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PhD Graduate School of Archaeology

Prospective PhD candidates

Receiving a PhD degree is considered the highest educational proof of possessing the research skills necessary to carry out independent academic research. PhD students are stimulated to present research results at international scientific meetings and publish in high-ranking scientific journals. Doing so, they build their own scientific network and track record to obtain the most favorable prospect for continuation of their career after graduation.

The PhD track on average takes four years (full time). Most PhD researchers are employed by the University (working in ERC, NWO, KNAW programmes) and a relatively small group is funded by grants they have acquired themselves. Additionally, some external PhD researchers are working (part-time) on their research at the Faculty building as internal self-funded PhD candidates. They are not funded by a grant or salary, but have been offered workspace and are part of the PhD community inhouse. All ‘resident’ PhD researchers are housed at the Faculty of Archaeology, in the Van Steenis building. The Faculty of Archaeology does not offer PhD grants or scholarships.

How to obtain a PhD position

  1. Employed PhD candidate, with a paid PhD position constituting a four-year full time (or five year 0.8 FTE part time) research position, with full funding.
  2. Internal contract PhD student, supported by your own personal grant / scholarship acquired elsewhere, housed at the Faculty, with Graduate School facilities.
  3. External PhD student, supported by your own funds (job, savings, loan), working in your own workspace, supervised by a Faculty of Archaeology professor.
  4. Internal self-funded PhD studentsupported by your own funds (job, savings, loan), housed at the Faculty, with Graduate School facilities.

Fees

There are currently no registration costs at the Faculty of Archaeology. Employed PhD candidates are exempted from paying university tuition fees. However, in some cases, contract or external PhD candidates are asked for a financial contribution for facilities offered at the Faculty / Graduate School (a.o. workspace with computer).

Do you intend to move to the Netherlands? There are several financial matters that may need your attention, see: ‘Costs of living in the Netherlands’.

Application to a paid position is in response to an advertisement by the University. Vacancies are advertised on the Leiden University websites and other online channels (see the block ‘Vacancies’ on the right side of this page). They become available through external research funding (e.g. from NWO or EU) with the University acting as grant-holding institution and employer. Alternatively, positions will be available through special projects at department, Faculty or university level. A third option is that you receive funding through the NWO call ‘PhDs in the Humanities’.

  • A full-time place is in principle a four-year appointment (or five year 0.8 FTE part time) with recommended  training duties of 280 hrs (in four years).
  • Contract will be for one year: after ca.10 months a progress review will be carried out, deciding whether the progress has been sufficient.
  • If the employed PhD position is continued, the maximum extension is three years (in fulltime position).

Contract PhDs have received a grant (usually in their country of origin), eg. Nuffic, CSC, which enables them to conduct PhD research at our University (see the block ‘Scholarships’ on the right side of this page). The Graduate School of Archaeology does not provide PhD grants. If you plan to apply for a personal PhD (contract) grant and wish to carry out your research and graduate at the Faculty of Archaeology, you need to:

  • Find a professor in the Faculty of Archaeology who is willing and able to supervise you for the whole PhD track (see research page for fields covered by the Faculty).
  • Approach a professor by email and write the proposal in cooperation with your supervisor.
  • You will need to have at least two supervisors
  • When sending in the application to the funding body, inform the Graduate School by sending an email to the coordinator (r.manning@arch.leidenuniv.nl).
  • If your grant is awarded, inform your Faculty supervisor and the Graduate School. See: ‘Admission to the Graduate School’.
  • A full-time place is in principle a four-year appointment (or five year 0.8 FTE part time) with training recommendations of at least 280 hrs (in four years).
  • Your presence at the Faculty is required for min. 3 days p/wk.

External PhD candidates are executing their PhD project in their own workspace, financially supported by their own means (a job, savings). There are at present no registration costs at the Faculty of Archaeology. If you wish to be an external PhD researcher, graduating at the Faculty of Archaeology, you need to:

  • Find a professor at the Faculty of Archaeology who is willing & able to supervise your PhD research for the whole track. See research page for fields covered by the Faculty.
  • Approach a professor by email with your research proposal.
  • You will need to have at least two supervisors
  • Once you have written a proposal that is approved by your supervisors, you can apply for admission. See: ‘Admission to the Graduate School’.
  • Admission will be for 1 (one) year: after 10 months a Progress Review will be carried out both by your supervisors and the Graduate School, deciding whether progress has been sufficient.
  • External PhD candidates are not entitled to facilities or financial support from the University / Faculty of Archaeology

For admission as an internal self-funded (= unfunded) PhD student, you need to:

  • Formulate your own research topic, suitable / feasible for PhD research. Use this form (link to form***, zie hieronder)  and ‘Admission to the Graduate School’.
  • Find two supervisors at the Faculty of Archaeology, supporting your PhD proposal.
  • Send your proposal to the Research Committee: r.manning@arch.leidenuniv.nl Your proposal will be assessed by the Faculty Research Committee.
    • The Research Committee advises the Faculty Board, who decides upon admission. 
    • As a requirement for a positive advice, revision of the proposal may be necessary. A proposal may be submitted max. two times to the Research Committee: the second version has to be ‘excellent’.
  • Your presence at the Faculty is required for min. 3 days p/wk. 
  • Admission will be for 1 (one) year: after 10 months a Progress Review will be carried out both by your supervisors and the Graduate School, deciding whether progress has been sufficient. A go/no go advise will be formulated by the Graduate School for the Faculty Board, who will decide upon continuation / discontinuation of the track with Faculty facilities. When the internal PhD position is continued, extension is for three years max.

Combining a job with a PhD?

This is possible at the Dual PhD Centre. The Centre focuses on external PhD candidates who devote part of their working time to scientific research on a theme from their professional practice. The Centre helps these dual PhD candidates develop a research plan, provides training and ensures that their research fits within a scientific discipline and graduate school, and that it ties in with the research of a potential supervisor. A unique opportunity for the PhD candidate, the employer and for science.

Doctoral Grant for Teachers

Since 2011 the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has made a Doctoral Grant available for teachers in primary, secondary, further professional, higher professional and special education. With this initiative the Ministry aims to increase the number of teachers with a doctorate in the classroom. This will contribute to improving the quality of education and will strengthen the connection between universities and schools. They can use this grant to do PhD research. Selected teachers are exempted from their teaching-related tasks for a maximum of 0.4 fte over a period of maximum 5 years. As PhD Candidates with a NWO Doctoral Grant for Teachers remain under contract of the school where they teach, they have the status of external PhD candidates at Leiden University.

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