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There are different ways to acquire a PhD position at the Faculty of Law.

1. PhD Scholarship programme
The Faculty offers scholarships for a period of four years to obtain a PhD in Law. In spring 2020  a call for applications will be organized. Candidates must have obtained a Masters degree, preferably a two year research Master or an equivalent of that. They have a strong scientific interest, and good research skills.

Selection criteria are the quality of the candidate, the quality of the research proposal and the degree to which the proposed research can be supervised by the scientific staff of the faculty.

Successful candidates receive a scholarship of approximately €1700 net per month. The university withholds income tax and social security contributions. They will be enrolled by the Groningen Graduate School of Law. They start with a scholarship of one year; prolongation of the scholarship with another three years is dependent on sufficient progress in the first year.

2. PhD positions with external funding
The Faculty may also receive funding for PhD projects from external sources. In that case a call for applicants will appear at the University website under 'Job opportunities at the University of Groningen'. Successfull candidates will become employee of the Faculty.

3. Contract PhD's
Contract PhDs are candidates who have already secured external funding or a scholarship of their own country to carry out a fulltime PhD research project.  Candidates have to meet the same criteria as the PhD scholars mentioned above.

Although contract-PhD's do not have a formal appointment at the Faculty, their position is identical to other categories of PhD's as to training, monitoring of progress and other work facilities.

4. External PhD's
External PhD's do not have an appointment at the Faculty. They write a dissertation in their own time under supervision. Candidates have to meet the same criteria as the PhD scholars mentioned above. 

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