PhD Position Muslim Interreligious Encounters in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean – Netherlands

Applications are invited for Paid PhD Position Muslim Interreligious Encounters in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean at The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Job description

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies offers a four year PhD Position to complete a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies. The PhD student will be enrolled in our Graduate School. The proposed dissertation project should complement the research profile of Dr. Mònica Colominas Aparicio, who will be the supervisor.

The PhD Position will be based in the Department of Christianity and the History of Ideas, which has expanded to consider also the intellectual history of Islam in the Mediterranean, with a focus on interreligious encounters. Other Department staff are engaged in the study of the history of Christianity from the Middle Ages to the present, the philosophy of religion, as well as religion in heritage, international relations, and popular culture.


Successful applicant will receive the following benefits:

  • a salary of € 2,395 in the first year to a maximum of € 3,061 gross per month in the final year (PhD salary scale), based on a full-time position
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
  • a full-time position of four years


To be eligible for PhD Position, the PhD applicant must:

• have a thorough training in research skills
• be fluent in English (both oral and written) and be able to carry out research in one or more languages (such as Arabic and Spanish)
• be able and willing to work in an interdisciplinary environment
• be able to finish the PhD thesis in four years
• enjoy planning, taking initiative, and academic writing
• have the desire to publish


For PhD Position, applicants are required to submit the following documents (please merge all documents into one PDF file):

  • A brief letter of motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae and a sketch of your intellectual history (c. 600 words)
  • Two (02) reference letters
  • English language competence (proven through submitting samples of one’s own writing or TOEFL/IELTS test)
  • A writing sample of no more than 5000 words, such as an essay or part of a master’s thesis
  • A research project proposal (no more than four pages, c. 2000 words) which should address the following issues:
    • state of the art
    • main research question, key objectives, and relevance
    • the proposed (methodological) approach
    • an estimate of expenses that should be expected to exceed the usual costs of travel, conference visits etc. (for example, microfilms, extended stay abroad, etc.)
    • the proposed timetable for the writing of your thesis (if your project is interdisciplinary, please also list potential co-supervisor[s])
  • Certified official transcripts of your academic degrees

Official documents must be in the English, Spanish, French or Dutch language. Any translation of originals not in these languages must be authenticated.


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