At the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR), we recognise two categories of PhD candidates: candidates employed by the Faculty of Humanities, and externally or self-funded candidates.
These candidates receive direct funding from the Faculty of Humanities for their PhD project. Sometimes the funding is made available by EU or NWO grants, sometimes the faculty offers PhD positions. All of these are advertised on the UvA vacancies list and/or on the websites of the AIHR research schools.
In order to join the Faculty of Humanities as an externally or self-funded PhD candidate you need to take the following steps:
In the Netherlands, scholars are expected to prepare specific proposals, in which central questions, aims, theoretical premises, concepts, the corpus to be studied and proposed methods are described in some detail. General outlines are considered too undeveloped and therefore turned down almost immediately. This requirement is based on the idea that candidates have completed a (research) MA and that the PhD is the core activity and goal of the student.
For each project there need to be two supervisors, one of which should be a full professor.
2. PhD candidate
3. Title of research proposal
4. Summary (max. 250 words)
Please provide a brief summary of the project in English.
5. Project proposal (max. 2,000 or 2,500 words--depending on the Research School)
6. Academic Curriculum Vitae PhD candidate
7. Motivation for doing PhD research (max. 300 words)
The intended PhD candidate briefly describes here his or her motivation for doing scientific research and his or her experience is relevant for carrying out the project proposed. This brief explanation may contain a maximum of 300 words.
8. Recommendation by the promoter (max. 250 words)
Both supervisors are requested to write a short statement confirming their commitment to the project and the candidate.
Please send the above information, together with a copy of your passport and a copy of your MA degree to the coordinator of your school by email.