Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (MSc)
Field Research and Training (FR&T) programmes
Our Field Research & Training (FR&T) programmes provide on-site training in ethnographic research techniques and offer you the unique opportunity to carry out independent research with an experienced researcher as your coach at a distance.
Currently, we offer FR&T programmes in Ghana, in the Philippines, and in the Netherlands, and they can be combined with the specialisation of your choice: Global Ethnography, Policy in Practice or Visual Ethnography.
Ghana is a perfect place for the FR&T programme because of its variety of research possibilities: both the urban and rural settings provide a wealth of interesting themes in the fields of popular culture, heritage issues, governmentality and authorities of chiefs, religious practices, land use changes, material culture etc.
Experimenting with research methods
The FR&T programme in Ghana lasts the whole month of January and starts with staying on the Campus of the University of Ghana to introduce students to academic life in Ghana. The first two weeks are then devoted to trying out and evaluating different methodologies of research (e.g. interview, survey, network analysis and mapping or photo and video elicitation) in concrete social settings. Together with the Ghanaian and Leiden supervisors, students travel up north and visit different field sites to learn more about Ghanaian history, cultural practices, and social conventions. You will meet Ghanaian students, both in Accra and in Bolgatanga up north.
Try out your individual research project
After this two-week methodological journey, you will be able to decide where you want to try out your individual research project. The third week of January, you carry out fieldwork on your own in the locality of your personal choice. You will look for housing and hosting opportunities and start to familiarize yourself with the new setting. You can test the feasibility of your research plans in the chosen locality. In the last week, you reunite with the other Master students to report back, and together with a Leiden staff member, you evaluate your experiences in a two-day workshop somewhere central in Ghana
After this closely supervised starting month, you will go (back) to your selected field site to continue your fieldwork independently for two months, or six weeks for those participating in the Visual Ethnography specialisation. Halfway this fieldwork period a staff member from Leiden will visit you at your field site for supervision and support.
More information about the Field Research and Training programme in the Philippines is coming soon.
Give your research project a kickstart!
The Field Research & Training programme in the Netherlands takes place in the first week of January at the International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE) in Amsterdam. It is a kickstart for all individual master research projects outside of Ghana and the Philippines.
An intensive week of methodological training
The FR&T programme in the Netherlands offers an on-site, intensive training in research methodologies. During the week we practice various methods, such as interviewing and participant observation, by researching a topic– ideally related to your research project – that you can study in Amsterdam. Thematic and geographical concerns will also be addressed. How to approach the Netherlands/Europe as a geographical location? How to do research in urban settings? How can evaluate ethnographic knowledge when doing “fieldwork at home”?
For more information, please contact dr. Jasmijn Rana (email@example.com).