PhD Fellowships for Developing Countries at University of Groningen

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The programme enables junior researchers to do part of their PhD research at the University of Groningen for periods of a maximum of six months each year within a four year period.

During this period, the researcher remains in the employ of their home institution in the country of origin.

There are also grants available for a brief stay in Groningen (max. three months).

These are intended for junior researchers who wish to formulate a research proposal or academic staff who want to spend a sabbatical leave at the University of Groningen .

The University of Groningen is able to provide a thesis supervisor who will be responsible for the scientific supervision of the research.

Host Institution: University of Groningen

Target group: Developing Countries

PhD candidates from a university that has signed a co-operation agreement will be given preferential treatment.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

Grants will cover expenses incurred in traveling to and from the Netherlands (max. of four times) and the living costs during the stay.

A moderate research budget can be granted, if judged necessary by the academic supervisor.


  • Applicant is an inhabitant of any of the developing countries.
  • Applicant meets the academic requirements for PhD research (has an MSc degree of equivalent) and is a junior researcher.
  • Applicant is employed by a research institute or university in country of origin and should receive an income from the home institution. The application should be supported by this organization
  • Research should relate to issues relevant to developing countries or Eastern European countries and should be conducted in the home country.
  • Applicant submits a research proposal. This proposal should include:

    (i)Clear research question

    (ii)Short description of current developments in the chosen area of research

    (iii)A plan for the work

    (iv)A survey of relevant literature

    (v)A list of applicant’s publications


    Fellowship Criteria:

    The Scientific Committee of the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) of the University of Groningen assesses research proposals on academic quality and feasibility.

    Application Deadline: Annual.

    Contact information:

    International Service Desk,

    University of Groningen,

    P.O Box 72, 9700

    AB Groningen,

    The Netherlands.

    E-mail: isd [at]

    For More Information and Application, Please Visit; University of Groningen Website

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