COVID-19: 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!
  • Digital Night at GUM: In the upcoming days the Ghent University Museum is organizing digital guided tours for international students. Go to Ufora and find the course 'Digital Night at GUM' to register and participate.
  • Trip Trip (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.
  • Covitrine: An initiative by the GUM to brings Ghent’s museums and their collections to the streets and neighbourhoods. 200 COVITRINE boxes will be distributed throughout the city.

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 Arts & Philosophy (GSN): informal (digital) meet-ups. Contact or to join.
  • The Graduate Support Network for the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (GSN). Contact
  • 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

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