Application Deadline –23 November 2018

African Studies is understood here as a division of area studies involved in social sciences and humanities research on Africa; it can include, but is not limited to, projects dealing with, Politics and Governance in Africa, Citizenship and Identities in Africa, Inclusive development in Africa, Religion in Contemporary Africa and its Diaspora, Governance of Finance and Integrity in Africa, and African History. Students will be supervised by ASCL staff within the graduate programme of the ASCL.

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct original research and disseminate preliminary results through appropriate channels (conferences, journals, project website, etc.);
  • Undertake relevant coursework and other training;
  • Write a PhD dissertation;
  • Contribute to teaching for up to 15% of overall work time, probably concentrated in years 2-3;
  • Participate in ASCL PhD program activities.


  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in African Studies or a Master’s degree in other disciplines with a specialization that clearly indicates specialist academic knowledge with regard to Africa;
  • An excellent command of English;
  • Excellent academic skills, visible in MA thesis or other written work;
  • Teaching experience will be an added asset;
  • The ability to work independently, and as part of a team.

Terms and conditions

They offer a full time, for 38 hours per week, position starting as from 1 January 2019. The initial appointment will be for one year, with extension for the remaining three years conditional upon good progress. Upon consultation with the board of ASCL it is possible to take up the position as a 0,8 FTE position (30,4 hours per week) for five years. Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from €2,325 to max. €2,972 (pay scale for PhD in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month, based on a fulltime appointment.

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. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme.

Application Process

  • Applications will be assessed by the advisory committee for research. The board of the ASCL will take a decision based on the advice by the committee for research. Our aim is to inform the applicants about the results of the procedure by 20 December 2018 at the latest.
  • Applications should be in English, and be submitted

Please ensure that you include in ONE single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number and in this order:

  • A letter of motivation outlining the applicant’s potential contributions;
  • Description of the proposed PhD project (max. 2500 words excluding references) with a summary (max. 250 words) and 5 keywords;
  • A CV and copies of academic transcripts;
  • A writing sample taken from the Master’s thesis or other substantial academic work, in English;
  • Names, positions and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters at this stage).


Enquiries can be made to drs. Maaike Westra, email

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