Brief information about PhD program

This brief note is to let you know about our PhD program. There are basically two ways you can do a PhD with us. As a full-time candidate, but for this you would need essentially the funds to provide for your living costs, since other than the twice yearly residential seminar participation fee, there would be no costs. The University of Groningen presently does not charge tuition fees for doing a PhD. The second method is to be a part-time external PhD candidate. Again there are no tuition fees presently. You'll come to our campus twice a year and participate in the residential PhD seminar, which lasts 5 days. The fee for the residential seminar is €500 to defray costs of international speakers and social events, like some meals that we have together.

A PhD candidate is generally expected to produce 4 empirical peer-reviewed papers, published in journals of good standing. It is a signal to you and to us that you have delivered a piece of scholarly work that, judged by your peers, (a) makes a contribution to the field, and (b) testifies to your standing as an academic, capable of conducting research of good quality.

You should be qualified to the level of a Master's degree and have prior substantial experience in internationalisation (although we do not expect this for full-time candidates). In addition, we want to see something of your published work and you must be experienced at giving presentations at conferences (again this is different for full-time candidates). 

As a part-time external PhD candidate it is important however that your employer supports what you are doing, preferably with some financial support and time off. A good way to achieve this is to centre your PhD project around a topic that is of interest to your employer. There is too much happening by way of internationalisation activities in education without substantial empirical evidence. The world is your oyster when it comes to this.

You can get an impression of our residential seminars from the relevant pages on this web site. In addition, as the site becomes more mature, our candidates (presently 9 in all, at various stages of progress) will add to the blogs and give you a chance to interact with them.

If you are seriously thinking about doing a PhD with us, you're well advised to first read the detailed information also available on this site before you make contact with us.