PhD Positions in Theology and Religious Studies University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Deadline: 1 March 2012
Open to: Foreign and Dutch students with a Master’s degree in a (sub)discipline of religious studies or theology
Remuneration: A salary of minimal € 2,042 gross a month


The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies is one of the four oldest faculties of the University of Groningen. The University of Groningen was founded in 1614 and is among the 10% best universities in the world. A wide variety of disciplines. Internationally oriented. Rooted in the North of the Netherlands. Socially active. Our researchers and lecturers are inspired academics.

The Faculty is small, full of atmosphere, and is nationally and internationally renowned for its high quality of teaching and research. Through its Centre for Religious Studies, the Groningen Faculty carries out multi- and interdisciplinary research into ancient and living religions focussing on their literature, iconography, history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology and theology.

The Faculty’s Graduate School is looking for two PhD candidates (0,9 fte each) for its PhD programme.
The programme is open to highly motivated foreign and Dutch students who have a wide-ranging interest in religion and wish to study in a challenging academic environment, which aims at excellence and stimulates personal development.

  • For one PhD position, applicants are invited to submit a research proposal in one of the (sub)disciplines of religious studies or theology (vacancy number 211221)
  • For one PhD position, research proposals are invited that focus on the intellectual history of the study of religion at the University of Groningen in its national and international context, with special attention to the influence of Gerardus van der Leeuw. Van der Leeuw’s academic correspondence is available in the archive of the university library (vacancy number 211222).


They are looking for enthusiastic candidates with a Master’s degree or equivalent, in a (sub)discipline of religious studies or theology. The degree must have been obtained within a reasonable period of time and with results that justify the expectation that the student will be able to successfully complete the programme within four years.


The University of Groningen offers a salary of minimal € 2,042 gross a month in the first year to maximal € 2,612 a month in the final year based on a full-time position. The assignment is for 4 years (maximum) and includes an assessment after the first year.

It is a temporary assignment for a period of 4 years. First, you will get a temporary position of 1,5 years with the perspective of prolongation with another 2,5 years. After the first year, there will be an evaluation as to the feasibility of successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years.


Please note that you have to apply only by the application form on the University of Groningen website.

Before applying make sure you read the application requirements.

For more information please contact Prof. A.F. Sanders at the e-mail:

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2 thoughts on “PhD Positions in Theology and Religious Studies University of Groningen, The Netherlands

  1. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am very much interesting to apply for this. Will I be eligible?

    I earned two master degrees, Th.M majored in Systematic theology from Asian Christian Academy, India, 1997, and MA in Ministerial Leadership from Southeastern University, Florida, USA, in 2006. Have 14 years of ministerial career as pastor and teacher.

    Very interesting. Please help!



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