On 17 and 18 January 2019 the EUA-CDE (European Universities Association – Council for Doctoral Education) Thematic Workshop on inter-institutional collaboration in doctoral education will take place at the VU in Amsterdam. Participants will reflect on how universities with different goals and levels of development can benefit from different forms of collaboration. The GRADUATE SPIRIT team will present at this meeting about the collaborative context of the GRADUATE SPIRIT project. The project seeks to map out a network of (European) graduate schools especially in Humanities and Social Sciences to promote the good practices and innovations that the project partners have to offer. The first outcomes and lessons learned regarding the collaboration between the partner universities will be discussed.