Applications are invited for Fully Funded PhD scholarship position in Political Representation and Diversity by The Department of Political Science , Faculty of Social and Behavioural Science,University of AmsterdamNetherlands


The University of Amsterdam invites applications for a 3.5-years PhD position, part of the research project ‘Misrepresenting Diversity? How personal identities clash with ethnic pigeonholing in politics’, led by Dr Liza Mügge and funded by the Dutch National Science Organisation (NWO). This PhD project is co-funded by the Germany Institute Amsterdam (DIA).

The successful applicant is expected to have a high level of competence and motivation to undertake the following tasks:

    • complete a PhD thesis within the PhD position appointment duration
    • develop and coordinate focus group interviews in three cities
    • contribute (both as sole author and as co-author) to writing research papers to be submitted to peer academic journals
    • regularly present intermediate research results at the UvA and at international workshops and conferences
    • contribute to the organisation of research activities and events of the project, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications
    • participate in the AISSR and DIA PhD programme, including attendance of courses


Applicant will receive the following benefits upon appointment:

  • gross per month salary of €2,325 in the first year and will increase to €2,972 in the fourth year
  • extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%


To be eligible for the scholarship position, applicants must:

    • have obtained a Master’s (research) degree in a field relevant to the theme of the research
    • are a person with initiative, excellent communication skills, the ability to work independently as well as in a team and move easily between international contexts
    • have well-developed analytical skills as well as creativity and perseverance
    • possess good academic writing and presentation skills
    • can demonstrate a strong interest in the topic of this PhD project
    • are familiar with (some of the) academic literatures relevant to the project
    • have excellent qualitative methodological skills, particularly focus group interviews, or are willing and able to acquire these skills
    • have proven organizational skills to train and lead a team with student assistants
    • are able to collaborate in a team with mixed method and/or quantitative scholars
    • are able to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing
    • ideally have basic knowledge of one other language than English (e.g. German, French, Arabic, Turkish)
    • have a strong interest in pursuing an academic career



Applicants are required to submit the following documents with application:

  • letter of motivation
  • full Curriculum Vitae, including official grade transcripts and a copy of the relevant diplomas
  • two letters of reference
  • a statement of how the candidate would envision investigating the issues laid out above (1,000 words max). Contact the project leader for a complete description of the project

Scholarship Position Link

Deadline: May 24, 2019
Publish Date:
University of Amsterdam
Location: Netherlands