Graduate School

Welcome to our Graduate School

Do you want to obtain a PhD degree and write a doctoral dissertation in the field of theology or religious studies? With more than 250 PhD candidates, our Graduate School of Religion and Theology offers excellent opportunities for high-level academic research and doctorate studies, both residential and non-residential.

Our aim is to provide you with first-class personal supervision by leading experts in an exciting and stimulating research environment. We offer a challenging PhD training and supervision programme and organize expert meetings and seminars in which you can present your work in progress, interact with fellow students and scholars from all over the world, and build your own network for an academic career and profession.
Our supervisors represent a wide range of academic disciplines, brought together in the domains of Texts & Traditions and Beliefs & Practices. These domains cover academic research in Christian theology and the study of religion in its wide variety (Biblical studies, history of Christianity, systematic theology, ecumenics, practical theology), Islamic studies, Buddhist, Hindu and Jewish studies, ethics, philosophy of religion, comparative religion, interreligious dialogue, social-scientific study of religion, religion in the public domain and multiple religious belonging, and so on and so forth. Our research projects aim to serve the academic community, society and faith communities all over the world.

This website will help you find information on admission procedures, training programmes, fees, and much more. If you need more information, please send an email to our office ( We are happy to answer your questions. Of course, you can also contact one of your prospected supervisor(s) or pay a visit to our theological faculty. Our faculty's agenda provides many opportunities to come over to Amsterdam and taste the atmosphere of our faculty.

For all questions concerning visa, housing/accommodation, funding opportunities, exchange programmes and mobility, please consult the website of our International Office or send an email to

A.W. (Arie) Zwiep, Director
A.W. (Arie) Zwiep, Director
   Dr A.W. (Arie) Zwiep
   Graduate School of Religion and Theology

News update

Eva van Urk, assistant of the Graduate School, recently received a funding from NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) for her PhD project at our Faculty. This enables her to work for the next four years on a project entitled "Religion as Ecological Resource in the Anthropocene; The Imago Dei in a Time of Mass Extinction." We are very happy for the opportunity given to her to take up this challenge and congratulate her on this new stage in her academic career. Needless to say, we are very grateful for all the work she has done for the Graduate School with so much enthusiasm and expertise. As a matter of course, Eva has to stop her activities for the Graduate School. In the meantime, work will go on. Until further notice, all correspondence relating to the Graduate School, including registration, membership fees, questions about Hora Finita and so on, must be sent to the office of the Graduate School via

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