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Application and Selection procedure

Application procedure

As an applicant, you are requested to submit:

  1. a letter of motivation
  2. your curriculum vitae, including a complete list of publications
  3. up to five keywords describing their research area
  4. a three-to-five page statement of your research accomplishments and your future research goals            
  5. the names and contact information (including e-mail address) of 3 referees

You are invited to apply before December 1st 2012. Applications should be sent to , please mention RFF/GGW.

The selection committee

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies has established a pre-selection committee chaired by the dean of the faculty. The pre-selection committee makes a short list of outstanding candidates.

The University Board has established a selection committee, the Central University Committee (CUC). CUC makes recommendations to the Board of the University


  • Recruitment will take place both nationally and internationally.
  • The complete text of the advertisement will be sent to national and international contacts and websites.

Selection criteria

The fellowship is open for candidates who are not tenured staff members of the University of Groningen.


  • The candidate must have an outstanding PhD in the field
  • The candidate is expected to have excellent research skills, demonstrated by articles in leading academic journals or international publications;
  • The candidate should preferably have experience in various working environments, including a successful postdoc period at a foreign research institute;
  • The candidate must enjoy international recognition and independence as demonstrated by contributions to international meetings and co-operation (e.g. joint publications, the organization of academic meetings and/or editorships, participation in international congresses as invited speaker).


  • The candidate must have relevant teaching experience;
  • The candidate must have a strong commitment to (research-driven) teaching;
  • The candidate must within a reasonable period of time contribute in courses taught at the faculty.


  • The candidate presents a challenging and innovative research proposal related to the research profile of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (3-5 pages);
  • The candidate must have demonstrable organizational and communication qualities;
  • A candidate who is not a native speaker of English must be proficient in English to level C1/C2;
  • A candidate who is not a native Dutch speaker must be prepared to learn Dutch within two years.

Selection procedure

On the basis of these application, the pre-selection committee will select outstanding candidates for a first round of interviews. The interviews will be held on December 17/18th. The candidates invited for an interview will be asked to provide copies of two to three key publications and are expected to give a lecture for the committee and other interested parties.

The pre-selection committee will ask at least three independent referees to assess the candidates. If necessary, an assessment may be part of the procedure.

The pre-selection committee will make a recommendation to the Faculty Board. After approval, the Faculty Board will send the recommendation on to the Central University Committee (CUC).

The CUC will assess whether or not the candidates match the criteria for a Rosalind Franklin Fellowship, and if so pass on the recommendation to the Board of the University. The Board of the University awards the fellowships.

Last modified:30 July 2015 4.30 p.m.