The Infection & Immunity PhD program is a multidisciplinary research program that will prepare PhD candidates for a career focused on challenges and solutions that affect the lives of millions around the globe. Our PhD program was formed in 1993 and has proven itself over the decades. We connect immunologists, infectious disease physicians, paediatricians, bacteriologists, virologists, chemists and cell biologist to study and fight elements in infectious diseases and immunological disorders. We have assembled groups that do outstanding research. Not only in basic microbiology and immunology, but also in the field where the two research areas meet.

Wilsem, Erna van

Wilsem, Erna van

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Our PhD candidates are professional researchers. We believe that their research project and thesis should be their main concern during their PhD track. Therefor our curriculum consists of monthly seminars by leading international researchers, weekly in-depth lectures by guest lecturers, yearly meetings with your peers and advanced courses in Immunology and Infectious diseases

Besides these activities, we encourage our PhD candidates to obtain new skills at the GS-LS course centre, to visit (international) symposia and conferences, and to participate in professional courses pertinent to their own research projects.


To enter the PhD programme Infection & Immunity, you must have a position as a PhD student at the Utrecht University.
Only after obtaining a PhD position, you can fill out our application form.

Practical matters

Who do you deal with during your PhD? And what's more to a PhD trajectory than conducting a research project resulting in a PhD thesis? Find out in these two handy infographics.

PhD Psychologist

The PhD psychologist offers psychological support when it comes to psychological problems caused by the promotion process or that have a direct effect on it. The support lies in between the help offered by staff welfare service and the general mental healthcare service (GGZ). The costs for an intake interview are 25 euros, I & I will reimburse these costs for our PhD students. After the initial appointment any further appointments are free of charge.


Since the doctorate level academic training program is an individualized training program, we advise you to keep a portfolio of all educational activities you attend during your PhD track. You may use this portfolio to apply for a certificate from the Utrecht University Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS).

The portfolio consists of courses and practical training aimed at acquiring specific academic skills, general scientific skills or transferable skills. It may also include other activities such as attending conferences, seminars and master classes, participation in retreats and journal clubs. Courses can be taken at the Graduate School or elsewhere.

For its courses, the Graduate School adheres to the ECTS system: workload of 28 hours = 1 EC. There is no formal requirement for a minimum amount of courses, hours or EC's. The Graduate School recommends 20 EC for PhD training during a four-year fulltime PhD project.


Infection & Immunity Utrecht sponsors the theses of its members.
An amount of € 100,00 is available per thesis.