PhD Scholarships in Linguistics at University of Groningen in Netherlands 2021

The Graduate School for the Humanities at the University of Groningen (RUG) invites applications for PhD Scholarships in Linguistics in the 2021/22 academic session.

The successful applicants are committed to conducting independent and original scientific research, to report on this research in international publications and presentations, and to present the final results of the research in a PhD dissertation. The PhD students participate in local, national and international training activities, including summer schools and conferences, to maximally develop their potential.

As a member of the Graduate School for the Humanities, a PhD candidate may participate in courses, seminars and summer schools organized by Dutch national graduate school Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalkunde (LOT) or by the Groningen Research School of Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN).

Linguistic research in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen is organized in the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG), which includes 4 research lines:

  • Computational Linguistics
  • Discourse and Communication
  • Neurolinguistics and Language Development
  • Theoretical and Empirical Linguistics.

The proposed PhD research must be closely connected with research currently carried out within one of these research lines. Your intended promotor must be a staff member of CLCG (full professor or associate professor with ius promovendi), and ask his approval.

Worth of Award

  • The scholarship is paid in monthly instalments in accordance with the taxation scheme of a fictitious employment contract.
  • The UG/UMCG withholds income tax and social security contributions.
  • The amount of the scholarship is set so that students receive approximately €1841 net per month (amount as of September 2019).
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Your qualifications are:

  • a master’s degree in linguistics (or related discipline) with an excellent academic record (MA thesis: min. 8/10)
  • proven research abilities and affinity with the research topic
  • excellent command of English and excellent academic writing skills

How to Apply

You may apply for this opportunity by using the application form.

Please send your entire application (in English) as a single PDF-file until the deadline as a ‘letter of motivation’ attachment, by means of the application form (click on ‘Apply’ below on the advertisement on the university website), and follow the exact order below, when uploading your documents into one file.

The submission should contain the following:

  • A cover letter introducing yourself, describing your motivation to conduct scientific research, and locating your research within one of the research groups
  • The signed approval of the intended promotor via form:
  • A full CV demonstrating academic excellence, including publications and presentations (if applicable), and a copy of the data page of your passport
  • A certified copy or scan of your MA diploma (or equivalent) and academic record. Applications of candidates who have not yet finished their MA degree are not eligible.
  • A research proposal, focusing on the central research question to be addressed and the proposed method of approaching and answering this question (no more than (!) 1500 words, tables and references excluded, and a project title), according to the format
  • Names and contact details of two academic references.
  • For questions regarding the submission procedure, please contact Drs M.R.B. Wubbolts, by email: [email protected]
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Deadline: Application is open until Thursday, May 9, 11:59 pm / before Friday 10 May 2021 Dutch local time.


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