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Interested in doing a PhD after your master's? Go for a PhD in the Humanities

11 October 2022

The Faculty of Archaeology will participate in the PhDs in the Humanities grant program 2023. The official call will be published by NWO in November/December. The 2022 NWO PhD in Humanities information is helpful, procedures will most probably not be altered. However, make sure to check the guidelines as soon as the call 2023 is online.



Only applications that are selected by both the Faculty Boards of FdA (Archaeology) and FGW (Humanities) are allowed to submit to NWO. The proposals will therefore be assessed in two selection phases at Leiden University:

1) Pre-selection Faculty of Archaeology early December 2022:

The FdA Research Committee assesses and ranks the proposals on behalf of the Board. 

- Max. 1 proposal per 'daily supervisor' (i.e. not per promotor) can be submitted to the Research Committee: a promotor who is involved in two proposals and co-operating with two different 'daily supervisors' is allowed to send in both proposals.

- The Research Committee will determine the ‘top three’ that will continue to the next selection phase.

2) Selection Archaeology/Humanities early January 2023: 

The selected three from FdA can incorporate feedback and will then have to resubmit before the 11th of January 2023. From all the pre-selected Archaeology and Humanities proposals (18 in total), a Humanities/Archaeology Committee will subsequently determine the ‘top five’. These will be allowed to submit to NWO on behalf of Leiden University (deadline probably early March 2023).


Deadline for the pre-selection phase by the Faculty of Archaeology is November 29, 2022: 11.59 a.m. Send your application to j.l.j.a.mans@arch.leidenuniv.nl. The Research Committee will only assess applications that are conform the NWO-PhDs in the Humanities format and guidelines (see here under the tab ‘prepare’). Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Applications should consist of:

  • a full research proposal and CV written in English in the NWO-PhDs in the Humanities format (filling in the budget, is not yet needed for the pre-selection phase).
  • email (Dutch or English) of promotor declaring willingness to support candidate & project.

Caveat: The supervisor or promotor will ultimately have to submit the application and, hence, will be the formal applicant. Note that an awarded PhDs in the Humanities-project (with its duration of 4/5 years) will not be allowed to coexist with an NWO-Open Competition project M or L (i.e. one cannot be an applicant in both).

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