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The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis invites applications for a PhD position at the Faculty of Humanities, tenable from 1 September 2020 (4 years, 1 FTE). The deadline for applications is 31 March, 12:00 (noon, CET). All topics, but with a preference for proposals engaging the Global South.


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:

Project Description

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.   

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)


  • 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.

Further Information

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Eloe Kingma via  


The PhD candidate at the Faculty of Humanities will be appointed within the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. The appointment will be for 4 years for 1,0 FTE (including 0,2 FTE teaching in the 2nd and 3rd years of the appointment) 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 appointment) 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 for Dutch Universities.

The PhD candidate receives a tuition fee waiver and has free access to courses offered by ASCA, the Graduate School of the Faculty of Humanities and the Dutch National Research Schools.

Job Application

Your application should include the following:

  1. Your curriculum vitae, listing at least:
    • 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 list of grades (transcript) obtained for your Master (or equivalent) programme; at this stage a certified document is not yet necessary
  3. A research proposal of no more than 800 words with the following elements:
    • An outline of central issue/problem/question (why)
    • Object(s) of research (what)
    • Methodology (how)
    • How your research fits the programme of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (e.g. link to specific constellations/network groups within ASCA)
  4. Motivation for doing PhD research (no more than 200 words)
  5. 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.
  6. The name and contact details of one or two academic referees
  7. 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 on the Vacancies Site. 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, 12:00 (noon, CET).