Applications are invited for PhD fellowships at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, tenable from September 1, 2013, for a period of up to 4 years.
Research at ASCA
Located at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) is an interdisciplinary research institute that brings together scholars active in literature, philosophy, visual culture, religious studies, film and media studies, argumentation theory and science dynamics. Specialists in their own respective fields, ASCA’s members share a commitment to working within an interdisciplinary framework and to maintaining a close connection with contemporary cultural and political debates in society at large. Within ASCA they have joined forces to provide a stimulating environment for scholars, professionals, and graduate students from the Netherlands and abroad. As part of its research programme, the institute supervises PhD projects, offers seminars and professional training, and hosts yearly workshops and conferences.
The candidate is required to finish a dissertation within the contract period.
Applicants must have a completed MA degree in a field relevant to the proposed PhD project and the research areas of ASCA before the start date of the fellowship.
The PhD candidate at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam will be appointed for 4 years for 0,8 fte under de terms of employment currently valid for the Faculty. Initially, a contract will be given for 16 months, with an extension for the following 32 months on the basis of a positive evaluation
The salary for the position (on a full-time base) will be € 2042 during the first year (gross per month) and will reach € 2612 during the fourth year, in accordance with the CAO for Dutch universities.
ASCA PhD fellows receive a tuition waiver, and have free access to the program of ASCA, NICA and the Graduate School for Humanities in Amsterdam. Several positions are available.
Applications should include a description of the proposed research project (max. 2000 words), a full academic CV, and a list of MA grades. Applicants must have a completed MA degree in a relevant field before the start date of the fellowship.
Previous contact with ASCA or its members is not necessary, and international researchers are encouraged to apply. It is the responsibility of ASCA to match successful applicants with an appropriate and qualified supervisor, and we request that you do not specify a potential supervisor at this stage. Proposed projects can be relevant to either one or more specific ASCA projects or to the ASCA program as a whole.
The proposal should be concise (max. 2000 words) and address the project’s aims and scope, its contribution to scholarship, and its methods (theoretical approach, objects of research, etc). It should be divided into the following categories:
- Provisional title
- Name of candidate
- Summary of 250 words
- Central issues/aims
- Objects of research
- Work plan for four years
- Importance for ASCA
2. Academic CV:
The CV should contain full address and contact details, previous education, previous university (or relevant) employment, conference presentations, and publications.
3. MA Scores:
It is not necessary to submit an officially certified list of MA scores. A scan of the list is sufficient. Applicants must have completed all relevant coursework and examinations for the MA by September 2013. If the list of scores is not yet complete, please submit an overview of your scores at the time of application.
Completed applications should be submitted as one PDF file (please do not send multiple attachments) via email before 15 December, 2012, 1 p.m. (CET) and addressed to Dr. Eloe Kingma, ASCA (email address below).
Late applications will not be accepted.
The applications will be evaluated by a selection committee composed of ASCA members representing the five constellations of the ASCA program: Mediality, Argumentation, Globalization and Migration, Identity, and Cultural and Social Critique. The committee will make a selection of approximately 8-10 candidates to invite for a 20 minute interview in Amsterdam. Short-listed applicants will be asked to submit a sample of their academic writing (max. 6000 words, for example part of the MA thesis) in advance of the interview.
Final selections will be made immediately following the interviews.
Further information can be obtained from the managing director of the research institute Dr. Eloe Kingma, ASCA.
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