How to apply

The call for applications for a PhD position in the ALERT program has been closed on August 9, 2016, 23:59 CET. It is no longer possible to apply.

We have received over 800 applications which will first be checked on their eligibility. Valid applicants will receive a notification on their eligibility before or on September 30, 2016.

Publication of the call

Deadline for application

Acknowledgement of receipt

Notification e-mail on eligibility

Notification e-mail on invite/rejection for Selection Days

Selection Days

Announcement of selected/rejected candidates

31 May 2016

9 August 2016, 23:59 CET

Before 12 August 2016

Before 2 September 2016 (extended until 30 September 2016)

Before 23 September 2016 (extended until 30 September 2016)

October 24 & 25, 2016

25 October 2016

Selection Days – October 24 and 25, 2016 (The Netherlands)


The best candidates will be invited to the Selection Days. During these two days, we will identify 19 students whom we will offer a position as a PhD student in the program. During these days, both candidates and the group leaders from the network have the opportunity to show what they have to offer.

On the first day, all candidates will give a short presentation on their Master Thesis work, followed by a discussion. In the evening, we will enjoy a dinner together, during which candidates and group leaders  can get to know each other in a more informal setting. The second day will be spend with 1on 1 interviews where the group leaders better learn to know the candidate, and – on the other hand – candidates can ask pressing questions about the group and research program.

Your accommodation and travel expenses will be paid by us.

Start and duration of PhD positions

Fellows preferably start December 1st, 2016, but at the utmost on February 1st, 2016. The fellowship lasts 4 years, which is the standard PhD period in the Netherlands.

Conditions of employment

Both the University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen offer a stimulating work environment in an area of forefront research. As a PhD candidate, you will have a fulltime employment contract for the duration of 4 years. The fulltime appointment is temporary for 1 year with the perspective of prolongation for another 3 years. After nine months, an evaluation will take place of the feasibility of successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years. The research has to result in a PhD thesis at the end of the employment period. The gross monthly salary starts with € 2,174 in the first year and increases to € 2,779 in the fourth year of your employment. Additionally, both institutions provide excellent facilities for professional and personal development, an 8% holiday allowance and an end of year bonus of 8.3%.

Depending on the host institution, the terms of employment comply with either the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) or the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centers (CAO-UMC).

About the University of Groningen

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. The University of Groningen is proud to be among the global elite with a classification in the top 100 of the Shanghai ARWU, the QS World University Rankings, and the THE World University Rankings. The University of Groningen marks the 24th place in the global ranking of Best Places to Work in Academia 2012, published by the American journal The Scientist. This makes the University of Groningen the 5th non-US university and number 3 in Europe.

 About the University Medical Center Groningen

The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) was established in 2005 as a joint activity of the University of Groningen and the Academic Hospital Groningen (AZG). At present, the UMCG is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands and the largest employer in the Northern Netherlands. More than 10,000 employees provide patient care, are involved in medical education and perform cutting-edge scientific research, focused on ‘healthy and active ageing’.

 Working and living in Groningen

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