, the executive committee of the Group and the Vice Rector for Research Policy.

The doctoral ombuds is appointed by the faculty board and confirmed by the doctoral students or their representatives.

Article 27. Appeal procedure

§1. According to the procedure below an appeal is only possible against the following decisions of the doctoral committee and the examination committee (Higher Education Codex Art.I.3 69°):

  • a study progress decision affecting the doctoral programme, as described in  art. 14  of this regulation,
  • the discontinuation of the preparation of the thesis,
  • the final result of the public defence.

§2. A PhD researcher can launch an internal appeal against a decision as mentioned above with the Vice Rector for Student Affairs. The PhD researcher is informed of this possibility in the notification of this decision. If the Vice Rector for Student Affairs is an interested party, he/she is replaced by the Vice Rector for Research Policy.

§3. The PhD researcher must submit the appeal by e-mail within seven calendar days from the day after which the decision of the doctoral committee, the ad hoc committee or the examination committee was made known. In their complaint the PhD researcher includes at least a factual description of the invoked objections.

§4. The Vice Rector for Student Affairs hears all parties in question as far as they deem necessary and in each case the PhD researcher except in case of inadmissibility of the submitted appeal. The internal appeal procedure results in:

  • The motivated rejection of the appeal on grounds of unacceptability or unsubstantiated claims. This decision is brought to the attention of the PhD researcher by e-mail within twenty calendar days from the day after which the internal appeal was launched.
  • A new decision by the Vice Rector for Student Affairs. The Vice Rector together with the Research coordinator of the Group in question or the ZAP member appointed by him/her tries to find a solution. If no consensus can be reached, the Vice Rector takes an autonomous decision. The new decision must be taken within twenty calendar days, starting from the day after the internal appeal was launched with the Vice Rector for Student Affairs and is also made known to the PhD researcher within this period. The e-mail address which the PhD researcher used to submit their appeal is used for this purpose.

The internal appeal body can inform the PhD researcher within the time available to them that it will make a pronouncement at a later date. In that case the term for external appeal only starts the day after that date.

§5. After exhausting this internal appeal procedure the PhD researcher can appeal the day after the decision of the Vice Rector for Student Affairs or after the expiration of the term in which the Vice Rector for Student Affairs could take a new decision, to the Appeals Council for Study Progress Decisions in compliance with the Higher Education Codex as codified on 11 October 2013.

In the event of disputes between the PhD researcher and the KU Leuven apart from the  Appeals Council for Study Progress Decisions , only the Leuven courts have jurisdiction.

Article 28. Disciplinary regulation

The  disciplinary regulation  of KU Leuven also applies to PhD researchers. The disciplinary regulation applies to the AAP in addition to the provisions that apply via the  Academic staff regulations .

Tom Beckers

Tom Beckers

Main recent and current funding

As principal investigator / main applicant:  

  • ERC Consolidator Grant, € 2.000.000, 2015-2021.
  • FWO Scientific Research Network Grant, 2017-2022, € 62.500
  • FWO Research Grant, € 308.000, 2015-2019 (with Yannick Boddez and Philippe Peigneux)
  • InterUniversity Attraction Pole, € 500.000, 2012 - 2017 (KU Leuven PI)
  • FWO Research Grant, € 350.000, 2011-2015 (with Jan De Houwer and Rudi D'Hooge)
  • NWO Innovation Scheme (Vidi) Grant, € 800.000, 2010-2015

As partner / co-applicant:

  • KU Leuven Research Council Grant, € 1.735.000, 2019-2025 (PI: Dirk Hermans)
  • FWO Research Grant, € 314.000, 2014-2018 (PI: Saskia van der Oord)
  • Hercules Foundation Research Infrastructure Grant, € 429.000, 2022-2025 (PI: Markus Wöhr)
  • KU Leuven Center for Excellence (Program Funding) Grant, € 3.150.000, 2010-2017 (PI: Dirk Hermans)

