Three fully-funded PhD Scholarships at Gent University

Deadline: 31 October 2015
Open to: applicants with a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant field and with and excellent command of at least two European languages
Scholarship: approximately EUR 1,800 per month


Applications are invited for three full-time fully funded PhD scholarships in European periodical studies tenable for a period of up to four years each in the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University, Belgium. The successful candidates will participate in the project “Agents of Change: Women Editors and Socio-Cultural Transformation in Europe, 1710-1920″.

This project aims to map the transnational networks of intellectual and textual exchange through which women editors of periodicals impacted social and cultural life in early-eighteenth- to early-twentieth-century Europe, including the use of digital humanities methods. Scholars will prepare a PhD on at least one of the five key thematic areas of the project (the early periodical, the novel, domestic ideology, consumer culture, women’s rights movements) and they will also participate in the project as a team member and contribute to the project database.


All applicants should have:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant field, such as Literature, Comparative Literature or History. Experience in women’s history would be considered a plus;
  • Excellent command of at least two European languages – the term “European” taken here in the broadest historical sense of the word, not just the current European Union. Additional reading knowledge of other European languages would be a plus;
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Outstanding academic record;
  • Aptitude for original and creative work, independently as well as in a team.


The scholarships are offered for a period of two years, extendable for another two years after positive evaluation. The starting date is 1 June 2016 at the latest. The net salary will be approximately EUR 1,800 per month, gradually rising to approximately EUR 2,000 per month in the fourth year.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2015. Submit your application via email to [email protected]. Further information about the project and/or position can also be obtained at this address. Applications should include:

  • A cover letter, in which you specify why you are interested in the project and why you consider yourself a suitable candidate;
  • A current CV;
  • Transcripts of your qualifications to date (degrees and grade lists);
  • A writing sample (excerpt from your Master’s thesis, article, etc.);
  • A reference letter (e.g. from your thesis supervisor).

For more information please visit the official website.

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