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PhD student scholarships


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Campus Fryslân is the university’s newest faculty to be, located in Leeuwarden, the capital of Fryslân. The faculty’s goal is to connect regional themes with interdisciplinary global issues. To achieve this, research activities are organized under “Frisian Flagships”, which are areas of interest to the region.

The four Frisian Flagships are:  

  1. Governance & Sustainable Economy
  2. Culture, Language & Technology
  3. High Tech Systems & Materials
  4. Food & Health

Scholarship opportunities

We offer four PhD scholarships, two to complete a PhD in Culture, Language & Technology and two to complete a PhD in Governance & Sustainable Economy.

PhD Scholarships in Culture, Language & Technology

PhD Scholarships in in Governance & Sustainable Economy

Applications are invited from high quality prospective PhD students with a good fit with the research specialisms and expertise of our academic staff. Information about Campus Fryslân can be found at .


Candidates should have a master’s degree in relevant fields, an excellent academic record, a strong motivation to complete a PhD in four years, and an excellent command of spoken and written English.


The successful candidates will be part of the University of Groningen’s PhD Scholarship Programme and will receive a gross scholarship of €2027 per month, of whichwage tax and social insurance premiums will be deducted. They will be required to be resident in Leeuwarden and will be enrolled in the Graduate School Campus Fryslân. After nine months, and thereafter annually, the progress will be evaluated. At these evaluations, it will be considered whether the results are sufficient for a successful and timely defense of the PhD thesis. As part of the programme, the PhD scholarship student will take part in the Career Perspectives Series, which provides a thorough preparation on the career after the PhD, inside or outside academia.

General information about the University of Groningen’s PhD Scholarship Progra mme.

The preferred starting date is 1 February 2017.


You can apply for these scholarships until 1 December 2016.
Your application should include:

  • a letter providing your motivation and key qualifications
  • a current Curriculum Vitae
  • a copy of diploma with list of course grades
  • names of two academic referees
  • a research proposal of up to 2000 words, covering state of the art, main research question, key objectives, and relevance, the proposed (methodological) approach, a brief description of the relevant literature, and a provisional timetable
  • a writing sample of no more than 5000 words, such as an essay or part of a master’s thesis.

Further information

Candidates who require further information can contact Joop Houtman, coordinator of Graduate School Campus Fryslân, . Please do not use this email address for applications.

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