Plus promotor of FWO and KU Leuven personal fellowships for Sarah Beurms, Yannick Boddez, Anastasia Chalkia, Michalina Dudziak, Eveliina Glogan, Kai Karos, Alba López Moraga, Elisa Maes, Bridget McConnell, Holly Miller, Natalie Schroyens, Jane Wang, Jonas Zaman

PhD students and postdocs

  • Joaquín Matías Alfei, KU Leuven, 2015-2020
  • Inna Arnaudova, UvA, 2011-2016
  • Lev Avberšek , KU Leuven, 2023-2027 (co-supervisor)
  • Sarah Beurms, KU Leuven, 2012-2016
  • Emma Biggs, KU Leuven, 2018-2021
  • Yannick Boddez, KU Leuven, 2007-2018 (PhD 2012)
  • Marieke Bos, UvA, 2009-2013 (co-supervisor)
  • Anastasia Chalkia, KU Leuven, 2015-2021 (PhD 2020)
  • Mirte De Ceuninck, KU Leuven, 2023-2027 (co-supervisor)
  • Hasse De Meyer, KU Leuven, 2014-2018 (co-supervisor)
  • Michalina Dudziak, KU Leuven, 2021-2025
  • Kim Haesen, KU Leuven, 2012-2016 (co-supervisor)
  • Marieke Effting, PhD, UvA, 2010-2015
  • Riet Fonteyne, PhD, KU Leuven, 2015-2016
  • Mathijs Franssen, KU Leuven, 2007-2011 (co-supervisor)
  • Eveliina Glogan, PhD, KU Leuven, 2022
  • Kai Karos, PhD, KU Leuven, 2019-2022
  • Angelos Krypotos, UvA, 2010-2015
  • Anke Lemmens, Maastricht, 2017-2021 (co-supervisor)
  • Lu Leng, KU Leuven, 2019-2024 (co-supervisor)
  • Alba López Moraga, KU Leuven, 2019-2024
  • Laura Luyten, PhD, KU Leuven, 2015-2021
  • Elisa Maes, KU Leuven, 2011-2017 (PhD 2016)
  • Bridget McConnell, PhD, KU Leuven, 2011-2013
  • Holly Miller, PhD, KU Leuven, 2012-2014
  • Silvia Papalini, KU Leuven, 2018-2022 (co-supervisor)
  • Anouk Pierre, VU Brussels, 2015-2019 (co-supervisor)
  • Dieuwke Sevenster, UvA, 2009-2013 (co-supervisor)
  • Victoria Simms, PhD, Queen's University Belfast, 2009-2011 (co-supervisor)
  • Natalie Schroyens, KU Leuven, 2016-2021
  • Laura Vercammen, KU Leuven, 2020-2024 (co-supervisor)
  • Jianqin (Jane) Wang, PhD, KU Leuven, 2019
  • Anna Wester, KU Leuven, 2022-2026 (co-supervisor)
  • Jonas Zaman, PhD, KU Leuven, 2016-2017 and 2022-2025
  • Ann-Kathrin Zenses, KU Leuven, 2015-2019

PhD and postdoc opportunities

I am actively looking for motivated and bright PhD candidates and postdocs to do research on emotional learning and memory in humans and rodents. Several opportunities exist for fully funded/salaried positions on current grants or personal fellowships through FWO and KU Leuven. Feel free to contact me to informally explore possibilities, or send me a resume and application letter.

