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Research Graduate School of Spatial Sciences PhD Programme


The GS welcomes applications of PhD candidates who are vigorously interested in obtaining their PhD.

PhD candidates wishing to enroll with a scholarship or as an external candidate are required to follow the application checklist. Else, candidates can check the availability of PhD vacancies within the Faculty.

Either way prospective PhD candidates must have above average grades for MSc or MPhil and typically above 7.0.

Application Checklist

All applicants for PhD projects who wish to join the Graduate School of Spatial Sciences should consult the following checklist. Only applications that are complete will be taken into consideration by the Graduate School. It is the responsibility of the applicant to acquire funding/a scholarship.

Component Explanation Check?
Copy of ID Copy of a valid ID card or passport. Yes/No

Copies of certificates and transcripts

The Faculty needs legalized copies of your university degree certificates and transcripts of records. (both Bachelor’s and Master’s) Yes/No
Curriculum Vitae CV: information about your background, education, work experience, etc.  Yes/No

Research proposal -

please follow this format

Describing the content of the research project you are applying for, including the background of the study, research questions, preliminary methods selection, and a time schedule. Yes/No
Motivational letter Letter explaining why you are applying for a position in Groningen/at FRW, and why you chose the topic of the research proposal. Experience with living and working abroad? Yes/No
References Please provide a list of three references. Yes/No
Scholarship award letter We would like to receive a copy of your scholarship award letter as soon as you receive it. This is the ONLY document that may be sent at a later stage. Yes/No
IELTS or TOEFL test report

Copy of the test results of the IELTS or TOEFL test (English language test).

IELTS test requirements are: a minimum score of 7.0 overall, 6.5 on parts.

TOEFL test are: an overall score should be 94-95 in case of TOEFL Internet-based score, and 587 TOEFL paper-based score. A minimum score of 79-80 or 550 is required on the parts.

Native speakers of the English language, as well as Dutch candidates with a VWO certificate are exempt from this requirement.

Brief report of Skype/telephone conversation You should have had at least one Skype or telephone conversation with your future supervisor at FRW (initiated by you). This will be checked with the supervisor. Yes/No
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