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Research Talent Track

The Research Talent Track (RTT) is a selective programme aimed at motivated and talented masterstudents who want to further develop their analytical research skills. You will learn and experience how to do scientific research. This will help you in deciding whether you want to pursue a career in the academic world, and/or will improve your opportunities on the labour market outside academia.

The track (18 EC) is an extracurricular programme that consists of three courses: Empirical Research Skills RTT (6 EC), Academic Research Skills RTT (6 EC) and a portfolio-assignment (6 EC). Every 3-4 weeks we will organize Research cafes, during which students will informally discuss each other’s work under supervision of experienced researchers. In addition, researchers will be invited to share their ups and downs with the process of doing research, and share their best practices.

When all components of the track have been completed successfully (i.e. completed with at least a 6.0 each), students will receive a certificate as well as a notification on their master’s degree diploma. Students will not receive a grade for the Research Talent Track as a whole. The RTT is extracurricular, which means that the ECs cannot be used as elective credit in the regular Master programmes.

Application and selection

The Research Talent Track is open to students from the programmes LawTax LawNotary LawLaw and Politics of International Security, and International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology who are interested in scientific research.

The deadline for application is Monday, 15 November 2021, 13.00 h. To submit your application, you need to enroll in the Canvas course (course link: https://canvas.vu.nl/enroll/KWR3JF). On Canvas you can upload your CV, motivation letter (max. 350 words) and recent grade list, and (if applicable to you) also register for a selection interview. Interviews will take place between end-November and mid-December. If you have been admitted to the RTT, you will start the Research Talent Tack in January 2021. 

If you have additional questions, please ask them via the RTT Canvas page at the discussion forum.