Graduate School of Arts & Social Sciences
We train talented, young people in order to become independent researchers and teachers. Our research is interdisciplinary, encompassing questions of Europeanisation, globalisation, scientific and technological development, political change and cultural innovation. We are interested in how today’s societies cope with and reflect these challenges in various ways, from artistic expressions and practices of remembrance to specific forms of governance and political integration to strategies for managing knowledge, technologies and risks.
- Interdisciplinary research
- Unique organisational structure
- 50 PhD candidates
The Graduate School focuses on the acquisition of research skills, intensive supervision, and collaboration with other PhD candidates and senior staff inside and outside the Faculty. As such, PhD candidates have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills. Most PhD candidates carry out teaching within the context of bachelor’s and master’s programmes.
Interviews with (graduated) FASoS PhD candidates
This year, Lea Beiermann earned her PhD from Maastricht University. Her dissertation, A co-operation of observers, examines the role of amateur microscopists in the late 19th century. For her research, she made use of citizen science, similar to the microscopists in her book. One of her supervisors...
Willemine Willems, PhD candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, defended her dissertation 'Connected at the joints; Calibrating knowledge, morals and health care' on 10 September 2021. In her dissertation, Willemine researched the fairness of a new type of healthcare: primary care plus...
Adam Dixon and Imogen Liu are both involved in the ERC funded project ‘Legitimacy, Financialization, and Varieties of Capitalism: Understanding Sovereign Wealth Funds in Europe’ (SWFsEUROPE). This project focuses on explaining how Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) are made legitimate as state actors in...
Manling Yang, PhD candidate
"Actors in international politics are often too complex and diverse to be understood comprehensively within a single discipline. Fortunately, the interdisciplinary environment at FASoS inspires me to an insightful investigation of how and why various actors in China and the EU formulate their development policies toward Africa."
Onallia Osei, PhD candidate
"The FASoS Graduate school presents international students with a conducive environment in terms of faculty and facilities for rigorous PhD research. My supervisors are thorough in their work and supportive of my personal development. Studying here has been a fulfilling experience, and I recommend it to people of diverse backgrounds."
Maha Naami, PhD candidate
"My PhD experience started 5 days before many countries in the world went in lockdown. While working from home has been a new experience for most of us, the FASoS graduate school provided me with the necessary support and guidance. My supervision team has paid extra attention to me and has helped me settle in this new country - both on a personal and on a professional level - under unprecedented conditions. My supervisors have been my reference point, and a constant of whom I can always expect thorough and meticulous feedback on my work."
Marie Rickert, PhD candidate
"The FASoS Graduate School supports me in navigating the academic world and finding my own place in it as a researcher. My supervisors accompany me on that journey in a very constructive yet encouraging way and I also learn a lot from the constant exchange with other PhD candidates and colleagues."