PhD Scholarship Innovative Business Models in Agriculture at University of Groningen 2022

The University of Groningen (RUG) welcomes applications for a PhD Scholarship in Innovative Business Models in Agriculture 2022.

Agriculture is prominent in the Netherlands’ northern area. Farmers’ financial expectations, on the other hand, are uncertain, and social acceptance of present business methods has dwindled.

Because of the large-scale detrimental ecological repercussions, efficient agricultural business models are nearing the end of their life cycle. As a result, the region’s specialty farmers adapt and build new business models based on natural opportunities and constraints.

The value chain partners, government legislation, and customer behavior are all affected by these new business models.

The new business models have a direct impact on the triple-bottom-line performance of farmers and their context.

Farmers may use the PhD research to find farm-specific fast wins as well as systemic new ecological and social added value (including water quality, nitrogen, and biodiversity). Farmers will learn how to capture these newly added value propositions, either on their own or in partnership with regional co-stakeholders and farmer colleagues. The PhD study will look at the elements that influence the design, implementation, management, and regional spread of novel agricultural business models.
The doctorate research’s broad themes of interest include (but are not limited to):

• What are the challenges to creating business models, as well as the variables that contribute to their success?

• How do innovative business models benefit farmers and the area as a whole?

• What are the best ways to design and deploy new value chains for creative business models?

Large business networks with regional and national creative farmers, as well as current initiatives on new business models, can benefit you. You will be enrolled at Campus Fryslân’s Graduate School. Prof. Gjalt de Jong (promotor) and Dr. Niels Faber will be your co-supervisors (co-promotor).

The PhD applicant will be enrolled at the Campus Fryslân Graduate School (GSCF). If the PhD candidate is interested, he or she may be allowed to participate in the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Master’s program.

Worth of Scholarship

The PhD Scholarship student will be enrolled in the PhD Scholarship Program and will receive a scholarship from the University of Groningen of € 2,249 a month (gross).

University of Groningen PhD Scholarship | Eligibility Criteria

The following conditions must be met by the candidate:

  • A Master’s or a Research Master’s degree in a relevant field is required (Sustainable)
  • Entrepreneurship, (Sustainable) Agriculture, or a degree with a similar focus
  • A demonstrated skill or affinity with sustainability and/or agriculture is required for a general (Research) Master’s degree in Economics, Business, or Management.
  • Qualitative research expertise is required.
  • Native Dutch and/or Frisian language skills are required.
  • Individual and teamwork abilities are exceptional.
  • Skills in organization and planning that have been demonstrated
  • A great desire to finish a doctoral dissertation in four years.

The following qualifications are considered as added assets:

  • Experience in the region and/or in agriculture
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language, both spoken and written.

How to Apply for the University of Groningen PhD Scholarship

You may apply for this job by filling out the application form.

The following pdf documents must be submitted by candidates:

• a copy of your most current curriculum vitae

• a maximum of two A4-page motivation letter

• a copy of your diplomas, together with a course grade list

• a brief study proposal (no more than 1000 words) (including references).

The first week of April 2022 will be reserved for interviews.

Deadline: March 14, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Dutch local time.

For more information and to apply, go here.

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