There are two categories of PhD candidates at the Faculty of Humanities: candidates who are employed by the Faculty, and externally or self-funded candidates.
PhD candidates employed by the Faculty of Humanities receive funding from the Faculty or from the inter-faculty research institute ILLC. Sometimes the funding comes from EU or NWO grants, sometimes it comes directly from the Faculty. Vacancies for such positions are advertised on the UvA vacancies list and/or on the websites of the AIHR research schools and the ILLC. For more information concerning admission to the ILLC PhD programme please refer to the programme's admissions page.
In order to join the Faculty of Humanities as an externally or self-funded PhD candidate you need to take the following steps:
In the Netherlands, scholars are expected to prepare specific proposals, in which central questions, aims, theoretical premises, concepts, the corpus to be studied and proposed methods are described in some detail. General outlines are considered too undeveloped and therefore turned down almost immediately. This requirement is based on the idea that candidates have completed a (research) MA and that the PhD is the core activity and goal of the student.
Please strictly follow the format below to prepare your full proposal.
For each project there need to be two supervisors, one of which should have the ius promovendi
2. Name PhD candidate
3. Curriculum Vitae PhD candidate
4. Title of research proposal
5. Summary (max. 250 words)
Please provide a brief summary of the project.
6. Project proposal (max. 2,500 words)
Please outline the following in your proposal.
7. Motivation for doing PhD research (max. 300 words)
Please provide your motivation for doing scientific research and any relevant experience you have for carrying out the proposed project.
8. Recommendation by the supervisors (max. 250 words)
Both supervisors are requested to write a short statement confirming their commitment to the project and the candidate.
9. Research budget
Self-funded PhD candidates are entitled to a research budget of €3000, for costs related to presenting papers at conferences and doing fieldwork, including travel and accommodation costs; an additional €750 is available for the production of the final manuscript (printing, editing). Please provide a short breakdown of how you are planning to use this research budget.
10. Data management
Will data be collected or generated that are suitable for reuse? Yes/No
If yes, a data management plan must be made and presented here; see https://rdm.uva.nl/en/introduction/rdm-introduction.html for more information.
11. Research ethics
Will human test subjects and/or interviewees be involved in the research? Yes/No
If yes, please provide details here; and please make sure to seek the approval of the Ethics Committee of the Faculty for your project after your admission: see https://aihr.uva.nl/about-aihr/ethics-committee/ethics-committee.html for more information.
12. Previous research experience
Are you currently working towards a PhD degree elsewhere or have you worked towards a PhD degree at another institution? Yes/No If yes, please provide details: at which institution do or did you work towards a PhD degree, for how long, and are you or have you formally been admitted to a doctoral programme?
Please send the above information, together with a copy of your passport and a copy of your BA and MA degrees and grades (transcript) to the coordinator of the research school of your choice by e-mail.