Sample publications (reprints or preprints available at lirias.kuleuven.be )

  • Alfei, J. M., De Gruy, H., De Bundel, D., Luyten, L., & Beckers, T. (2021). Apparent reconsolidation interference without generalized amnesia. Progress In Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 108, 110161. doi: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2020.110161
  • Alfei, J. M., Ferrer Monti, R. I., Molina, V. A., De Bundel, D., Luyten, L., & Beckers, T. (2020). Generalization and recovery of post-retrieval amnesia. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 149, 2063-2083. doi: 10.1037/xge0000765
  • Beckers, T., Hermans, D., Lange, I., Luyten, L., Scheveneels, S., & Vervliet, B. (2023). Understanding clinical fear and anxiety through the lens of human fear conditioning. Nature Reviews Psychology, 2, 233-245. doi: 10.1038/s44159-023-00156-1
  • Beckers, T., & Kindt, M. (2017). Memory reconsolidation interference as an emerging treatment for emotional disorders: Strengths, limitations, challenges and opportunities. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 13, 99-121. doi: 10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-032816-045209 Freely accessible at http://www.annualreviews.org/eprint/hbCiETAXVFgCgv2D8mNh/full/10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-032816-045209
  • Chalkia, A., Schroyens. N., Leng, L., Vanhasbroeck, N., Zenses, A.-K., Van Oudenhove, L., & Beckers, T. (2020). No persistent attenuation of fear memories in humans: A registered replication of the reactivation-extinction effect. Cortex, 129, 496-509. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2020.04.017
  • Chalkia, A., Vanhasbroeck, N., van Oudenhove, L., Kindt, M., & Beckers, T. (2023). Emotional associative memory is disrupted by directed forgetting. Communications Psychology, 1, 24.  https://doi.org/10.1038/s44271-023-00024-x
  • Chalkia, A., Van Oudenhove, L., & Beckers, T. (2020). Preventing the return of fear in humans using reconsolidation update mechanisms: A verification report of Schiller et al. (2010). Cortex, 129, 510-525. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2020.03.031
  • Kasran, S., Hughes, S., De Houwer, J., & Beckers, T. (2023). The role of causal attributions in observational conditioning. Collabra: Psychology, 9, 68050. doi: 10.1525/collabra.68050
  • Krypotos, A.-M., Effting, M., Arnaudova, I., Kindt, M., & Beckers, T. (2014). Avoided by association: Acquisition, extinction, and renewal of avoidance tendencies towards conditioned fear stimuli. Clinical Psychological Science, 2, 336-343. doi: 10.1177/2167702613503139

Lonsdorf, T. B., Klingelhoefer-Jens, M., Andreatta, M., Beckers, T., Chalkia, A., Gerlicher, A., Jentsch, V. L., Drexler, S. M., Mertens, G., Richter, J., Sjouwerman, R., Wendt, J., & Merz, C.J. (2019). Navigating the garden of forking paths for data exclusions in fear conditioning research. eLife, 8,  e52465. doi: 10.7554/eLife.52465

Luyten, L., & Beckers, T. (2017). A preregistered, direct replication attempt of the retrieval-extinction effect in cued fear conditioning in rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 144, 208-215. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2017.07.014

Luyten, L., Schnell, A. E., Schroyens, N., & Beckers, T. (2021). Lack of drug-induced post-retrieval amnesia for auditory fear memories in rats. BMC Biology, 19, 17. doi: 10.1186/s12915-021-00957-x

  • Maes, E., Boddez, Y., Alfei, J. M., Krypotos, A.-M., D'Hooge, R., De Houwer, J., & Beckers, T. (2016). The elusive nature of the blocking effect: 15 failures to replicate. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145, e49-e71. doi: 10.1037/xge0000200
  • Schroyens, N., Beckers, T., & Luyten, L. (2023). Appraising reconsolidation theory and its empirical validation. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 30, 450-463. doi: 10.3758/s13423-022-02173-2 
  • Sevenster, D., Beckers, T., & Kindt, M. (2013). Prediction error governs pharmacologically induced amnesia for learned fear. Science, 339, 830-833. doi: 10.1126/science.1231357
  • Wong, A. H. K., & Beckers, T. (2021). Trait anxiety is associated with reduced typicality asymmetry in fear generalization. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 138, 103802. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2021.103802
  • Zaman, J., Ceulemans, E., Hermans, D., & Beckers, T. (2019). Direct and indirect effects of perception on generalization gradients. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 114, 44-50.

