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Faculty-funded PhD position

Occasionally, the faculty will have positions for PhD candidates to conduct research within a larger research project. These positions are advertised through the main university website.

PhD Scholarship Programme

As of 1 September 2016, the University of Groningen started with a PhD Scholarship Programme. This programme was issued by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science (OCW) within the framework of the national PhD Scholarship Programme Experiment.

The number of scholarships available are very limited, and admission is competitive.

External PhD position

An external PhD student is defined as someone who performs his or her doctoral studies without being employed by (or having a training place) at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies.

Anyone with a master’s or graduate degree may decide to pursue a PhD (see for the exact rules and regulations in this context the Regulations of the Conferral of a Doctorate). A professor must be willing to supervise the research project and the writing of the thesis, and to act as promoter. With regard to the admission to the promotion and the quality of the research and the dissertation, the same requirements apply as with the other PhD students. External candidates must also comply with the Ph.D. Regulations and the administrative procedure.

It is also possible to be considered as an external PhD without funding or scholarship.

External PhD students with a scholarship from their own country can apply at any moment throughout the year.

Please note that external PhD candidates with their own funding are required to follow the application procedure for the Graduate School. Admission to the Graduate School is assessed by the Admission Board.

Top-up for PhD candidates with their own funding

The University of Groningen welcomes international PhD students with a competitive scholarship from their home country (secured funding for a PhD project). To this end, the University will top up the scholarships to the same amount (€ 1.750,-) as that of regular PhD scholarship students in the PhD scholarship programme.

The number of scholarships available is limited.

Other funding possibilities

Other opportunities for additional funding may be found on the following grantfinder pages:

  • University of Groningen Grantfinder
  • The University of Groningen offers scholarships to international students who wish to enroll in Research MA or PhD programmes that are offered by the nine Groningen Graduate Schools, as well as grants for exchanges, short courses and research stays at our University.
  • Doctoral Grant for Teachers (NWO)
  • Nuffic (the Netherlands Organization for International Co-operation in Higher Education) provides information to prospective MA and PhD students on (post)graduate study in the Netherlands. Consult their online search engine Netherlands Student Grantfinder in case you are considering such study and looking for financial aid. This grantfinder contains information on a range of Dutch scholarships for foreign students.
Interested candidates are advised to contact potential supervisors.

Last modified:20 December 2018 3.33 p.m.