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Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology


Currently, the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (CA-DS) hosts almost 50 PhD candidates working on a rich variety of topics.

The PhD Regulations (‘promotiereglement’) of Leiden University apply to all PhD student registered at the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSW) Graduate School. All PhD students should be registered at the FSW Graduate School at the start of their PhD trajectory.

PhD categories

The Institute of CA/DS distinguishes between two PhD categories:

  1. Regular – A PhD candidate who is hired by CA/DS and thus a formal employee. These PhDs are paid through ‘eerste geldstroom’ (this includes PhDs funded by ‘profileringsgebieden’), ‘tweede geldstroom’ (NWO), or ‘derde geldstroom’ (EU).
  2. Contract and External (‘beurspromovendi’ and ‘buitenpromovendi’) – A PhD candidate with a scholarship (for e.g. DIKTI (Indonesia) and CONACYT (Chili)) or self-funded.  

Applying for a PhD

The Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology does not structurally offer PhD scholarships. If you intend to pursue a doctorate at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, you can:

  • reply to a PhD vacancy that is advertised, or

  • apply with funding from a self-obtained research grant.

Under certain conditions, the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology can support applications for self-obtained research grants, a decision that is made by the Institute’s Research Committee. This decision is among others based on the feasibility of the funding, the quality of the proposed study, qualifications of the applicant, availability of adequate supervision, and the relation of the proposed study with the Institute’s expertise.

See also:

Overview of PhD positions at Leiden University

Scholarships administered/coordinated by Leiden University

Luris: Knowledgde exchange office of Leiden University

Graduate School

The Institute participates in the Graduate School of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The Graduate School facilitates admission and registration of PhD candidates. Furthermore, the Graduate School provides training and assistance. Information can be found on the Graduate School website. There you will also find an extensive section for prospective PhD candidates.

See also:

Leiden University’s training and coaching programme for young academics


Leiden Universityߴs PhD regulations, an overview of the formal procedure from starting to defending the PhD, as well as a number of relevant forms and templates are published on the PhD policies and procedures page.