PhD Position in History

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Begijnhof, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2191 - € 2801 per maand

Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History is looking voor candidates for a PhD Position in History (1.0 fte).


Project description
From September 1, 2017, the Leiden University Institute for History will be appointing a PhD for a four-year period, within the NWO financed project Resilient Diversity: The Governance of Racial and Religious Plurality in the Dutch Empire, 1600-1800.The Early Modern Dutch Empire was characterized by diversity. This project looks into how diversity was governed in the Dutch Empire in the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. At the same time, it looks for the reasons for the resilience of institutions of diversity governance and its impact in Early Modern and contemporary society.

The candidate to this PhD position will be responsible for the development of the subproject Regulating Relations: Controlling Sex and Marriage. This subproject answers the question to how did Dutch colonial institutions control sexual behavior and intimate relationships and how did they shape relationships across cultural divides? The candidate will be directly supervised by prof. Cátia Antunes and co-supervised by dr. Karwan Fatah-Black.

This project is a joint endeavor between the Institute for History, Leiden University, and the International Institute of Social History (IISG-Amsterdam).The candidate will work within a team of four senior researchers (at Leiden prof Cátia Antunes, and dr Karwan Fatah Black, and at the IISG prof Ulbe Bosma and dr Matthias van Rossum), two postdoctoral fellows and two PhD candidates. For the other positions go to

Key responsibilities

  • Writing a dissertation in Dutch or English within four years;
  • Submitting research results for publication to international peer-reviewed academic journals;
  • Attending and actively participating in all the team meetings;
  • Jointly contribute to the team’s database (as a research tool for the whole project);
  • Presenting papers at conferences and workshops;
  • Co-organizing conferences and workshops;
  • Teaching some undergraduate courses in the second and third year of appointment
  • Participating in PhD training courses (within the frame of the N. W. Posthumus Institute).


  • (Research) MA degree in History (or a discipline closely connected with the theme of the PhD project);
  • Written and oral fluency in Dutch and English;
  • Demonstrable interest for research premises of the project;
  • Willingness to work within a team and an international academic community that aspires to scholarly excellence;
  • A problem-focused approach to research and demonstrable ability to apply theoretical and comparative frameworks;
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.


The PhD position is for a period of four years (full time or 0.8 fte for a period of five years). Initially the employee will receive a one year contract. An extension of three years is possible having received positive evaluations of capabilities and achievements.
Remuneration for a full-time working week will be € 2,191.- gross per calendar month in the first year, increasing to € 2,801.- gross per calendar month in the fourth year.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Additional information

For more information, please contact professor Cátia Antunes, email


Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia.

Faculty of Humanities

The Institute for History is the home of a vibrant community of researchers and lecturers with outstanding track records and successful in attracting national and international research grants. Under the label ‘Global Questions, Local Sources’ scholars affiliated to the Institute combine a deep knowledge of global interactions and of specific localities, regions and states in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. They use comparative, connective and entangled approaches and resort to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

All researchers of the Institute for History are connected to one of the six research specializations: The Unification of the Mediterranean World (400 BC - 400 AD), Collective Identities and Transnational Networks in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, 1000-1800, Political Culture and National Identities, Colonial and Global History, Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence, and History and International Relations. See This position will be part of the specialization Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence.


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