Doctoral Grant Journalism Studies

Vrije Universiteit Brussel



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For almost 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you’ll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators, but especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3,500 employees, we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels, an international city with which we are all too happy to be affiliated and around which our four campuses are located.

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  • the development, the transfer and the application of high-standing academic education and scientific research, free from any prejudice;
  • community integration of this in a spirit of social compassion;
  • critical development of everyone in light of the responsibilities borne in the community.

Job Description
Staff category                   Scholarships
Specific designation                   Doctorate scholarship
Scope of scholarship                   1 FTE
Faculty                   Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Department                   Linguistics and Literary Studies



The preparation of a doctorate, performance of scientific research, or more concretely:

  • You prepare a doctoral dissertation in the field of Journalism Studies. The topic of your project preferably contributes to one or both of the following research areas: 
  1. Visual/multimodal journalism (e.g. photojournalism, UGC, drone journalism, immersive journalism, graphic journalism, infographics, digital storytelling) 
  2. Meta-journalism, or discourse(s)/reflections/debates about journalism, which (re)define, delineate and question what (legitimate) journalism is, could be, or should be, variously expressed in the form of, amongst others, media (self-)criticism, literature, popular culture, or the positioning of ‘newcomers’ in the journalistic field (e.g. alternative media, new journalistic forms or movements such as ‘slow’ and ‘constructive’ journalism, hybrid journalistic genres, news startups, …).
  • In the first year of the appointment, you further develop your research proposal into a solid application for a PhD fellowship or research project (guided by the supervisor(s)), to be submitted to the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)). 
  • You publish scientific articles related to your research project.
  • You contribute to research and teaching in the Brussels Institute for Journalism Studies in the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies.


Job Profile
  • Master degree in Social or Human Sciences, or related fields

  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, and creative.
  • You are a team player but you are also comfortable working independently. 
  • You have excellent English writing and presentation skills. 
  • Students in the final year of their degree can also apply.
  • Foreign candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • You have not performed any works in the execution of a mandate as an assistant, paid from operating resources, over a total (cumulated) period of more than 12 months.
  • The effective result of the doctorate scholarship is subject to the condition precedent of enrolment of the fellow as a doctorate student at the university.


As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, you’ll work, every day, in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Our campuses are located in the middle of a green oasis at the edge of the capital city of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. That city centre, with all its opportunities and possibilities, is easily accessed by public transport in less than half an hour.

Depending on your experience and your academic merits, you’ll receive a salary in one of the grades that have been set by the government. Standard inclusions include hospitalisation insurance and the free use of public transport for your home–work commute. And if you prefer to bike to work? There’s compensation for that too. On both campuses, there are extensive sport facilities available to you and childcare facilities within walking distance.

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Additional Information
Expected starting date                             01/10/2019
Duration of scholarship                             12 months (renewable)
Waiting period                             Applications to be submitted no later than 11/08/2019
Contact person                             Jelle Mast
Contact via telephone                             +32-2-6291110
Contact via e-mail                   



Applications can only be made ONLINE

Your application must include the following as a minimum:

  • copy of your CV 
  • cover letter
  • research proposal (max. 2 pages) 
  • sample of academic writing (previously written research paper)
  • Degrees and diplomas 

A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications.

The interviews of the candidates, preselected by a selection panel, will take place before August 31st.

In your application, please refer to


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