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Externally funded or Self-funded PhD candidates

Joining ASCA as an externally or self funded PhD candidate

1. Read the ASCA Research Program on the website and decide how your project fits in or contributes to the program. N.B. It is not necessary to fit into only one of the projects, the proposal may relate to more than one projects.

2. Choose a supervisor from the staff members at ASCA on the basis of the information provided in the research program, and under "Members" and in the "Annual Reports" on the website. Contact them by sending an e-mail and a first short draft of your proposal (max. 1000 words).

3. Rewrite the proposal according to the advice provided by the supervisor and the guidelines below, and together look for a second supervisor.

4. Ask your supervisor to write a short statement confirming their commitment to the project and an argumentation of how the project contributes to the ASCA program (max. 250 words).

5. Send the proposal, including a c.v., your complete address, and a copy of your passport and of your MA degree, together with your supervisor's statement by e-mail to the ASCA office.

N.B. It is important that the length of the proposal does not exceed 2000 words and that it is written in English!

Research proposal for externally or self-funded PhD candidates at ASCA

1. Supervisors

For each project there need to be two supervisors, one of which should be a full professor.

  • Supervisor 1:
  • Supervisor 2:

2. PhD candidate

3. Title of research proposal

4. Summary (max. 250 words)

Please provide a brief summary  of the project in English.

5. Project proposal (max. 2,000)

  • Central issues/aims (why)
  • Methods (how)
  • Objects of Research (what)
  • Work plan for 4 years, please specify starting date and prospective completion date (when)
  • Importance for the Research School

6. Academic Curriculum Vitae PhD candidate

  • Full Contact Details
  • Education
  • Professional information
  • Publications
  • Grants, Honors, etc.

7. Motivation for doing PhD research (max. 300 words)

The intended PhD candidate briefly describes here his or her motivation for doing scientific research and his or her experience is relevant for carrying out the project proposed. This brief explanation may contain a maximum of 300 words.

8. Recommendation by the promoter (max. 250 words)

Both supervisors are requested to write a short statement confirming their commitment to the project and the candidate.

Please send the above information, together with a copy of your passport and a copy of your MA degree to the coordinator of your school by email.


PhD Candidates at the Faculty of Humanities have two supervisors, one of them being a full professor. In principle, PhD candidates see their supervisor(s) once in six weeks to discuss progress.

First year assessment

Self-funded PhD candidates are expected to produce a pilot study in their first year. If the supervisors deem that the project can result in a successful PhD thesis the position will be extended for the remaining period. After this first evaluation, the PhD candidates are asked to report on their progress on a yearly basis.

Research Funding

Externally- or Self-Funded PhD Candidates are entitled to a small budget of up to € 3.000 for conference visits, the production of the dissertation or other research costs (€ 500,- is reserved for participation in national research schools). To apply for this funding, please send a message to:

UvAnet and Library Access

Externally- or Self-Funded PhD Candidates receive a UvA-net ID which gives access to databases and electronic journals to which the UvA-Library subscribes. The UvA-net ID will also give access to e-mail facilities, both with an e-mail client and with webmail, and a login for UvA computers.

Office Space

At the Faculty of Humanities the Departments are responsible for providing office space. If possible, the Research School will try to arrange a flexible work space for externally- or self-funded PhD candidates.


ASCA, the Graduate School of Humanities and the National Research for Cultural Analysis (NICA) and other national schools all offer PhD training. Their programs are free and open to Externally- or Self-Funded PhD Candidates.