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PhD scholarship in the field of “Well-being and international development”

7 Feb 2019 5:46 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)


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. Belonging to the best research universities of Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Faculty of Economics and Business
The Faculty of Economics and Business offers an inspiring study and working environment for students and employees. International accreditation enables the Faculty to assess performance against the highest international standards. It also creates an exciting environment of continuous improvement. FEB's programmes, academic staff and research do well on various excellence ranking lists.

Scholarship opportunities

The PhD position will involve working on applied economics projects at the intersection of development, well-being, and labor economics. The successful candidate is expected to develop her/his own research agenda under the guidance of the PhD supervisors. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the well-being consequences of rising living standards in developing countries
  • changes in the incomes and health of migrants and the family members they leave behind
  • the well-being implications of reforms of labor market and other institutions.

The successful candidate is expected to play an active role in designing the PhD project, conducting literature reviews and developing theoretical arguments, analyzing data, writing scientific papers, and presenting research findings at scientific conferences and research seminars.

The project will be part of SOM’s research programme in Global Economics and Management.


We are looking for a candidate with:

  • a MSc degree in economics, or an equivalent degree
  • knowledge of development or labor economics
  • very good methodological and quantitative skills
  • a good command of statistical software such as Stata, R, SPSS, or SAS
  • excellent English language skills
  • good communication skills
  • a high motivation to work in an international environment
  • an ability to work in a team but also independently

Prior research experience is a plus.


The PhD Scholarship student will be enrolled in the PhD Scholarship Programme and receives a scholarship of €2,120 per month (gross) from the University of Groningen under the condition of a positive assessment at the end of the first year. The monthly allowance is comparable to the first-year salary of PhD candidates with an appointment. For more information on the RUG PhD scholarship programme and its benefits please check the website at

An assessment may be part of the procedure, consisting of psychological tests and an interview.
Starting date: Preferably September 1, 2019


If you are interested, you may apply for this position until 3 March 23.59h / before 4 March 2019, Dutch local time. Please click on the "Apply" button below. The application package consists of the following separate documents:
1. your cv and scan of your passport
2. a motivation letter (1A4 max) and a short study proposal for the PhD project (2 A4 max).
3. a scan of your diploma including transcripts
4. proof of English proficiency
5. other relevant documents

The documents 1-4 are compulsory and please note that incomplete application packages will not be taken into account.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

The International Society for
Quality-of-Life Studies

P.O. Box 118
Gilbert, Arizona, 85299, USA


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