PhD vacancies

Are you considering starting as a PhD candidate at our faculty? The information below should help get you started.

Internal PhD positions

PhD places may be opened in research projects at FASoS funded by for example the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) or European funding bodies. These places are always tied to a specific research topic. Vacancies will be announced at the faculty’s web pages and on Academic Transfer.

External PhD positions

External PhD candidates are not associated with UM as an employee, they have no affiliation or membership in the research programmes or departments of FASoS, they are not member of the Graduate School nor can they access courses/workshops at National Research Schools.

If you consider applying for an external PhD position, you’d first need to find a professor who would like to take you on board. An overview of our professors and their expertise is available here. Have a look at their chair and expertise before contacting them. When contacting a potential supervisor, please give a short explanation of the kind of research you would like to do and attach a research proposal. Please note that in some circumstances it is also possible to be supervised by an associate professor. After you have found a supervisor, you can register at our Graduate School by sending us:  

  • a form FASoS Project Proposal
  • your list of grades of both Bachelor and Master
  • an Enrolment Request Form of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
  • your CV
  • proof of English language proficiency
  • two examples of written work

The fee for external PhD’s is €500,- per year and include the following services:
- UM email and UM card;
- UM Library subscription;
- Graduate School meetings (attendance not mandatory);
- Formalized connection to FASoS, i.e. can mention their FASoS connection when in the process of trying to get papers published;
- Evaluation of research plans by Director of external PhDs.

Subscription to a national research school is not included in the fee.

The modalities for registration with fee include the following:
- Subscription is on an annual basis and for a full year (i.e., 12 months);
- Subscription is possible at any time in the period after the supervisor has agreed to supervise the external PhD candidate up to the defence – thus, at any time in the PhD trajectory;
- The subscription will be automatically prolonged on an annual basis – cancellation is possible up to 2 months before the start of the next 12-month period;
- The subscription is automatically terminated in the month following the PhD defence.

Formally, you can register with the FASoS Graduate School without paying a fee but this means you cannot use any of the services mentioned above.

You may also want to consider the PhD for Professionals programme at our Brussels Campus which is focused on European Studies.

PhD with a scholarship position

If you want to pursue your PhD and you have a scholarship, the tuition fee amounts to around €2,000 per year. Your scholarship should cover both the tuition fee and living expenses. 

You should first get in contact with one of the full professors of the faculty to discuss supervision possibilities. Please note that in some circumstances it is also possible to be supervised by an associate professor.

The qualifications for a position are: strong academic ability and the ambition to become an excellent researcher. You have completed a research master (MSc, MPhil) or an equivalent 2-year degree in a discipline relevant to the field of expertise of our School. Outstanding students with a 1-year regular master can be accepted in exceptional cases.

We need the following documents from you:

  • a form FASoS Project Proposal
  • your list of grades of both Bachelor and Master
  • an Enrolment Request Form of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
  • your CV
  • proof of English language proficiency
  • two examples of written work

Visiting PhD Candidate

As a potential Visiting PhD you should first get in contact with one of the full professors of the faculty to discuss supervision possibilities by submitting:

 a form FASoS Project Proposal;
 CV;
 Proof of English language proficiency;
 A letter of recommendation by the PhD supervisor of the home institution.

Please note that in some circumstances it is also possible to be supervised by an associate professor.

The minimal duration of a stay is 2 weeks.

PhDs arrange their own housing during the visit and they are responsible for their living and housing expenses.

Participation in the GS requires the payment of a fee, but fees for Visiting PhD's are waived as long as their stay does not exceed 6 months.

Degree requirements

The key to success for any PhD candidate is an academic attitude and the ambition to become an excellent researcher. In addition, you should have the relevant educational background and skills required by a researcher in the specific field you have chosen. You have completed a research master (MPhil) or an equivalent degree. In some cases, applicants may have to acquire additional qualifications, for example by entering the second year of one of the faculty's two research masters European Studies or Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST). Students with a regular master will only be accepted in exceptional cases. Each application will be assessed by the selection committee. 

Employment as a PhD Candidate

The Dutch PhD system differs from the situation in many other countries. In most cases, PhD candidates in the Netherlands are employed by their respective universities to do research and conclude this research with a PhD thesis. Usually PhD candidates are also involved in teaching. Since PhD candidates are employed by the university, they receive a salary. 

If you start as an internal PhD candidate at our faculty, you will be offered a salaried position in most cases. In coordination with your supervisor and your department head you may also do some limited teaching in one of our study programmes. For external PhD candidates the situation differs: They have to find funding for their living expenses through other sources and in most cases will be required to pay tuition fees. 

More information can be found on the website of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands.