6 PhD scholarships at Groningen Graduate School of Law at University of Groningen in Netherlands 2021

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

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.

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.

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).


  • They 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.
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The ideal candidate has the following competences:

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

How to Apply

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

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:

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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).

Deadline: Application is open until  May 10, 11:59 pm / before 11 May 2021 Dutch local time.


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