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 RTT is open to students of the following programmes: Law, Tax Law, Notary Law, Law and Politics of International Security, and International Crimes and Criminology

Selection for the Research Talent Track takes place during the autumn of 2019. Your application, including your CV, a recent grades-list and motivation letter, must be sent via e-mail to secretarisonderwijs.rechten@vu.nl before Friday November 15th 2019 at noon. If applicable, please also indicate in your application which major (‘afstudeerrichting’) you are following. You will then be invited for an interview with the RTT-coordinator and the coordinator of your major.