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Centre for the Arts in Society

PhD

LUCAS offers education and guidance to PhD candidates in the fields of literature and art history of the Western world.

Phd Researchers

LUCAS knows two kinds of PhD researchers: internal and external.

  • Internal PhD researchers hold a paid position for four years. The vacancies are officially announced on the university's website.
  • External PhD researchers usually have a scholarship to cover the costs of living or conduct their research in their own time and at their own expense. Some of them have an office at the institute.

Some specific (didactical) training is obligatory only for internal researchers.

Research programmes

PhD candidates are part of one of the three research programmes of LUCAS. The academic activities that are organised within these research programmes enable the candidates to come into contact with researchers working in the same field (staff, postdocs , PhD candidates and research master students). 

Admission procedure external PhD candidates

The first step towards admission as an external PhD candidate is to find a LUCAS (full) professor willing to act as a supervisor. Please send an introductory e-mail to your potential supervisor, later followed by a more detailed research proposal, in which the following details should appear:

  • Short curriculum vitae
  • Title of research
  • Field of research: Where is the proposed research situated in the field of research, what can it add to the existing research?
  • Detailed research proposal (max. 400-600 words) formulating the basic research question, method of research, research materials
  • Planning: a rough time schedule
  • Finances: already foreseen costs (stay abroad, special software, photographic material, etc.)

The potential supervisor will write a short statement, declaring the willingness to supervise the research. This statement is one of the supplements in the application procedure. For more information on the application procedure, please consult the information provided by the Graduate School.

Bonus for speedy promovendi

PhD candidates with an appointment

PhD candidates with an appointment who receive approval of their manuscript from their promotor no later than six months after the end of their appointment are eligible for a € 750,- bonus to be spent on promotional costs such as printing the dissertation.

The PhD candidate is required to supply four printed copies of the dissertation and a digital version to the University Library for the 'Leids Repositorium' (click here for the procedure). The University Library provides a compensation of € 500,- for the print costs. More information is available here.

External PhD candidates

The institute has made a sum of € 1000,- available to external PhD candidates whose dissertation has been approved by the commission to be spent on promotional costs such as printing the dissertation.

The PhD candidate is required to supply four printed copies of the dissertation and a digital version to the University Library for the 'Leids Repositorium' (click here for the procedure). The University Library provides a compensation of € 500,- for the print costs. More information is available here.