Follow this link for a complete list of publications .

David Mwambari

David Mwambari

Professor Dr. David Mwambari is an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and the principal investigator for the European Research Council (ERC)-funded TMSS project. He is a core faculty and a board member at the Oxford Consortium on Human Rights, University of Oxford.

Previously, he was an assistant professor of African Security and Leadership Studies in the African Leadership Centre at King's College (UK), an FWO postdoctoral research fellow with the Conflict Research Group at Ghent University (Belgium), and an assistant professor of International Relations at the United States International University–Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. Professor Mwambari was also a fellow at Churchill College, University of Cambridge (UK), African Academic Diaspora Fellow at The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (Senegal), and a visiting professor at Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Mwambari earned BA and MA degrees in International Relations from the United States International University-Africa, a Masters in Pan-African Studies from Syracuse University (USA), and a PhD in History from La Trobe University (Australia). He is the author of Navigating Cultural Memory (Oxford University Press, 2023) and numerous peer-reviewed international journal articles, book chapters, and essays. He is also the co-editor of Beyond History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020)and sits on the editorial board of Qualitative Research and Brill’s “Mobilizing Memory” book series.

Professor Mwambari actively mentors early career scholars in Africa and the African diaspora, as well as early career scholars based in Latin America and East Asia. He also participates in community projects to train history teachers in East Africa. He occasionally does consultancy projects that seek solutions to pressing issues in healthcare, education, peace, and security beyond disciplinary boundaries.

