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Interdisciplinary PhD Programme

Encouraging collaboration and research across all UvA Faculties. Call for proposals NOW OPEN.

Following the success of collaborative interdisciplinary PhDs and research assistants (as seen in the UvA’s research priority areas, AI4 Science and ICAI Amsterdam labs), the DSC will adopt a similar programme to innovate data science methods through engagement with hard domain specific research questions.

Call for Proposals Now Open

The DSC seeks to accelerate data driven research within the University of Amsterdam. Part of that mission is to foster interdisciplinary research. Specifically, in this call, we aim to foster research into new data science methods that help to tackle hard challenging problems in a given domain. 

The DSC provides funding for a PhD student to perform the research at this interaction. Such interaction is realized through joint supervision: one supervisor with core expertise in data science methods, the other with core expertise in the domain problem.  

The call budget allows for granting up to 7 positions.

To apply for to the accelerate program please fill out the following form and return as a pdf to The subject line of the email should be “DSC Interdisciplinary PhD Application”.  

  • Information Session: June 18, 2021 at 15:00  
  • Q&A Session: July 2, 2021 at 15:00
  • Deadline:  September  23, 2021 at 17:00  
  • Questions:
  • DSC background:  

Information Session

If you are interested in learning more about the DSC Interdisciplinary PhD programme, and missed the information session, please email to receive the recording of the session and the slides.

Project Matchmaking

Are you interested in the Interdisciplinary PhD programme but you would like help to find a partner for your project? Please send one PowerPoint slide with the following information to

  • A brief description of your idea
  • The expertise or area in which you are looking to collaborate 
  • Your contact information (name, department and email address)

The deadline to send this information to the DSC is Friday 16th July, 17:00.

We will then distribute the resulting slide deck of project ideas to all who contributed. You will then be able to contact people who you think would be a good match.