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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 candidates registered at the Faculty of Social Sciences Graduate School. All PhD students should be registered at the 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.

For any questions please contact us by sending an email to graduateschoolca-ds@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Important information

CA-DS offers regular and bench fee-paying PhD candidates a PhD track. The PhD track includes:   

  • Registration at the FSW Graduate School;
  • FSW (e-mail)account;
  • A workspace at CA-DS;
  • A LU Card (for the Library, photocopying and printing);
  • Access to library (also online);
  • Regular (monthly/bimonthly) meetings with (co)supervisor(s);
  • ‘6 months’-meetings with the Director of Graduate Studies
  • Annual review (Resultaat & Ontwikkelingsgesprek);
  • Access to  
    • research seminars;
    •  staff lunches, institute meetings and annual outing;
    • courses (relevant MA or BA courses);
    • annual/bi-annual PhD seminar organized at CA-DS
  • Administrative support and advice regarding project finances.

The bench fee for PhD candidates amounts to €8,500 a year for a maximum period of four years. Note that the bench fee pays for the PhD track, and therefore cannot be used to pay for research/travel/visa/conference/training costs for the PhD candidate.

The bench fee should be paid every year (for a maximum of four years). The first payment should be made before the start of the PhD trajectory. A refund of the bench fee, for example in the case of the (early) termination of a PhD trajectory is not possible. 

For research/travel/visa/conference/training costs an additional amount of at least €2500 per year should be available, to guarantee the actual execution of the project.

The Leiden Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences' 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 here.

  • Employment status: Employee
  • PhD Track: Yes
  • Bench fee: No
  • Teaching: the PhD candidate spends a maximum of 10% of his or her 3-5 year PhD appointment on teaching or commission work (e.g. member of the ‘Instituutsraad’ or ‘onderzoekscommissie’).  The teaching time is considered as teacher training. Additionally, the PhD candidate may participate in a maximum of two ICLON teacher-training/ University Teaching Qualification (BKO) courses (paid for by the Institute). The teaching experience and training courses will help the PhD candidate to work on a BKO portfolio, but will probably not be sufficient to lead to the qualification.

Candidates following a PhD track

  • Employment status: Guest employee
  • Legal status: depends on the contract
  • PhD Track: Yes
  • Bench Fee: Yes
    Note that some contract PhDs (e.g. DIKTI) have already set bench fees based on previously determined contract/agreements with the fund provider and Leiden University. In these cases, the bench fee/tuition fee that has been agreed upon will be binding
  • Teaching: by mutual agreement the candidate may  give one or more guest lectures in a BSc or MSc course or a research seminar, but cannot receive any compensation for this. For non-EU PhD candidates, restrictions in permits may apply. Participating in the course University Teaching Qualification (BKO) is an option, but will have to be paid for by the candidate or the fund provider.

Candidates not following a PhD track

  • Employment status: Guest employee
  • Legal status: depends on individual arrangement, usually none
  • PhD Track: No
  • Bench Fee: No
  • Teaching: No

Note that the supervision for a PhD candidate who does not follow a PhD track will be significantly less intensive.

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