Well-being and support for PhDs and postdoctoral researchers

Resources to help PhD & postdoctoral researchers find social networks and/or support at Ghent University.

If you're worried about the impact that COVID-19 is having on your research activities, inform the research department.


These are tough times, and it's okay to reach out. Below is a list of resources that you may find useful to help maintain your resilience and well-being.

Events and activities for PhDs and postdocs

  • Winter Bubbles (Faculty of Sciences): Check out all the Winter activities the Faculty of Sciences is organizing for its members!
  • Trip Tip (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration): The Faculty International Office set up a webpage with 'Covid-19-proof' activities and (day) trips you can do (mostly) outside, in Ghent and all over Belgium.
  • Student Activities Office: A list of all the activities organized by Ghent University student organization

Get in touch with your peers

  • PhD community: social activities open to PhD students at Ghent University.
  • Postdoc community: an inclusive community of postdoctoral researchers at Ghent University.
  • International Convent Associations: Associations  for international (graduate) students.
  • KLIK: Social app for (graduate) students in Ghent.
  • The Graduate Support Network for the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (GSN). Contact gsn.eb@ugent.be.
  • Expat Community Ghent: a working group within the Community of Gent (a non-profit organisation.), which focuses on the well-being of the expats living in Gent.

Get in touch with Ghent University's support services

  •  Confidential contacts: Each faculty has people you can talk to about things like stress, conflict, or inappropriate behavior.
  • Something going on? Trustpunt is listening! : Trustpunt is a central service at Ghent University. Its confidential counselors are there for you with a listening ear, specific advice, coaching or a referral for specialized support when you need it.
  • Student medical service

Crisis support