Three Ph.D. Positions in Law (The Netherlands) Deadline: May 14, 2019

University of Groningen 

Application Deadline

May 14, 2019

Program Commencement

September 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

4 Years

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Program Details

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

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’s research is often cross- and multidisciplinary. The faculty offers several (inter)national bachelor and master programs and hosts more than 4000 students and almost 350 members of staff.

The Faculty of Law offers 3 scholarships for PhD scholarship students. The candidates may carry out their research according to the approved research proposal. The GGSL provides training and offers the opportunity to attend international conferences and to participate in workshops and seminars. Part of the training consists in following the Career Perspectives curriculum, which aims to prepare students for their (academic or non-academic) careers after the PhD trajectory.

The selected candidates will participate in the Groningen Graduate School of Law (GGSL). The candidates are required to carry out their research in one of the following seven research programs:

  1. Effective Criminal Law 
  2. Law on Energy and Sustainability.
  3. Protecting European Citizens and Market Participants
  4. Transboundary Legal Studies
  5. User-friendly Private Law
  6. Public Interests and Private Relationships
  7. Public Trust and Public Law

Eligibility/ Requirements

The applicants should have obtained a university Masters diploma, preferably in law or in a field that is relevant for carrying out the research proposal. They should furthermore be competent in academic writing and should be able to plan and organize their activities in an independent manner.

More details here.

Application Process

If you meet the qualification criteria, Apply Here.

Your application should include:

  • 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)
  • a letter of reference/ recommendation relevant for academic performance
  • a certified English language test for non-Dutch speakers*
  • a research proposal of max. 4 A4 (including footnotes but excluding bibliography) consisting of the following elements:
  1. The introduction of the central question
  2. The central question
  3. The relevant literature
  4. The methodology
  5. The plan of approach
  6. The way the research fits into the faculty’s research programs.
  • 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)

For more information, please contact Marjolijn Both, MA (for practical information), coordinator GGSL,, Prof. Pauline Westerman, director GGSL,

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