Gepubliceerd op 23-07-2014

Vacature: PhD positions in the field of the study of Culture


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high-quality teaching and research. Its 28,000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study- and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international center of knowledge. It belongs to the best research universities in Europe and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide.

Job description

The successful applicant is expected to conduct independent and original scientific research, to report on this research in international publications and presentations, and to present the final results of the research in a PhD dissertation. The PhD candidate participates in local, national and international training activities, including summer schools and conferences, to develop his or her full potential as a researcher. Some involvement in faculty teaching is negotiable.

As a GSH member, a PhD candidate may participate in courses, seminars and summer schools organized by Dutch national graduate schools, some of which are listed here: http://www.rug.nl/research/research-let/onderzoeksscholen/

About the research proposal to be submitted:

Within the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen, research on Culture is organized in The Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG). This institute is home to a wide range of disciplines, including: history, arts, literature, media and journalism studies, American Studies, and International Organisations and Relations. These disciplines are currently grouped in four research centers:

The Center of Arts and Society
The Center of Historical Studies
The Center of International Relations
The Center of Media and Journalism Studies

The PhD proposal must closely connect to on-going research in one of these centers. In addition, connection to the University’s focal themes (Energy, Sustainable Society and Healthy Ageing : http://www.rug.nl/research/priorities/) counts as an advantage. Please consult the research institute’s web pages for an indication of the research groups and themes: http://www.rug.nl/research/icog/


We are looking for talented and ambitious researchers in the relevant disciplines.
Your qualifications are:

  • a Master’s degree in one of the disciplines within the study of Culture, as detailed above, and an excellent academic record
  • proven research abilities and affinity with the research topic
  • excellent command of English and academic writing skills.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers the PhD candidate a salary of € 2,083 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 2,664 gross per month in the final year (based on full-time employment). The position requires residence in Groningen, 36 hours per week research and research training, and must yield a PhD dissertation. After the first year, an assessment of the candidate’s progress and results will take place to decide whether or not the employment can be continued.

The successful candidates will be enrolled in the Graduate School for the Humanities (GSH) of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen. The GSH offers the organizational infrastructure within which PhD candidates participate in advanced training and supervised research.
See website: http://www.rug.nl/research/gradschool-humanities/

Start date: 1 February 2015 (earlier start date negotiable).

Please send your complete application (in English) as a single PDF-file before 15 September 2014 Dutch local time, by means of the application form (click on ‘Apply’ below on the advertisement on the university’s website). Please upload your application as “letter of motivation” and include the vacancy number at the start of your application.

The application should contain the following:
1. a cover letter introducing yourself, describing your motivation to conduct scientific research, and locating your research within one of our research groups (and the university’s focal themes, if applicable)
2. a full CV demonstrating academic excellence, including publications and presentations (if applicable), and a copy of your passport
3. a certified copy or scan of your MA-diploma (or equivalent) and academic record
4. a research proposal, focusing on the central research question to be addressed and the proposed method of approaching and answering this question (1500 words, plus tables and references). Please consult the following website for the guidelines: http://www.rug.nl/research/gradschool-humanities/phd-programme/admissions/gsh-format-for-phd-applications
5. names and contact details of two academic references.

For questions regarding the Graduate School for the Humanities, please contact Prof.C.J.W. Zwart, e-mail: directeurgsh@rug.nl
For questions regarding the research institute ICOG, please contact Prof. E.J. Korthals Altes, e-mail: e.j.korthals.altes@rug.nl

N.B.: please do NOT use any of these addresses for applications.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

Mrs. M.R.B. Wubbolts, MA – For questions regarding the application procedure (not before August 10), m.r.b.wubbolts@rug.nl

Het KNHG is de grootste organisatie van professionele historici in Nederland. Het biedt een platform aan de ruim 1100 leden en aan de historische gemeenschap als geheel. Word lid van het KNHG.
Het Huygens Instituut beoogt de Nederlandse geschiedenis en cultuur inclusiever maken. Het ontsluit historische bronnen en literaire teksten en ontwikkelt innovatieve methoden, tools en duurzame digitale infrastructuur.