PhD position 'The Associative Order' (1.0 FTE)

Hours per week: 
38 to 40
Faculty of Humanities
Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis
Application deadline: 

Job description

We are seeking a candidate for a PhD project titled 'The Associative Order: An Historical Analysis of its Functioning, Development and Welfare Effects'. This position focuses on the change in the associative order - also referred to as corporatism - and the effect of this change on the well-being of the Dutch society in the period 1870-2020. 
The project is part of the transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research programme SCOOP: Roadmaps to Resilient Societies. SCOOP is a research and training centre dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of sustainable cooperation as a key feature of resilient societies. SCOOP brings together Researchers of the University of Groningen, Utrecht University, VU Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Radboud University Nijmegen. The PhD student will participate in the SCOOP PhD training programme.


You should have:

  • (almost) finished a (Research) Master's degree in the domain of (economic) history, or a related discipline;
  • a solid training in historical research and affinity with quantitative methods;
  • eagerness to learn to work in an interdisciplinary research team and to conduct interdisciplinary research in the SCOOP programme;
  • an excellent academic record;
  • eagerness to publish international articles and write a dissertation;
  • good social and communication skills;
  • excellent command of English and academic writing skills;
  • (preferably) working Dutch language skills.


You will be offered a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for a period of 18 months. In case of good performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining period of 30 months (4 years in total). The gross salary ranges between €2,395 in the first year and €3,061 in the fourth year of employment (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organisation

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact: Selin Dilli (Assistant Professor Economic and Social History Group), via


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below. Make sure the application includes:

  • a cover letter explaining your interest in this position and your research focus, how your background prepares you for the research, and any other information about your circumstances relevant to assessing your suitability for the position (app. 500 words);
  • a curriculum vitae. Please include the names and contact details of two referees whom we may contact;
  • an English language writing sample (e.g. a chapter from your Master's thesis);
  • grade sheets (VWO, BA, MA).

In case you are shortlisted, you will be requested to prepare a short research proposal. Interviews will be scheduled to take place 25 October and are likely to be conducted online, via Teams.

Employment will become effective on 1 December 2021 or, by mutual agreement, shortly thereafter.

The application deadline is 15 October 2021.