PhD scholarships Groningen Graduate School of Law (6.0 FTE)

Updated: 5 days ago
Deadline: 11 May 2021

Scholarship opportunities

Do you like to work on a self-developed research project? The Groningen Graduate School of Law offers 6 PhD scholarships at which you will be working within an inspiring research environment at one of the faculty's research programmes: .

During a four-year PhD trajectory your focus as a PhD student is to conduct supervised scientific research. You are working on a self-developed research proposal that will result in a PhD thesis.

The GGSL offers a training programme to support that research and your personal development. You will receive a PhD training fund to participate in (international) conferences and workshops and seminars.


We expect candidates to have completed a university study, preferably in law and/or in a field that is relevant for carrying out the research proposal. The candidate should develop the research proposal him/herself. If the candidate has not completed a research master's degree, this research proposal must demonstrate an interdisciplinary character.

Candidates must demonstrate good academic research and writing skills, for example through academic publications or the quality of the master's thesis. In addition, they should be able to plan and carry out their activities independently.

Current master's students, who will finish their master's degree this summer, can apply. Please note that the completion of a master's degree is a formal requirement for the award of the scholarship.

The ideal candidate has the following competences:

● analytical thinking skills
● goal oriented
● critical research attitude
● perseverance


The University of Groningen
Since its founding in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. We encourage the 35.000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Among the best research universities in Europe, we join forces with prestigious partner universities and networks around the world, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Law
The Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen is a modern, (inter)nationally oriented institution which builds on a longstanding tradition of almost four centuries. The faculty has the ambition to measure itself with the best law faculties in Europe and continuously renews its curriculum in order to educate lawyers with a broad orientation, accustomed to look beyond the borders of their own (sub) discipline. The faculty’s research is often cross- and multidisciplinary. The faculty offers several (inter)national bachelor and master programmes and hosts more than 4900 students and almost 400 members of staff.

The Groningen Graduate School of Law
The faculty offers 6 PhD scholarships for enthusiastic research talent. You will be accommodated at the Groningen Graduate School of Law (GGSL), where you will conduct high-quality research, where you can compile a training programme tailored to your needs and where you can prepare for a future career in a variety of legal professions inside and outside academia. You will also work in an inspiring research environment at one of the faculty's research programmes.


The offer concerns a scholarship for the duration of 4 years on the basis of the PhD Scholarship Programme. An annual evaluation takes place to see if the results are sufficient to obtain a PhD within the agreed time frame. The programme should be concluded with a dissertation, whether or not in the form of articles.

Information on the PhD Scholarship programme, including the amount of the scholarship and your rights and obligations can be found at:

Preferring starting date: 1 September/October 2021


You may apply until 10 May 11:59 / before 11 May 2021 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Candidates should submit the following items (digitally):

● A motivation letter in which you describe why you wish to do this research, why you aim at performing this specific research, what makes you pre-eminently suitable to perform this research and, if possible, which supervisor you have in mind
● A curriculum vitae
● A list of marks or results belonging to the master degree (combine these into one file together with the English language test) and a certified English language test for non-Dutch speakers*
● The name of a reference or a recommendation relevant for academic performance
● A research proposal of max. 4 A4 (including footnotes but excluding bibliography) consisting of the following elements:

i. The introduction of the central question
ii. The central question
iii. The relevant literature
iv. The methodology
v. The plan of approach
vi. The way the research fits into the faculty’s research programmes.
*a certified language test: CPE, CAE, IELTS or TOEFL; (IELTS > 7.0, all section scores should at least be 6.5 plus a writing score of at least 7.0; TOEFL > 100, all section scores should at least be 23 plus a writing score of at least 25).

You are exempt from proving proficiency in English if you:

● are a native speaker and have completed secondary education in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia;
● have already completed a bachelor and master’s programme in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia;

If English was the medium of instruction during your previous education, but you do not meet the above mentioned requirements for exemption, you are still required to prove your English proficiency by means of one of the tests as mentioned above.

Interviews with the selected candidates will take place in the week of 7 June.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • Marjolijn Both, MA (for practical information), Coordinator GGSL,
  • Prof. Albertjan Tollenaar, Director GGSL,

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

Additional information
  • Further information about the faculty's research programmes


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