PhD Scholarship in Anthropology at University of Amsterdam

Deadline: 5 October 2015
Open to: holders of master degree interested in anthropology
Scholarship: EUR 2,125 – EUR 2,717 per month


The Department of Anthropology is one of the Departments in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at University of Amsterdam. The PhD candidate will conduct the sub-project entitled “Sexual well-being and relationships among African migrants”. This sub-project is embedded within the larger research program titled “Sexuality, Religion and Secularism. Cultural encounters in the African Diaspora and the Netherlands”, carried out in cooperation with the University of Groningen. The aim of this program is to research how sexual well-being is approached from three perspectives:

  • That of (Dutch) organizations working with a sexual health approach;
  • That of religious actors in the African Diaspora and;
  • The perspective of African migrants themselves.

The PhD candidate will be based in Amsterdam at the AISSR and will conduct up to 12 months of fieldwork in the Randstad, the conurbation in the west of the Netherlands that encompasses Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht and many smaller towns in between.


The PhD candidate should have the following credentials:

  • Have graduated with excellent results on a research-based MA thesis in Anthropology or a closely related discipline such as Cultural Sociology or Human Geography;
  • Have relevant (ethnographic) fieldwork experience on ideally on gender and sexuality;
  • Have excellent written and spoken English, and ideally fluent in French or Portuguese as well;
  • To be able and willing to work in an interdisciplinary team;
  • Have the abilities to finish the PhD thesis in four years; i.e., good skills in planning, taking initiatives, academic writing.


The gross monthly salary will range from EUR 2,125 in the first year to EUR 2,717 in the final year, based on a full-time position of 38 hours per week, plus 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of- year allowance.

How to apply?

A complete application consists of the following credentials:

  • Curriculum vitae and a sketch of your intellectual history;
  • Your Master’s thesis and one other major academic paper, if any;
  • A short essay (of no more than 1000 words) where you reflect upon the relation between sexuality, religion and secularism;
  • Two letters of academic recommendation;
  • Official, that is, certified, transcripts from each college, seminary or graduate school attended;
  • Applications must be sent as e-mail attachments to before 6 October 2015.

For more information, please check the official web-page.

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