PhD Scholarship in Theology and Religious Studies / CHI University of Groningen, Department Christianity and the History of Ideas

PhD Scholarship in Theology and Religious Studies / CHI (B090217)




Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge. The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies is an ambitious faculty with a dynamic and accomplished staff drawn from around the world (58% international), and a Graduate School with 60 PhD students.

Scholarship opportunities


We offer a three-year scholarship to complete a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies. Applications are invited from high quality prospective PhD students with a good fit with the research specialisms of the department ‘Christianity and the History of Ideas’, where academic staff are engaged in the study of the history of Christianity from the Middle Ages to the present, the philosophy of religion, religious heritage, as well as secularism in culture and governance. The PhD student will be enrolled in our Graduate School. Information about the faculty, the department and the Graduate School can be found at:



The PhD student is expected:
  • to have a Master’s degree (preferably a two years Research Master or equivalent) in Theology or in Religious Studies or another relevant discipline;
  • to have a thorough training in research skills;
  • to be fluent in English (both oral and written);
  • to be able and willing to work in an interdisciplinary environment;
  • have the abilities to finish the PhD thesis in three years, like planning, taking initiative, academic writing, desire to publish.



The successful candidate will receive a gross scholarship of €2,099 per month, of which wage tax and social insurance premiums will be deducted. They will be required to be resident in Groningen and will initially be offered a scholarship of one year; prolongation of the scholarship for a further two years is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year.General information about the University of Groningen’s PhD scholarship programme can be found here:



You can apply for this scholarship until 1 April 23:59h / 2 April 2018 Dutch local time, by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below).Your application should include:
  • a brief letter of motivation;
  • a CV, including contact details of two academic referees;
  • a research proposal of up to 2000 words, covering state of the art, main research question, key objectives, relevance, the proposed (methodological) approach, a brief description of the relevant literature; a proposed timetable for the writing of your thesis; and the names of potential supervisors at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies;
  • a writing sample of no more than 5000 words, such as an essay or part of a master’s thesis;
  • certified, official transcripts of your academic degrees.
Official documents must be in the English or Dutch language. Any translation of originals not in these languages must be authenticated.The preferred starting date is 1 September 2018.Note that the procedure will include interviews. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview in Groningen or via Skype.Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.



For information you can contact:
  • Prof. dr. Todd Weir, acting chair of the department Christianity and the History of Ideas,
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