Several PhD scholarships at the prestigious Utrecht University

Scholarship:  Fully-funded
Degree:   PhD
Nationality: International Students
Location: Netherlands
Application deadlines: Open

Scholarship Description:

Utrecht University (English Utrecht University; Dutch Universiteit Utrecht), also known as Utrecht University, is one of the world’s leading public research universities, one of the oldest universities in Europe and one of the top three “U” universities in the Netherlands, ranked number one by US News. The university’s motto is “Sol Iustitiae Illustra Nos”, which means “Justice of the Sun for All”. Utrecht University was founded on 26 March 1636 and has a history of 380 years. Located in Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, the university is renowned for its long tradition. To date, Utrecht has produced 12 Nobel Prize winners and 15 Spinoza Prize winners. Utrecht University has over 30,000 students and more than 6,700 lecturers and professors.

Utrecht University is one of the three Dutch members of the European Union of Research Universities. It is also a member of the World University Association. 2022 U.S. News World University Ranking: 48th in the world. 2022 Times Higher Education World University Ranking: 69th in the world. 2022 QS World University Ranking: 110th in the world.

Available Subjects:

Position 1: PhD student position in “Anchoring Innovation” research

The classic research project “Anchoring Innovation” investigates the way in which “new things” are accepted and understood by relevant social groups in the process of “anchoring”. New things are often anchored in “cultural common ground”. In this work package of the Anchoring Innovation Research Programme, we examine how the concept of cultural common ground (as opposed to individual common ground) helps to explain different aspects of the birth of the Roman Empire. It is then the role of cultural common ground as an anchor for self-understanding and identity formation that is the overarching question of this topic group.

Deadline: 24 April 2023

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Position 2: Defining the role of sublimated ice in mass loss across the solar system PhD student position

The Department of Physical Geography (School of Earth Sciences) is looking for a PhD candidate as part of the project “Defining the role of sublimating ice in mass loss across the solar system”. The project combines satellite image interpretation and laboratory simulation of environmental chambers that can simulate low atmospheric pressures and temperatures to determine, for the first time, the role of sublimated ice in mass erosion (e.g. landslides and mass flows) of various rock masses. Specifically, Mars, Ceres, Mercury, Vesta, comets 67P and 9P, the Moon and Earth are targeted. Are you interested in mountain geomorphology, planets? Is “the sky is not the limit” important to you? Do you enjoy doing experiments and working with satellite images? Are you interested in developing a career as a scientific researcher? Then this could be the job for you.

Deadline: 12 March 2023

Application link. wasting-across-the-solar-system-10-fte

Position 3: PhD student position in financing the strategic transformation of existing business models

The transition to sustainable development requires existing companies in many industries to fundamentally transform their business models. While there is a large body of research dealing with new sustainable business models for enterprises, we do not yet understand how incumbents deal with the complex dynamics of obsolescence decisions while driving organisational renewal and innovation. Furthermore, it remains unclear how financial institutions can adequately support these enterprises in the strategic transformation of their business models.

Deadline: 15 March 2023

Application link. incumbent-business-models-08-10-fte

Position 4: PhD student position in economics

The Faculty of Economics at Utrecht University (U.S.E) is looking for a PhD candidate/lecturer in economics. Over a period of six years, you will conduct doctoral research and teach students. This means that you will spend 60% of your time conducting research and 40% of your time teaching. The exact details of your schedule will be decided in close consultation between you, your supervisor and our Education Coordinator. Teaching schedules may vary from period to period, but will be determined in advance. Working time will be spent on training and development, which will include time to gain a university teaching qualification.

Closing date: 19 March 2023

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Position 5: PhD student position in sustainability assessment of renewable carbon-based technologies for bulk aromatics production

A four-year PhD position is available to conduct a sustainability assessment of three novel renewable carbon-based technology platforms for bulk aromatics production. This vacancy is part of the recently awarded project “Aromatic Renewables as Opportunities for Improved Circularity and Sustainability in Bulk Chemicals” (AROMATICS), a project of the Dutch Missiegedreven Onderzoek, Ontwikkeling en Innovatie (MOOI) project in the Netherlands. This interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder project aims to develop three promising platforms for the production of bioaromatics and to bring them to a technology readiness level of 5/6. The project aims to create new value chains by linking renewable carbon feedstock suppliers with technology providers, the chemical industry and brand owners. In this way, once the developed technology has been implemented, aromatics production can be achieved with the intention of significantly reducing CO2 emissions.

Deadline: 8 March 2023

Application link. based-technologies-for-bulk-aromatics

Position 6: PhD student position in marketing of sustainable technologies

Over a period of six years, you will conduct PhD research and teach students. You will spend 60% of your time conducting research and 40% of your time teaching. The exact details of your schedule will be determined in close consultation between you, your supervisor and our Education Coordinator. The schedule may vary for each period, but will be determined in advance. Working time is reserved for training and development, which includes gaining a basic teaching qualification and a PhD programme. During the six-year period, your research progress and your work as a teacher will be assessed at predetermined times.

Deadline: 1 April 2023

Application link. -technologies-10-fte

Position 7: PhD student position in natural environment, pro-environmental behaviour and mental health of urban adolescents

Are you passionate about understanding the relationship between the mental health of urban adolescents, pro-environmental behaviour (PEB) and their environment? Do you want to be part of a cutting-edge research project that uses data-driven methods to address the urgent need to investigate the mental health of urban adolescents in different cultural contexts? Then this is the opportunity for you.

Deadline: 20 March 2023

Application link. behaviors-and-mental-health-of-urban-youths-10