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What will I learn?

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen is committed to providing advanced training at Research Masters and PhD levels to the most promising graduates in Archaeology, Linguistics, and Literary and Culture Studies. The Graduate School for the Humanities offers the organisational infrastructure within which graduate students participate in advanced training and supervised research.

The Graduate School for the Humanities is home to all activities involving PhD research, PhD supervision, and graduation at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen.

As a PhD candidate, you are in the unique position of being able to dedicate yourself to scientific research for a period of three, four or even five years. This is a time span in which you will grow both as a scientist and as a person.

The Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG is its Dutch acronym) is one of the three research institutes within the Faculty of Arts. ICOG is home to a wide range of disciplines, from History, the Arts, Literatures and Cultures, American Studies, and Media and Journalism Studies, to International Relations, Humanitarian Action and Area Studies. Beyond their distinct subject areas and approaches, these disciplines share their interest for culture as the practices through which, now as in the past, humans define and negotiate their values, organize their societies, manage diversity, and reflect on impactful changes.

The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen is a research institute within the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. It is the institutional home for all the linguistic research carried out within the faculty.

Many CLCG PhD students participate in Groningen’s Research School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN), a local interdisciplinary research school that brings together research from five different faculties of the University of Groningen. Likewise, many of CLCG PhD students choose to participate in the national graduate school in linguistics, LOT (Landelijke Onderzoeksschool Taalwetenschap). One of the major tasks of BCN and LOT is offering training courses to PhD students. Various PhD students attend courses that are organized by BCN and LOT, while some senior CLCG researchers teach such courses.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 - 4 years)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

Expected August, September 2022


University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,


9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Research Master degree or equivalent. Applicants with other research master degrees will be considered if sufficiently related to the research programme; Fluent in English (written and spoken).

For international students

In order to meet the requirements for admission to a graduate fellowship (i.e. a PhD position for which you will receive a salary) you need at least have an internationally recognized Master's degree of an accredited university. Other requirements will be specified in the announcement of available positions.

In the case of non-native users of English, a statement of competence/certification in written and spoken English must be submitted. This official documentation should include e.g. IELTS or TOEFL scores or the Cambridge Certificate. This usually means a minimum score of 7.0 on IELTS, or 600 on paper-based TOEFL (or 250 computer-based TOEFL, or 100 internet-based TOEFL).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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