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Going Back to Oxford?

I woke up to an email this morning with a horrible scan of a letter attached that began as follows:

I am delighted to inform you that your application for admission to the University of Oxford as a graduate student has been successful. We would like to offer you a place for the Doctor of Philosophy in Theology beginning October 2012.

This is great news, although funding will have to be quite substantial or we won’t be able to afford it. I’ll hear about funding and the college to which I’ve been accepted in a few weeks. I put down St. John’s and Christ Church as my first two college choices, mainly because of the funding they have.

I’d love to go back to Oxford. I don’t think there’s a better place to study in the world, and Aleen and I both have great friends there. If this doesn’t work out, I’ll go back to work (I may be able to adjunct over the fall and spring) and we’ll be applying for PhD programs again next year.


Two PhD Studentships at the University of Groningen

I was just informed the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at Groningen (Netherlands) is offering two PhD studentships in theology/religious studies. It pays € 2,042 to € 2,612 a month, gross, over the course of the four year program.

Job description

The Graduate School of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen is looking for two PhD candidates (0,9 fte) for its PhD programme.

The programme is open to highly motivated foreign and Dutch students who have a wide-ranging interest in religion and who wish to study in a challenging academic environment, which stimulates personal development and which aims at excellence. Applicants are requested to submit a research proposal in one of the (sub)disciplines of Religious Studies or Theology.


We are looking for enthusiastic candidates with a Master’s degree or equivalent, in a (sub)discipline in which the doctoral study will take place. The degree must have been obtained within a reasonable period of time and with results that justify the expectation that the student will be able to successfully complete the programme in four years.

For detailed admission requirements: http://www.rug.nl/gradschoolthrs/admissions/admissionphd

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of minimal € 2,042 gross a month in the first year to maximal € 2,612 gross a month in the final year based on a full-time position. It is a temporary assignment for a period of 4 years. First, you will get a temporary position of 1,5 years with the perspective of prolongation with another 2,5 years. After the first year, there will be an evaluation as to the feasibility of successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years.

Please note that interviews will be held in week 7 (14-18 February 2011) and that you have to apply only by the application form as pronounced below.

The PhD positions are available as of September 1st, 2011.

I know there are some exciting Dead Sea Scrolls things happening in Groningen, and you’d get tons of stroopwafels, which are amazing.