PhD Scholarship:Consensus, Compromise and Majority rule at Uni of Groningen Netherlands 2021

The University of Groningen (RUG) invites applications for PhD Scholarship in Consensus, Compromise & Majority rule in the 2021/22 academic session.

The University of Groningen offers a four-year PhD student scholarship opportunity to complete a dissertation on a topic related to new challenges of collective decision-making. The PhD candidate will be co-supervised by Pr. Dr Caspar van den Berg (formal supervisor) and Dr Élise Rouméas (daily supervisor) and will be a member of the “Global and Local Governance” Flagship team at Campus Fryslân, which is composed of several PhD students and researchers, with expertise in consensual politics, theories of democracy and liberalism, regional governance, and sustainable transitions. The Chair was recently awarded the Ben Feringa Impact fund for its societal impact.

The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School Campus Fryslân (GSCF). Broad topics of interest for the doctoral research include (but are not limited to):

● Shifting attitudes towards disagreement in democratic politics, e.g. political polarisation, fixed vs. flexible mindset, pluralism, intolerance & anger, etc.
● The ethics and politics of democratic decision-making procedures, e.g.
● Consensual vs. majoritarian politics, ethics of compromise, electoral ethics, etc.
● New challenges in democratic politics arising from global and local processes, e.g. dilemmas of inclusion/exclusion, democratic innovations, etc.

Of particular interest are proposals that are both empirically-grounded and engage with contemporary debates in analytical political theory/philosophy. A background in political theory/philosophy is required for the position.

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Worth of Award

You enrol in the PhD Scholarship Programme and receive a scholarship of € 2,207 per month (gross) from the University of Groningen.


The candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in political science, political philosophy, or relevant academic field
  • experience with conceptual and normative approaches, in particular analytical political theory/philosophy
  • interest in empirically-informed political theory/philosophy
  • very good record of undergraduate and graduate studies
  • very good command of spoken and written English. Proficiency in another language is an asset
  • very good individual and collaborative working, presenting and writing skills, planning and organizational skills
  • strong motivation to complete a PhD dissertation in four years.

How to Apply

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

Please upload your complete application in English until the deadline, by submitting the following documents:

  • write a cover letter (no more than 1 page) about why you want to receive a PhD Scholarship at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen (Letter of Motivation attachment)
  • CV including names and contact details of two Academic References (CV attachment)
  • add the results (grades) of your Research Master or Master program (Certificate of Academic Degree attachment)
  • provide proof of sufficient competence in English (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS) (extra attachment)
  • develop and submit your own PhD proposal (max 2000 words) and connect to any intended supervisor in the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. Both the fit and the contribution will be an explicit consideration in the evaluation of the PhD proposal. While an intended supervisor may provide feedback they expect you to develop your own PhD Scholarship proposal.
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Deadline: Application is open until April 14, 2021, 11:59 pm Dutch local time


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