Membership criteria and application
The Kurt Lewin Institute distinguishes several types of membership: full, alumni and Ph.D. student membership. Please find more information on membership criteria and application below.
All KLI members can participate in the KLI Teaching Program and the KLI conference. Full and alumni members can submit research proposals and workshop proposals, and participate in the different KLI committees.
Full and alumni members do not pay a membership fee, but they are expected to contribute to the teaching program and Research Group meetings. For PhD student members, a fixed sum of 1000,- euro per PhD per year will be paid by the university in question to cover expenses of participants in KLI activities. Payments will be calculated based on the membership on January 1st of each year. Additional activities outside the teaching program such as the KLI conference will be organized on a different basis; participants can be requested to pay a fee for additional activities.
Researchers can become a full member of the KLI if they meet the following criteria:
- The applicant has completed a Ph.D. and is currently involved in research in social psychology and its applications at one of the core universities participating in the KLI: Leiden University, Maastricht University, Tilburg University, University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen, Utrecht University, and VU University Amsterdam;
- The applicant feels connected with the mission statement and is able and willing to contribute actively to the KLI. One can contribute by taking part in a committee, participating in teaching activities, and taking on other responsibilities.
Ph.D. members follow our teaching program. The Research Committee evaluates each Ph.D. project in terms of the following criteria:
- The theme or topic of the research conducted by the Ph.D. candidate fits the scientific mission of the KLI and is expected to lead to a Ph.D. thesis at one of the core universities participating in the KLI: Leiden University, Maastricht University, Tilburg University, University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen, Utrecht University, and VU University Amsterdam;
- Arrangements for the supervision of the project should be appropriate. The PhD student should have at least two supervisors. At least one supervisor must be a full member of the KLI.
Important to know when submitting a research proposal
- Only KLI members can submit a research proposal and apply for membership of their Ph.D. students
- A research proposal should be submitted within half a year after the PhD project started
- In case the Research Committee asks for revision of the proposal, the adjusted proposal should be submitted within two months
- A single research proposal can only be submitted twice (so one resubmission)
When the research proposal is approved of, the Ph.D. student will be admitted as a KLI member as of the starting date of their Ph.D. project.
- KLI PhD student members are expected to join at least one of the research groups and to participate in their meetings.
- At the end of the project, KLI PhD student members are expected to complete all required elements to finalize their membership: to participate in the KLI dissertation series, to fill out the final evaluation form, and to receive a KLI certificate.
As alumni of the KLI you can become or stay a member, although you do not meet all criteria to become a full member. You can become an alumni member of the KLI if you meet the following criteria:
- The applicant has completed a Ph.D. and has been a member of the KLI, either as a Ph.D. member or a full member;
- The applicant must feel connected to the mission statement of the KLI and is able and willing to contribute actively to the KLI. One can contribute by participating in teaching activities (if possible in collaboration with a full member) and taking on other responsibilities upon invitation.
Once you have applied for one of the memberships, the Research Committee will evaluate your application. You will receive a message on short notice regarding your application and membership status.
These membership criteria will be effective until 2025, after which they will be evaluated by the Scientific Board of the KLI.