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PhD Scholarship Pre- and Proto-History, GIA (1.0 fte) (B053217)


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high-quality teaching and research. Its 30,000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international center of knowledge: it belongs to the best research universities in Europe and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide.

The Graduate School for the Humanities is the home for all PhD candidates of the Faculty of Arts (c. 200), and is committed to creating and maintaining excellent conditions for PhD research in all fields of the humanities. In addition to organizing local courses, the GSH works closely with 16 national research schools which offer regular courses and seminars by national and international top researchers.

GIA (Groningen Institute of Archaeology) is a leading international research institute with a strong
inter-disciplinary research tradition in bioarchaeology and post-glacial prehistory. One of its main points of interest is the development of prehistoric cultural landscapes, in which the transition to farming and the nature of early farming are of key interest. Bioarchaeological research in GIA is facilitated through world-class reference collections, a maceration unit, technical staff, and the Center for Isotope Research. Bioarchaeology students and staff at GIA conduct fieldwork in the Mediterranean (from Lebanon to Italy) and in northwest Europe (the Netherlands).

Scholarship opportunities

We offer one PhD position in the area of zooarchaeology in pre- and protohistoric contexts. As a PhD candidate, you should be committed to conducting independent and original scientific research, to report on this research in international peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and disseminating knowledge in non-academic contexts. The result should be a cumulative PhD.

For the Groningen Institute of Archaeology, we welcome research proposals that devise a new zooarchaeological methodology focusing on at least one early domesticate, and apply it to case studies relating to the emergence and nature of farming in the margins of Neolithisation. Regions of primary interest are western Turkey and the Netherlands, but proposals that capture commonalities between these and other understudied geographic areas of primary and secondary Neolithisation are also welcome. Zooarchaeological method/s to be developed should have wide re-use potential for other archaeological periods and regions.


We are looking for talented and ambitious researchers in the relevant disciplines.

Your qualifications are:
• a master's degree in archaeology, biology or a related field, with an excellent academic record
• proven research abilities and affinity with the research topic
• willingness to conduct experimental field research in the Netherlands and outside Europe
• excellent command of English and good academic writing skills.


The PhD training programme

The University of Groningen offers one scholarship for a PhD candidate in archaeology for a period of 4 years. Every year results are assessed in order to ensure a smooth PhD process, that results in a timely PhD thesis. The PhD student will participate in the Faculty’s GSH training programme for PhD students (cf. and will draw up a personal training and supervision plan. Part of the training consists in following the Career Perspectives curriculum, which aims to prepare students for their (academic or non-academic) careers after the PhD trajectory.

Information about the PhD-training programme and scholarship can be found via:


Please send your entire application (in English) as a single PDF-file until the deadline of 15 May 2017, 11:59 pm / before 16 May Dutch local time, by means of the application form (click on 'Apply' below on the advertisement on the university website). Please upload your entire application as "letter of motivation".

The submission should contain the following:
1. A cover letter introducing yourself, describing your motivation to conduct scientific research, and locating your research within GIA
2. A full CV demonstrating academic excellence, including publications and presentations (if applicable), and a copy of your passport
3. A certified copy or scan of your MA diploma (or equivalent) and academic record
4. A research proposal, focusing on the central research question to be addressed and the proposed method of approaching and answering this question (1500 words, plus tables and references, and a project title). See the guidelines in the following website:
5. Names and contact details of two academic references.

For questions regarding the submission procedure, please contact Mrs M.R.B. Wubbolts, MA by

Start date: September 1, 2017
Interviews with selected candidates will take place between May 25th and June 5, 2017.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • Prof. C.J.W. Zwart (questions regarding the Graduate School for the Humanities),
  • Prof. D.C.M. Raemaekers, Prof. of Pre-/Protohistory of NW Europe (questions regarding the procedure),
  • Dr C. Çakirlar, Assistant Professor Zooarchaeology (questions regarding the proposal),

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