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Ius promovendi

The ius promovendi, i.e. the right to act as formal supervisor of PhD students, is automatically granted to all Full Professors. In addition, it can be granted to Associate Professors provided they meet the following criteria:

  • The Associate Professor has a proven track record in research.

  • The Associate Professor has independently and successfully supervised at least 2 PhD students without incurring unreasonable dealys, where ‘independent’ means that the candidate has served as the daily supervisor of these PhD students and has determined the direction of their research together with them. Ideally, the PhD students involved have already completed their PhD theses. If not, the PhD students must be close to completing their theses.

  • The Associate Professor has completed the course 'Supervision Excellence at the University of Groningen' or a similar course.

There are two ways in which staff members can apply for the ius promovendi.

  1. Assistant Professors can apply for the ius promovendi when applying for promotion to Associate Professor 2.

  2. Associate Professors can apply at any moment for the ius promovendi by sending a request to the Faculty Board.

Via promotion procedure to Associate Professor 2

When an Assistant Professor is appraised for promotion to Associate Professor, the BC1 can also look into the possibility that the Associate Professor receives the ius promovendi. Assistant Professors should mention their wish to be granted the ius promovendi in their cover letter and demonstrate that they meet the relevant criteria in their promotion file.

If the BC1 recommends that the Assistant Professor is promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and concludes that they satisfy the relevant criteria for the ius promovendi, the Dean will send a written request to the University’s Doctorate Board. The Doctorate Board will assess whether the applicant is ‘sufficiently competent’ in accordance with the requirements and inform the Dean, the Associate Professor and his or her supervisor of the decision in writing.

Via request to the Faculty Board

Associate Professors can at any time apply for ius promovendi via the following procedure that was established by the Doctorate Board of the University:

  1. Associate Professors who believe that they meet the criteria can request the Dean to be recommended for the ius promovendi. The request can be sent to the secretariat of the Faculty Board. (This request can also be made by the scientific director of the Associate Professor's institute.)

  2. The Associate Professor must substantiate this request with documentation that demonstrates that they meet the relevant criteria, including a CV, a list of publications, an overview of funds acquired and research projects completed, and an overview of PhD projects supervised and completed.

  3. The Dean will examine the provided documentation and consult the director of the Associate Professor’s research institute, the director of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, and possibly (other) supervisors of the PhD trajectories previously supervised by the Associate Professor.

  4. If the provided documentation and the consultations convince the Dean that recommendation for the ius promovendi is justified, the Dean will submit a written request to the Doctorate Board, including the information submitted by the Associate Professor and the findings from the consultations.

  5. Based on the information submitted, the Doctorate Board will assess whether the applicant is ‘sufficiently competent’ in accordance with the requirements set out.

  6. The Associate Professor and the Dean will be informed in writing of the decision taken by the Doctorate Board.

Last modified:14 February 2024 7.41 p.m.