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PhD fellowship in socially engaged art and state transformation
Fellowship Amsterdam, the Netherlands

PhD fellowship in socially engaged art and state transformation

DEADLINE:31 May 2020

This PhD fellowship is part of the IMAGINART project at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. It will support a researcher to focus on creative experiments with institutions in Palestine (the West Bank) and Lebanon. By means of extensive ethnographic fieldwork and critical discourse analysis, the researcher will analyze the ways in which socially engaged art has stepped in to fill the gaps left by failing or non-existent state institutions, paying particular attention to transnational dynamics and connections between fieldwork sites in Palestine and Lebanon.


  • a relevant Master’s degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences or the Arts, completed no later than 31 August 2020;
  • outstanding research qualities, manifested in strong transcripts and a high-quality Master’s thesis;
  • excellent spoken Arabic;
  • excellent written and spoken English;
  • keen interest in critical, interdisciplinary research methods and approaches;
  • ability and willingness to work in a team;
  • willingness to travel abroad for fieldwork, research stays, conferences and workshops;
  • strong organizational skills;
  • strong social media skills is a plus;
  • demonstrable experience with either work in the cultural field or fieldwork in the Middle East is a plus;
  • demonstrable familiarity with ethnographic methods such as participant observation; structured, semi-structured, and non-structured interviews; and critical discourse analysis is a plus.


The recruited PhD candidate will be employed at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Humanities within the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. The employment contract will be for 48 months, full-time.

The gross monthly salary will be Euro €2,325 during the first year to reach Euro €2,972 during the fourth year, based on 38 hours per week.

he PhD candidate receives a tuition fee waiver and has free access to courses offered by the Graduate School of the Faculty of Humanities and the Dutch National Research Schools.