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PhD candidates in African studies

Vacancy number
Function type
PhD positions
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Internal, External
Placed on
06 November 2018
Closing date
23 November 2018

5 more days to apply

The African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) is looking, for two PhD candidates in African Studies (1.0 FTE)


Project description

African Studies is understood here as a division of area studies involved in social sciences and humanities research on Africa; it can include, but is not limited to, projects dealing with, Politics and Governance in Africa, Citizenship and Identities in Africa, Inclusive development in Africa, Religion in Contemporary Africa and its Diaspora, Governance of Finance and Integrity in Africa, and African History. Students will be supervised by ASCL staff within the graduate programme of the ASCL.

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct original research and disseminate preliminary results through appropriate channels (conferences, journals, project website, etc.);
  • Undertake relevant coursework and other training;
  • Write a PhD dissertation;
  • Contribute to teaching for up to 15% of overall work time, probably concentrated in years 2-3;
  • Participate in ASCL PhD program activities.

Selection criteria

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in African Studies or a Master’s degree in other disciplines with a specialization that clearly indicates specialist academic knowledge with regard to Africa;
  • An excellent command of English;
  • Excellent academic skills, visible in MA thesis or other written work;
  • Teaching experience will be an added asset;
  • The ability to work independently, and as part of a team.

Our faculty/institute

Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has built an internationally recognized record of excellence in teaching and research.  Leiden University is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (http://www.leru.org/index.php/public/home/).

The http://www.ascleiden.nl/ is the only multidisciplinary academic knowledge institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa. It has an extensive library that is open to the general public. The ASCL is an interfaculty institute of Leiden University.

The PhD students will be based in the ASCL. The institute is committed to a present-day vision of area studies, integrating disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives on a solid foundation of excellent language skills.

Current staff in ASCL have expertise in the fields of Anthropology, Demography, Development Economics, History, International Relations, Law, Linguistics, Philology, Political Economy, Political Studies, Religious Studies, Social Geography, and Sociology.

Terms and conditions

We offer a fulltime, for 38 hours per week, position starting as from 1 January 2019. The initial appointment will be for one year, with extension for the remaining three years conditional upon good progress. Upon consultation with the board of ASCL it is possible to take up the position as a 0,8 FTE position (30,4 hours per week) for five years. Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from €2,325 to max. €2,972 (pay scale for PhD in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month, based on a fulltime appointment.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at http://www.workingat.leiden.edu/.


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Enquiries can be made to drs. Maaike Westra, email m.a.westra@asc.leidenuniv.nl.


Applications must be received no later than 23 November.

Applications will be assessed by the advisory committee for research. The board of the ASCL will take a decision based on the advice by the committee for research. Our aim is to inform the applicants about the results of the procedure by 20 December 2018 at the latest.

Applications should be in English, and be submitted vacaturesasc@asc.leidenuniv.nl.

Please ensure that you include in ONE single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number and in this order:

  • A letter of motivation outlining the applicant’s potential contributions;
  • Description of the proposed PhD project (max. 2500 words excluding references) with a summary (max. 250 words) and 5 keywords;
  • A CV and copies of academic transcripts;
  • A writing sample taken from the Master’s thesis or other substantial academic work, in English;
  • Names, positions and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters at this stage).


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