Philosophy also ends scholarship PhD positions

Another faculty changes its mind

Philosophy also ends scholarship PhD positions

After the law faculty, the Faculty of Philosophy has also decided to no longer employ scholarship PhDs. The faculty says that having two types of PhD candidates is ‘not desirable’.
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Christien Boomsma

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Christien Boomsma

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For 2020, philosophy only has to PhD positions available instead of the four they had previously. Both positions are for employees, not scholarship PhDs.

‘It’s a deliberate decision’, says director of the Graduate School of Philosophy Han Thomas Adriaenssen. ‘We felt it was no longer acceptable for there to be a difference between our PhD candidates.’

NWO norm

Since research financier NWO only provides employee positions for PhDs, the faculty has decided to follow their norm, since ‘we’ll always have employed PhDs’. Unfortunately, this meant that the faculty had fewer positions available; employed PhDs are more expensive.

Philosophy will not be exploring how to compensate the current scholarship PhDs. ‘That is currently not something we’re talking about.’

The national experiment that pays PhDs a scholarship rather than salary has been met with much criticism. The scholarship PhDs earn several hundred euros less a month than employed PhDs. They also don’t earn a pension, get no vacation pay or year-end bonus.

Manifesto

Last December, Groningen PhD candidates published a manifesto in which they demanded an immediate end to the experiment. This manifesto has since been translated nine hundred times. 236 of the signatures are from scholarship PhDs.

In spite of the criticism, the RUG has decided to recruit 650 scholarship PhDs over the next few years.

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