PhD positions for highly qualified graduates


Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences


University of Groningen

Job description

The Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology ICS offers fully funded PhD positions for a variety of projects. The PhD candidates will be appointed for a four-year period, with a formal evaluation at the end of the first year. In this period the graduates will work on their individual project, leading to a doctoral dissertation.

The program (fully taught in English) will start 1 September 2023. Information about the different PhD projects can be found on the ICS website from 16 March 2023.

The Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) is an internationally renowned Research Center and Graduate School in the field of Sociology, located in The Netherlands at the Universities of Groningen, Utrecht, Nijmegen, and Amsterdam (UvA).


Excellent candidates who graduated or will graduate shortly are invited to apply, with a specialization in Sociology or related disciplines (e.g. Psychology, Educational Sciences, Economics, Mathematics, or Statistics).

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

We offer, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, a salary of € 2,541 gross per month in the first year up to € 3,247 gross per month in the fourth year based on a full-time position. For information about employment conditions in Dutch universities please consult this website: Tuition fees do not apply.

Job Application

Applications, online only through the ICS graduate school website (, can be submitted as of 16 March 2023. You may apply for this position until 11 April 11:59pm / before 12 April 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Interviews will be conducted on 24 May 2023 and 26 May 2023.
Part of the procedure may be that an initial informal interview will be held previous to the interview scheduled on 24 or 26 May. Invitations for interviews will be sent by email after 10 May 2023.

You need to upload the following documents (in pdf):

• CV including 2 references (contact data)
• Letter of motivation (max. 2 pages)
• Copy of your diploma (including grades), or expectation letter (including grades) if you have not finished yet
• Copy of your Master thesis (or draft if you have not finished yet)
• Reference letter(s) – optional.

Please note you are forwarded to the application portal of the University of Groningen. However, you should check the project description ( first to see at which university your project is to be executed.

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Additional information

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Further information

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V23.0180

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Extensive information on the ICS and the available PhD positions

Digital application form