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PhD candidate in the field of Migration Studies and International Relations

The RIGHTS project, part of the programme group ‘Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance’ of the Department of Political Sciences is looking for …

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Spui, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2266 - € 2897 per maand


The RIGHTS project, part of the programme group ‘Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance’ of the Department of Political Sciences is looking for a PhD candidate in the field of Migration Studies and International Relations.

The rights of low skilled migrant workers are usually analysed from the destination country perspective, ignoring the role of origin countries in protecting the rights or their citizens abroad. The RIGHTS project examines how the rights of low skilled migrant workers are shaped by origin and destination states, interstate dialogues, and the involvement of civil society and international organisations. It looks at the factors that determine why and how origin states intervene and how destination countries respond. The project’s core is a systematic comparative case study of six origin countries with partly overlapping destination countries and three of these destination countries. The tentative case selection includes the Philippines, Morocco, Senegal, India, Ecuador, and Vietnam on the origin country side and South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Italy on the destination country side.

RIGHTS (2018-2023) is funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) and is led by Dr Evelyn Ersanilli.

Working closely together with the PI and Dr Liberty Chee, the PhD candidate will be responsible for fieldwork (interviews and archival research) in three of the country cases. Data collected will be used to write a PhD dissertation. The candidate will receive training at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research and can attend additional courses relevant to the project. Teaching is optional, but encouraged.


  • Fully participate in RIGHTS project activities in collaboration with other team members;
  • contribute to writing joint publications with a focus to be defined in collaboration with the RIGHTS team;
  • contribute to the drafting of RIGHTS project reports, project updates, research briefings and policy briefs;
  • conduct archival research and interviews with policy-makers, staff of (i)NGOs, embassy staff and other stakeholders for three of the country cases;
  • regularly present intermediate research results at the UvA and at international workshops and conferences;
  • conduct qualitative analysis and submit 1 or 2 (single and/or co-authored) papers to peer reviewed journals;
  • write a PhD dissertation (monograph or by articles, in consultation);
  • contribute to the research culture of the wider research environment and the Transnational Configurations research group.


  • Master’s degree in Political Science or a related discipline such as Sociology or Anthropology;
  • knowledge of Migration Studies (with an emphasis on policies) and/or International Relations, in particular relations between developing and developed countries;
  • experience with qualitative fieldwork , in particular elite interviews;
  • a willingness to spend several months abroad for project fieldwork;
  • excellent organizational skills;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Desirable are:

  • experience with analysing qualitative data;
  • experience with archival research;
  • experience with fieldwork or other insider knowledge in one or more of the tentative country cases;
  • fluency in French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Korean, and/or Vietnamese.


The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 4 years (initial appointment will be for a period of 12 months and after satisfactory evaluation this can be extended to a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). The position is fulltime (38 hours per week).

The position will start on 1 November 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The gross monthly salary for this position will be €2,266 to €2,897 gross per month; this is based on a full-time position of 38 hours per week, plus 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of- year allowance, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Additional information

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Applications must contain:

  • a motivation letter;
  • a full CV including publication list;
  • proof of your Master degree.
  • an academic writing sample in English (e.g. essay or Master thesis);
  • two names of referees who may be contacted for a letter of reference.

The deadline for the applications is 7 September 2018. Please send your application to sollicitaties-fmg@uva.nl as an attachment (in one single pdf-file) with vacancy number 18-431 as subject.

Interviews will be held on 2 October 2018.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.