STAR Graduate Programme General Information


At the moment, we have an additional second call for applications for the STAR-PLUS graduate programme. Click here for more information.

Antimicrobial research

Threats of drug-resistant pathogens are emerging worldwide and ask for development of novel drugs that act on the pathogen’s molecular networks. This demands a new generation of bright scientists who are able to combine molecular biology, microbiology, systems biology and drug discovery and development.

STAR graduate programme

In September 2013, AIMMS started its STAR Graduate Programme with a competitive grant from the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This funding enabled us to offer Scientific Top training in Antimicrobial Research (STAR) to a selection of talented Master’s students, followed by offering a PhD position to the four most promising students to start their research within the AIMMS institute as from September 2015.
For an introduction to our NWO STAR PhD students click here.

As of September 2016, we have extended our STAR Graduate programme with financial aid from the EU’s Marie Curie Cofund. The selection procedure was open to (foreign) Master’s students who comply with the international mobility rule as defined in the MSCA programme. To meet our new STAR PhD students click here.

At the moment, we have an additional second call for applications. Click here for more information.

AIMMS PhD Graduate programme

In line with VU regulations, the AIMMS PhD Graduate programme encompasses an appointment for 4 years. The PhD student will work within one of the AIMMS research groups on a PhD research project on antimicrobial research. The PhD student will join AIMMS and follow the obligatory PhD Training programme to ensure training as highly skilled, independent researchers in AIMMS related research areas. The programme prepares students on a work career after obtaining the PhD, either continuing in academia or in industry.

For more information on the AIMMS PhD programme, click here.


For more information on the Cofund STAR PLUS graduate programme, please contact

Dr. Ellen Langemeijer
T +31 (0)20 59 87540