Gepubliceerd op 30-01-2024

PhD International History / International Relations – Leiden University

Leiden University College The Hague is looking for two PhD Fellows:
1. International History / International Relations (1,0fte; six years)
2. International Law (1,0fte; six years)

Leiden University College (LUC) is an international, English-language, liberal arts and sciences college based in The Hague. At the centre of its Bachelor programme, framing LUC’s educational approach, are four global challenges: Diversity, Sustainability, Peace & Justice, and Prosperity. At the end of their first year, students choose from one of six Majors to complete their degree – there are three BSc Majors (Global Public Health / Earth, Energy and Sustainability / Governance Economics and Development) and three BA Majors (Culture History and Society / World Politics / International Justice). LUC is a teaching-intensive college which prides itself in its award-winning, small-scale, quality education. The college’s academic staff are also research active and have a strong track record in successfully securing research funding for their projects.

The PhD Fellows will join the teaching team at LUC. We are looking for candidates who can fit in well as part of the Global Challenges team in the 1st Year, and also, ideally, contribute to the skills courses (for instance, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods). LUC runs according to a block system, with four blocks of eight weeks forming a full academic year. Each PhD Fellow will be asked to take four courses a year spread out over these four blocks, beginning in the second half of AY24-25.

Next to the teaching requirement, each PhD Fellow will develop and complete a research project in either the field of International History / International Relations or International Justice. LUC, with its approach to Global Challenges and its six broad-based Majors, is an interdisciplinary educational institution. Research projects that include an interdisciplinary aspect are therefore encouraged. Supervision of the PhDs will be carried out by the Dean of LUC together with selected academic colleagues at the college whose expertise best fits each project. After 1.5 years an evaluation will take place regarding the progress of the PhD research, the teaching record, and overall progress at LUC.

The starting date for both fellowships is 15 August 2024.

The PhD fellowship is a 6-year position. It is expected that, at the very least, a full draft of the PhD manuscript is completed by the end of the six years.

Tasks and Responsibilities
The PhD fellow is expected to:

  • Design and implement a PhD project, and follow appropriate training courses in relevant disciplines and/or research methods (60% of the appointment). The research may rely on a variety of qualitative, quantitative and/or experimental methodological approaches.
  • Contribute to the teaching programme of LUC (40% of the appointment), with the aim of obtaining a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO).
  • Participate in staff-related activities as a member of the LUC community.
  • Commit to contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • If necessary, the candidate is encouraged to learn Dutch to a sufficient level (B2).


Selection Criteria

  • A (research) master’s degree in the humanities, social sciences, or (international) law.
  • Strong written and oral expression skills in English.
  • Research proposal in the appropriate discipline that is both feasible and innovative.
  • Teaching experience in English is a major advantage.
  • Affinity with the Liberal Arts and Sciences educational philosophy.

Conditions of employment

The Faculty and Institute
Science for and about society is the domain of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA). FGGA is one of the seven faculties of Leiden University and is based in The Hague. It provides high-quality interdisciplinary education and research on social and governance issues such as terrorism, organization and functioning of public administration, climate change and economic crises. Because social issues are not bound by the boundaries of scientific disciplines, these themes are approached from various public administration, political science, economic, legal, and sociological perspectives. The faculty is a young, enterprising, and innovative organization that is growing rapidly. It has three scientific institutes, several centers, 3,500 students and 330 staff members.Leiden University College The Hague (LUC) is the international Honors College of Leiden University. The college was founded in 2010 and since 2012 has been one of the best-rated University Colleges in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Universiteiten. LUC has a strong track record in the field of socially relevant education and research around four Global Challenges: Peace & Justice, Diversity, Prosperity, and Sustainability. The international academic staff has very diverse disciplinary backgrounds and shares a passion for excellent small-scale education.

Terms of Conditions
We offer a full-time appointment of 6 years. Salary range starts from € 3.226,- euro (gross) in the first year gross up to €4.036,- (gross) in the final year (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).
Leiden University offers an attractive employment package including extra vacation (8%) and year-end bonus (8.3%), education and career development, and sabbatical leave. Our individual choice model provides some flexibility to tailor your own package of conditions. For international spouses, we have established a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a significant tax advantage. For more information: Application procedure and employment conditions.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. The University aims to become an inclusive community that enables all students and employees to feel valued and respected, and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our education and strengthens our research.

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Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof. Giles Scott-Smith at g.p.scott-smith@luc.leidenuniv.nl
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