PhD opportunities

1. Regular 3 or 4-year PhD positions

Individual researchers or research groups may offer 3 to 4-year PhD positions if they have acquired personal or project grants, for example from the EU (H2020), the Dutch national research foundation (NWO/ZonMW), Industry, or another source. PhD researchers on these types of grants, if selected, will usually be employed and thus receive a salary for the duration of the PhD project. Applying to such a position resembles applying to a regular job.

Information on these types of positions does not reside with the Graduate School but may be found on the UMCG website. Alternatively, you may contact the PhD supervisor of your choice directly to inquire about opportunities.

2. Research Master to PhD

The most talented students who have completed one of the Research Master programs at the GSMS have the opportunity to apply for a fully funded 3-year PhD education and training program. In the final stages of your master you will write and defend your own PhD project proposal. The most excellent projects are awarded funding.

Every year, there is an open competition for a number of these full PhD scholarships. Consult this page to see whether you may be eligible to apply.

3. Sandwich PhD Scholarships

Consult this page to find out more about the ins- and outs of Sandwich PhD funding.

In this section we particularly want to highlight the opportunities that are offered as part of the  Abel Tasman Talent Program (ATTP). Within ATTP, we offer funded Sandwich PhD Scholarships in collaboration with Strategic Partners. Students usually pursue the first two years of their PhD training at their home university, followed by two years spent at the University of Groningen/University Medical Center Groningen where their thesis is completed. You will be supervised by at least two supervisors, one at each institution. The UMCG PhD supervisor must follow the instructions available here to apply to ATTP Sandwich PhD funding.

For more information: contact Joyce Fongers

4. Externally Funded PhD

Many of our international PhD students come with funding from their own government, or have other sources of external funding. This gives you some liberty to design your project in communication with your PhD supervisor. The Graduate School will support your application to external funding if one of our Principal Investigators has agreed to supervise you. As of the academic year 2019, all students who as a result of a selective process have acquired funding to carry out their full PhD at the UMCG, may be eligible to receive a top-up of their monthly allowance from the University of Groningen (UG). The combined funding amounts to approximately EUR 1800 per month and shall not exceed the norms established by UG. Please consult our FAQ section or contact Joyce Fongers for more information.

PIs (supervisors) may request a Letter of Acceptance from the Graduate School for prospective PhD external funding applications by filling out this request form. More information on tuition/bench fees can be found here.

5. MD/PhD Program

The MD/PhD program offers students the opportunity to combine their Master phase with PhD training and to then obtain a (D)MD and PhD degree upon completion. In this program students spend an additional two years on scientific research alongside their regular medical or dental education and receive both ther MD and PhD degree in 6+2 years. The program is very flexible and gives students the possibility to advance specifically in their field of interest.

More information: Dr. Joke Mark-van der Wouden

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