PhD Position in Culture and History

Radboud University


3 PhD positions at the Radboud Institute for Culture & History

  • 32 - 40 hours per week
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 2,972
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Job level: Research University Degree
  • Duration of the contract: 4 years
  • Application deadline: 15 April 2020


We are looking for

You will write a PhD dissertation, participate in the Graduate School for the Humanities, and provide a six-month service to the Faculty of Arts at Radboud University. Your dissertation should be in accordance with one of the focus areas of the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH), in which this position will be embedded. Descriptions of these areas can be found on

We ask


  • You hold a Master's degree (or expect to complete your degree before September 2020) in one of the disciplines related to RICH.
  • A declaration of approval by an intended supervisor at the rank of professor from the Radboud Institute for Culture & History.
  • You are result-oriented and fluent in English, and have excellent writing skills.
  • Demonstrable research experience in the field of your proposal will be considered an advantage.

We are

The Faculty of Arts employs over 500 academic and support staff in the fields of history and art, languages and cultures, linguistics and communication. Research is embedded in two faculty research institutes: the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) and the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). The faculty currently enrols some 2,400 students in three departments: the department of History, Art History and Classics, the department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the department of Language and Communication. We want to be a diverse and inclusive organisation, which is why we endeavour to create a culturally diverse staff.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent and collaboration. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 32 - 40 hours per week.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,325 per month, and will increase to €2,972 in the fourth year (salary scale P). 
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: The total duration of the contract is 4 years. You will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years.
  • The intended start date is 1 September 2020.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
dr. Peter van der Heiden, Coordinator Graduate School for Humanities
Tel.: +31 24 3615559

Apply directly

Please address your application to dr. Peter van der Heiden and submit it, using the application button, no later than 15 April 2020, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.   

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV.
  • List of all grades obtained in BA and MA degrees.
  • Summary of your project proposal (500 words maximum).
  • Names of the intended supervisors.
  • Declaration of approval from your intended primary PhD supervisor from RICH.

Your application must be supported by a declaration of approval written by your intended primary supervisor at RICH, whom you should contact well in advance of the deadline. Your daily supervisor may be a professor, an associate professor or an assistant professor, but you will always need the support of an intended primary supervisor with the rank of professor. (Information on possible supervisors and their fields of expertise is available on our website).
Please make sure that all information is provided in one pdf document, which you should upload using the 'Apply' button.

Selected applicants will be invited to write a full proposal, to be submitted before 27 May 2020, according to the guidelines that you can download on

The first round of interviews will take place on 3 June 2020.


We drafted this vacancy to find and hire our new colleague ourselves. Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from responding.

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