All PhD candidates are expected to hand in a pilot study for evaluation after 9-16 months (depending on the time the candidate can work on the dissertation - all employed candidates have to do so after 9 months). The pilot study is evaluated by the supervisors, an external reader and the Vice-director of the Research School. The Vice-director of the school decides on the basis of the evaluations whether or not funding for the project will be continued. Since the continuation of the PhD project depends on the quality of the pilot study, the timely completion of the pilot study should be the absolute priority for both the PhD candidate and the supervisors.
More information on the ASH guidelines for the pilot study can be found via the following links: