The PhD candidates Network of the Netherlands (Promovendi Netwerk Nederland, PNN) represents approximately ten thousand PhD candidates by bundling the local PhD associations of the fourteen Dutch Universities.
The main objective of PNN is to safeguard the interests of all PhD candidates, regardless of whether they are employed at a Dutch University, a University Medical Centre, or otherwise engaged with a PhD research. PNN promotes the interests of PhD candidates at the national level. In order to attain these objectives, PNN regularly meets with policy makers from national organizations addressing PhD-related issues. These organizations are extremely diverse and include the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), various labor unions and political parties.