PhD Position in Cultural Analysis
University of Amsterdam Faculty of Humanities

PhD position at the UvA Faculty of Humanities – Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis

Publication date 3 February 2020
Closing date 31 March 2020
Level of education Master's degree
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €2,325 to €2,972 gross per month
Vacancy number 20-054

The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) invites applications for a PhD position at the Faculty of Humanities, tenable from 1 September 2020 (4 years, 1 FTE).

ASCA is one of the six research schools/institutes under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research. Each research school/institute covers an important research area within the faculty and has its own research programme. ASCA is home to more than 110 researchers and 120 PhD candidates, and is a world-leading research school in Cultural Analysis. ASCA members share a commitment to studying culture in all its forms and expressions within an interdisciplinary framework, and to maintaining a close connection with contemporary cultural and political debates.

Research schools are the home base for PhD candidates, who interact with each other and with senior members in the research groups that make up the research school (for ASCA’s research constellations, network groups and research seminars & reading groups, see our website).

We invite proposals that resonate with ASCA’s research mission and that link to one or more of ASCA’s research constellations. We are especially interested in proposals engaging the Global South.   

What are you going to do?

The tasks of the selected PhD candidate will include:

  • completion and defence of a PhD thesis within the contract period;
  • regular presentation of intermediate research results at workshops and conferences;
  • participation in the ASCA and Faculty of Humanities PhD training programmes;
  • teaching courses at BA-level in the 2nd and 3rd year of the appointment (0,2 FTE per year).

What do we ask of you?

  • A completed Master’s degree in a field relevant to the proposed PhD project and the research areas of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. You may apply if you have not yet completed your Master's degree only if you provide a signed letter from your supervisor stating that you will graduate before 1 September 2020;
  • excellent command of English;
  • excellent research skills.

Our offer

The PhD candidate at the Faculty of Humanities will be employed within the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. The employment contract will be for 4 years for 38 hours per week-1 FTE (including 0,2 teaching in the second and third years of the employment contract) under the terms of employment currently valid for the Faculty. Initially, a contract will be given for 16 months, with an extension for the following 32 months on the basis of a positive evaluation after 12 months. The starting date of the contract is 1 September 2020.

The salary for the position (based on a full-time contract) will be €2,325 during the first year (gross per month) and will reach €2,972 during the fourth year, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. The PhD candidate receives a tuition fee waiver and has free access to courses offered by the Graduate School of the Faculty of Humanities and the Dutch National Research Schools.

Further information

If you have any questions, please contact:

  • Dr Eloe Kingma via 

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

AIHR wants to improve the diversity of its academic community with respect to ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class. Applications that contribute to this are particularly encouraged.

Your application should include the following:

  1. Your curriculum vitae, listing at least:A list of grades (transcript) obtained for your Master (or equivalent) programme; at this stage a certified document is not yet necessary;
    • full address and contact details;
    • previous education;
    • professional information (previous university (or relevant) employment);
    • language proficiency;
    • grants/honours;
    • conference presentations and publications, if applicable;
  2. A research proposal of no more than 800 words with the following elements:Motivation for doing PhD research (no more than 200 words);
    • an outline of central issue/problem/question (why)
    • object(s) of research (what)
    • methodology (how)
    • how your research fits the programme of ASCA (eg. specific research groups or centres within ASCA);
  3. The name of a potential supervisor for your PhD project who is a staff member of ASCA (check You are encouraged to contact the staff member whom you have listed as your prospective supervisor to discuss your plans before applying formally. 
  4. The name and contact details of one or two academic referees;
  5. A writing sample, such as a project paper or chapter of a master’s thesis, of up to 10,000 words maximum.

Please supply this information in the order given above and submit your full application as one PDF file, using your surname followed by your initials as the file name, via the link below (“Apply now”). Please note that your application will not be taken into consideration if you send multiple files, and/or if your application is late and/or incomplete.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2020.  

The applications will be evaluated by a selection committee composed of representatives of the academic staff and a PhD researcher of ASCA. The committee will make a selection of candidates to invite for an interview in Amsterdam. The final selection will be made following the interviews.

31 March 2020: Deadline submission applications

1 April 2020: Applications are checked for completeness

Last week-April : Applicants are informed whether they are invited for an interview

End April-Early May : Interviews with candidates

Early May: Applicants informed about the result

1 September 2020: Applicants start PhD projects


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