Two vacancies for PhD candidates Developmental Psychology Radboud University

We are looking for two ambitious, enthusiastic and highly capable PhD students who will investigate peer relationships in emerging adulthood in the context of a 20-year ongoing longitudinal study. The aim of the project is to examine the nature and correlates of different types of peer relationships (e.g., friends and romantic partners) in emerging adulthood. Transactional associations between peer relationships and social functioning, health, and adjustment will be investigated across development. Furthermore, social skills of emerging adults will be assessed using experimental small group observations. This research is funded by the NWO Open Competition SGW and embedded in the Social Development programme at the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) of Radboud University in Nijmegen.Applicants should have a strong affinity with scientific research as well as excellent social and organizational skills. The project offers the opportunity to receive doctoral training at one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands and work with state-of-the-art research facilities of the BSI.

For more information: see or email Prof. Cillessen:

Deadline: March 24, 2020

Call for submissions VNOP 2020 Dissertation Award

The VNOP announces the 2020 dissertation award!

This biennial price is awarded to the best dissertation written by VNOP members, with at least one of the supervisors being also a VNOP member. Eligible are candidates who defended/are going to defend their dissertation between March 1, 2018 and March 1, 2020. The winner will receive a certificate and 250 euro.

The award will be presented during the upcoming VNOP conference, which takes place on May 19-20, 2020 at hotel CASA in Amsterdam (for more information, see

Candidates should submit the following materials before March 1, 2020 by e-mail to
– A digital version of their dissertation,
– A plea of one of their (co-) promotors of why the candidate deserves the award.

Please visit for more details on this award, or mail Roseriet Beijers ( We are looking forward to receiving your nominations!

Radboud Summer school course: Peer Relations and Interactions in Childhood and Adolescence

From July 6-10 the Radboud Summer School Course ‘Peer Relations and Interactions in Childhood and Adolescence’ will take place. Master students and PhD students are invited to apply for this course.

Children and adolescents spend a significant amount of time each day in the company of peers. Together with their peers, children acquire a wide range of skills, attitudes and
experiences that influence their cognitive, emotional, and social development. Peers are also powerful socialization agents, contributing well beyond the collective influences of family, school, and neighbourhood. This summer course focuses on the importance of peer relations and interactions for research on child and adolescent development.

A variety of topics will be addressed, including the main theories and basic methods used in peer relations research, friendship and social status, social behaviours, influence from inside and outside the peer group, and state of the art research measures and paradigms. The programme will include lectures as well as various individual and small group assignments, including working with state of the art research methods, data analyses, observations of peer interactions, critically reviewing literature, ethical considerations, and brainstorming about new research designs.

for more information or to apply.

The early bird deadline is March 1, 2020. The application deadline is May 1, 2020.