  • Publications

Research projects

  • PhD Position / Life Narratives and Mobility of refugees in Africa, Europe and US (27/02/2023 - 27/02/2027)
  • Traveling Memories, Silences and Secrets: Life narratives of Violence Among Refugees from Africa's Great Lakes Region (AGLR) (01/11/2022 - 31/10/2027)
  • journal-article 2024. Vernacular memories: recalling Rwanda's 1943-44 famine during the Covid-19 hunger crisis. Third World Quarterly; 2024; Vol. 45; iss. 2; pp. 294 - 313 LIRIAS4072049 description Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) Published
  • internet-publication van den Berg, Sayra; Akwasi Adu-Ampong, Emmanuel; Mwambari, David; 2023. Breaking the silence on colonial crimes. Publisher: Review of African Political Economy LIRIAS4122484 description Published online
  • journal-article Mwambari, David; Sibomana, Eric; 2023. Bodily Scars as Lived Memory in Post-Genocide Rwanda. Body & Society; 2023; Vol. 29; iss. 3; pp. 3 - 28 LIRIAS4104161 description Publisher: SAGE Publications Published
  • internet-publication 2023. Mwalimu Micere Githae Mugo: Walking in the Footsteps of a Great Teacher. Publisher: The Elephant LIRIAS4122491 description Published
  • internet-publication Dunia, Oscar Abedi; Eriksson Baaz, Maria; Mwambari, David; Parashar, Swati; Maria Toppo, Anju Oseema; Vincent, James BM; 2023. The Covid-19 Opportunity: Creating More Ethical and Sustainable Research Practices. Publisher: Social Science Research Corner LIRIAS4122496 description Published online
  • book 2023. Navigating Cultural Memory Commemoration and Narrative in Postgenocide Rwanda. Publisher: Oxford University Press LIRIAS4121828 description Published
  • journal-article Zoysa, Rapti siriwardane-de; Sreekanta, Vani; Mwambari, David; Mehta, Simi; Majumder, Madhurima; 2023. The unruly arts of ethnographic refusal: power, politics, performativity. Fennia-International Journal of Geography; 2023; Vol. 201; iss. 2; pp. 169 - 182 LIRIAS4140929 description Publisher: Geographical Society of Finland Published
  • journal-article Mwambari, David; Purdekova, Andrea; Bisoka, Aymar Nyenyezi; 2022. Covid-19 and research in conflict-affected contexts: distanced methods and the digitalisation of suffering. Qualitative Research; 2022; Vol. 22; iss. 6; pp. 969 - 978 LIRIAS3935544 description Publisher: SAGE Publications Published
  • chapter Mwambari, David; Jessee, Erin; 2022. Memory Law and the Duty to Remember the “1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi” in Rwanda.. Memory Laws and Historical Justice; 2022; pp. 291 - 319 Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham; Springer International Publishing keyboard_arrow_down LIRIAS4122461 description In 1994, Hutu Power extremists in Rwanda attempted to exterminate the nation’s ethnic Tutsi minority. Subsequently, Rwanda’s post-genocide government established a comprehensive transitional justice program, including memory laws aimed at combatting genocide denial. This chapter outlines the evolution of Rwanda’s memory laws, including their creation from 1994 to 2000; the emergence of a Rwandan official narrative from 2000 to 2010; and efforts since 2010 to internationalize the government’s label of “the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi”. Our analysis reveals the increased politicization of Rwanda’s memory laws, the impacts of which we explore via two high-profile figures—gospel singer, Kizito Mihigo, and politician Victoire Ingabire—whose transgressions illustrate the potential challenges of Rwanda’s memory laws, with relevance for other genocide-affected contexts. Published
  • journal-article 2022. Can Online Platforms Be e-Pana-Africana Liberation Zones for Pan-African and Decolonization Debates?. CODESRIA Bulletin; 2022; iss. 5; pp. 1 - 7 LIRIAS4122492 description Publisher: CODESRIA Published online
  • journal-article 2022. Post-genocide identity politics and colonial durabilities in Rwanda. Critical African Studies; 2022; Vol. 14; iss. 1; pp. 19 - 37 LIRIAS3981442 description Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) Published
  • journal-article Mwambari, David; Mertens, Charlotte; Perazzone, Stéphanie; 2022. Fatal misconceptions: colonial durabilities, violence and epistemicide in Africa’s Great Lakes Region. Critical African Studies; 2022; Vol. 14; iss. 1; pp. 2 - 18 LIRIAS3981443 description Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) Published
  • journal-article Mwambari, David; Ali, Fatuma Ahmed; Barak, Christopher; 2022. The impact of open access on knowledge production, consumption and dissemination in Kenya's higher education system. Third World Quarterly; 2022; Vol. 43; iss. 6; pp. 1408 - 1424 LIRIAS3935539 description Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) Published
  • journal-article Reggers, Wouter; Rosoux, Valerie; Mwambari, David; 2022. In Memory of Peacekeepers: Belgian Blue Helmets and Belgian Politics. International Peacekeeping; 2022; Vol. 29; iss. 2; pp. 258 - 281 LIRIAS3935540 description Publisher: F. Cass Published
  • journal-article 2021. AGACIRO, VERNACULAR MEMORY, AND THE POLITICS OF MEMORY IN POST-GENOCIDE RWANDA. African Affairs; 2021; Vol. 120; iss. 481; pp. 611 - 628 LIRIAS3935541 description Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP) Published
  • journal-article 2021. Transcultural Memory in Post-Conflict Northern Uganda War Commemorations. African Development Review-Revue Africaine De Developpement; 2021; Vol. 46; iss. 4; pp. 71 - 96 LIRIAS3981486 description Publisher: Wiley Published
  • journal-article Mwambari, David; Walsh, Barney; Olonisakin, Funmi; 2021. Women's overlooked contribution to Rwanda's state-building conversations. Conflict Security & Development; 2021; Vol. 21; iss. 4; pp. 475 - 499 LIRIAS3935542 description Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) Published
  • journal-article Ali, Fatuma Ahmed; Mwambari, David; 2021. Black muslim women in security studies. Critical Studies on Security; 2021; Vol. 9; iss. 1; pp. 31 - 35 LIRIAS3935543 description Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) Published
  • journal-article 2020. Music and the politics of the past: Kizito Mihigo and music in the commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Memory Studies; 2020; Vol. 13; iss. 6; pp. 1321 - 1336 LIRIAS3935545 description Publisher: SAGE Publications Published
  • chapter 2020. Emergence of Post-Genocide Collective Memory in Rwanda’s International Relations.. Beyond History African Agency in Development, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution; 2020; pp. 119 - 134 Publisher: Rowman and Littlefield; Maryland keyboard_arrow_down LIRIAS4121826 description Moving beyond a self-indulgent attitude about Africa’s historical victimhood, the book seeks to capture how African states individually and Africa’s collective institutions (the AU) are providing agency in Africa’s international relations. While African states have been trailblazers in such ideas as ‘The Responsibility to Protect’, as conceived in the African Union Constitutive Act (2001) which preceded the United Nations (UN) Secretary General’s report “In Larger Freedom” (2005) in which the UN adopted the concept, African agency in international relations has not always been captured proactively. This volume seeks to document Africa (and African states) in a state of proactivity as opposed to a reactionary mode of international relations which has long been the case due to the discipline’s heavy concentration on the West. The main themes explored are: African agency in international relations and commerce, agency in Africa’s balancing of big and regional powers, reshaping Africa-EU relations beyond the Cotonou Agreements, Africa and international human rights institutions, African efforts in elections and conflicts in Africa and relationship building among African leaders. Published

