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Every year the Faculty of Humanities offers a limited number of Finishing Fellowships to PhD candidates who have succeeded in writing an advanced draft of their thesis without the support of structural funding.

The fellowships aim to enable self-funded PhD candidates to concentrate more exclusively on the completion of their thesis in their last year. 

The selected fellows will be offered a temporary contract as a PhD for 0.5 fte for a period of up to 12 months (where relevant, a shorter period with more fte can be accommodated, with a maximum of 6 months 1,0 fte employment). They are required to deliver a completed dissertation (defined as "dissertation submitted to the examination committee") by the end of the fellowship period. The fellow is expected to reside in the Netherlands during the period of the fellowship. Exeptions to this rule depend on the possibility of cross-border employment regulations.  


Only PhD candidates who are currently registered as self-funded PhD candidate at one of the AIHR Research SchoolsResearch Schools and have been registered as such for the past two years are eligible to apply. 

Applications by PhD candidates who have previously received a PhD fellowship or any multi-year scholarship aimed at obtaining a PhD from a university, funding body or other institution, in the Netherlands or abroad, will not be considered. 

If you have any doubts or questions regarding your eligibility, please contact Dr. Eloe Kingma ( In ambiguous cases the Faculty Research Director will make a decision. 

Required documents 

To apply, the selection committee requests: 

  • a description of the PhD project (max. 500 words) 

  • a full academic CV 

  • a detailed overview of the chapters that have been written to date (including a word count for each chapter) 

  • a month-by-month schedule of the work to be carried out during the fellowship 

  • a PDF containing the complete text of all chapters written to date 

  • a letter of recommendation from both supervisors, which needs to comment on the current status of the candidate’s project and the viability of completing the project by the end of the fellowship period. 


Applications will be selected on the basis of the following criteria: 

  • the current status of the project and the viability of finishing the dissertation within the  requested time.  

  • the track record of the candidate, based on the CV and the progress of the project over the previous years 

  • the track record of the supervisory team where it concerns the timely finishing of their PhD candidates 

A committee of experienced supervisors will evaluate the applications and draft a prioritized list of eligible candidates that convincingly meet the above criteria. In case there are more eligible candidates that convincingly meet the criteria than there are fellowships, the selection will be determined by drawing lots. 

For the Finishing Fellowships tenable from January 1, 2025, please send your application in one pdf document to the secretary of the committee, Dr. Eloe Kingma (email: by October 1st, 2024. Applications will be assessed by a review committee.  A decision will be communicated by the beginning of November.  The fellowships will start on January 1, 2025.