PhD Scholarship in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Origins at Groningen

courtesy of Prof. Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta:

PhD Scholarship in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Origins (B076220)

Scholarship opportunities

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, offers a four year scholarship to complete a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies. The PhD student will be enrolled in our Graduate School.

The PhD will conduct research that fits with the profile of research unit Jewish, Christian and Islamic Origins:…)ian-islamic-origins/

The proposed PhD research plan should match one of the following trajectories:

  • Hebrew Bible and early Judaism; Qumran
  • New Testament and early Christianity; Gnosticism and Nag Hammadi.


The PhD student is expected:

  • 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
  • to be able to finish the PhD thesis in four years
  • to enjoy planning, taking initiative, and academic writing and
  • to have the desire to publish.


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 more than 32,000 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.


The successful candidate will receive a scholarship of €2,181 gross per month. She/he 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 three 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…)ditions-application/

The preferred starting date is 1 September 2020.


You may apply for this position until 17 May 11:59 pm / before 18 May 2020 Dutch local time (CEST) by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

Your application should include:

  • a brief letter of motivation (letter of motivation attachment)
  • a CV, including contact details of two academic referees (CV attachment)
  • a research proposal of up to 2000 words, covering (a) state of the art, (b) main research question, key objectives, and relevance, (c) the proposed (methodological) approach, and (d) the proposed timetable for the writing of your thesis (if your project is interdisciplinary, please also list potential co-supervisor[s]) (extra attachment)
  • a writing sample of no more than 5000 words, such as an essay or part of a master’s thesis (extra attachment 1)
  • certified official transcripts of your academic degrees (extra attachment 2).

Official documents must be in the English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Dutch language. Any translation of originals not in these languages must be authenticated.

Note that the procedure will include interviews. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview via online conferencing.

Interviews are scheduled to take place 15 June 2020.

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