MA/PhD – Cosmopolis Advanced (The Netherlands) Deadline: Dec. 1, 2018

Leiden University

Application Deadline

Dec. 1, 2018

Program Commencement

July, 2019

Duration of the Program

1.5+3.5 Years

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Program Details

The Institute for History, Leiden University (LU) announces the second call for the research program Cosmopolis Advanced, an initiative of the Institute in partnership with Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta.

The research program offers a unique opening for advanced international students who ultimately aim for a Leiden Ph.D. degree in the fields of Colonial & Global History or Archival & Postcolonial Studies. Ph.D. projects will primarily be based on the study of more than 20 kilometers of Dutch archival materials (mainly in The Netherlands, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, and South Africa). The program builds on the experience of its predecessors TANAP (2000-2007), ENCOMPASS (2006-2012) and COSMOPOLIS (2012-2017), which have trained students from all over the world in the use of the Dutch archives for Colonial and Global History.

The still underexplored Dutch historical archives contain a wealth of detailed information on the history of countries surrounding the Indian Ocean and the Chinese Seas. Despite the fact that more and more of these resources are becoming digitally available, few scholars possess the language, archival, and historical skills to explore these resources. This is particularly true for the early modern era (1600-1800) as covered by the activities of the Dutch East India Company, the Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC). Cosmopolis Advanced provides the one and only international center for training such skills.

COSMOPOLIS ADVANCED will specifically focus on themes suggested by the program’s name. The program will add a fresh perspective on important regional processes of state- and identity-formation (including the making of heritage and law), by looking through the lens of trans-regional interaction and its transmission to various local contexts. The two tracks of COSMOPOLIS ADVANCED include (A) Colonial & Global History and (B) Archival and Postcolonial Studies. Language acquisition, palaeography and Archival Studies will be the same and mandatory for all tracks.

COSMOPOLIS ADVANCED consists of an 18-month Advanced MA program, followed by a 42-month Ph.D. program. For more information, see here. The program starts with an intensive Dutch language course in the Summer. In the current round, five full MA scholarships are available from July 2019.

Eligibility/ Requirements

The most talented international students who have completed their masters are eligible to apply. The candidates should be able to demonstrate:

  • Excellence in archival/historical research, as evidenced by a master degree in history or a related field that includes a substantial research thesis of 30 ECTS or its equivalent. Candidates with an MA-degree in a language other than English must have certified proficiency at a minimal degree of 7.0 IELTS/ 100 TOEFL.
  • Sufficient financial support for all relevant costs (including for living and accommodation) either through the Cosmopolis Advanced scholarship program or private or external funding.

PLEASE NOTE: Throughout the program COSMOPOLIS ADVANCED will actively recruit at least 10 students for the MA program based on a so-called Van Leur Scholarship (funded by Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, OC&W). After their selection by the scholarship committee, students will receive a scholarship for 18 months. For the Van Leur Scholarship Leiden University waives the lion share (€ 22,000) of the regular tuition fee of € 25,000 (for 18 months). More details here.

Application Process

The program is now accepting applications for five MA scholarships starting around July 2019 (see the application form). Applications must include the following:

  1. Application form (Details here)
  2. Letter of Motivation
  3. CV (2 pages)
  4. Research Proposal (2000 words excluding bibliography)
  5. Two recommendation letters
  6. Transcripts and certified copies of your BA and MA degrees
  7. Certified proof of English language proficiency, minimally 7.0 IELTS/100 TOEFL

Students from Indonesia may write to Prof. Dr. Sri Margana for further information. Students from countries other than Indonesia may contact  Lennart Bes.

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