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    What is a PhD in architecture? The doctoral degree is the highest degree conferred by a university. The title or 'doctor' of 'PhD' is typically awarded on the basis of a dissertation or design portfolio which forms the result of original and rigorous research carried out by the candidate. Read more.

  16. Q&A: My experience studying in Leuven, Belgium

    Students that aspire to do a PhD in the future and start studying at KU Leuven should then put effort into their master's thesis topic proposal and thesis research. Finally, I can strongly recommend taking part in the welcome activities organised by KU Leuven and student organisations: barbecues, drinks, weekend trips or sports events.

  17. KU Leuven Vacatures

    PhD student: efficient pore network simulation of porous building materials (ref. BAP-2024-87) Laatst aangepast: 22/02/24. The successful applicant will become a member of the Numerical and Applied Mathematics (NUMA) section of the Department of Computer Science of KU Leuven. NUMA aims at the development, analysis and implementation of ...

  18. Regulation concerning the attainment of doctoral degrees at ...

    §1. These regulations concern the general requirements for attaining the university degree of doctor at the KU Leuven. Only if there are no specific provisions in these regulations, the Education and Examination Regulations also apply. §2.

  19. Ku Leuven PhD Student Salaries in Leuven

    The estimated total pay range for a PhD Student at KU Leuven is €26K-€31K per year, which includes base salary and additional pay. The average PhD Student base salary at KU Leuven is €29K per year. The average additional pay is €2K per year, which could include cash bonus, stock, commission, profit sharing or tips.

  20. Tom Beckers

    After obtaining my PhD from KU Leuven (2002), I was an FWO Research Fellow at KU Leuven (2002-2008), visiting assistant professor at Binghamton University (2003-2004) and visiting scholar at UCLA (2007). ... PhD students and postdocs. Joaquín Matías Alfei, KU Leuven, 2015-2020; Inna Arnaudova, UvA, 2011-2016;

  21. PhD salary scale : r/KULeuven

    I found some information at the KU Leuven website, which says PhD students are paid according to salary scale 43 (see here) which would be €3472 brutto. If so, would the net salary be >€2000? Bonus question: is that enough to live comfortably in Leuven?

  22. David Mwambari

    Professor Dr. David Mwambari is an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and the principal investigator for the European Research Council (ERC)-funded TMSS project. He is a core faculty and a board member at the Oxford Consortium on Human Rights, University of Oxford.