The University of Groningen in Netherlands invites applications from students from developing countries to do a fully funded PhD programme in the university. The University of Groningen Talent Grant is meant to create a strong link between recipients’ universities and Groningen.
PhD candidates from a university that has signed a co-operation agreement will be given preferential treatment. There are also grants available for a brief stay in Groningen (max. three months). These are intended for junior researchers who wish to formulate a research proposal or academic staff who want to spend a sabbatical leave at the University of Groningen.

  • Applicant is an inhabitant of one of the eligible countries
  • Applicant meets the academic requirements for PhD research (has an MSc degree of equivalent) and is a junior researcher
  • Applicant is employed by a research institute or university in country of origin and should receive an income from the home institution. The application should be supported by this organization
  • Research should relate to issues relevant to developing countries or Eastern European countries and should be conducted in the home country
  • Applicant submits a research proposal. This proposal should include:
  • Clear research question
  • Short description of current developments in the chosen area of research
  • A plan for the work
  • A survey of relevant literature
  • A list of applicant’s publications
  • References
  • The University of Groningen is able to provide a thesis supervisor who will be responsible for the scientific supervision of the research

Worth of Awards
The programme enables junior researchers to do part of their PhD research at the University of Groningen for periods of a maximum of six months each year within a four year period. During this period, the researcher remains in the employ of their home institution in the country of origin. Grants will cover expenses incurred in travelling to and from the Netherlands (max. of four times) and the living costs during the stay. A moderate research budget can be granted, if judged necessary by the academic supervisor.
 How to Apply

  • First the candidate should apply for admission to a study programme at the University of Groningen. Please check the application guide from the link below and apply early.

Eligible Countries
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Replublic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, China, Colombia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, GuineaBissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kiribati, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Moldova, Mongolia, Macedonia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Namibia, Niue, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Autonomous Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tokelau, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe, East Timor, South Korea
Deadline: February 22, 2012.
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To learn more about applying for admission, click here