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PhD in Amsterdam School for Social Scientific Research

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info about Admission & Application

Amsterdam School for Social Scientific Research
MA students & pre-dissertation students

Applications are registered twice a year and are accepted for the autumn and spring sessions. Some 10 to 12 students are admitted annually.

Application deadlines
Autumn: December 15
Spring: May 15

Applications for the PhD programme must include: a PhD research proposal, two letters of recommendation, the student's statement of reasons for undertaking PhD study, a CV and Toefl scores (for foreign applicants, whose native language is not English). If your pplication is accepted, your proposed research statement need not be binding, but your final choice of research topic will have to be approved by your supervisor and the other members of your PhD committee.

Students in the Netherlands wishing to undertake PhD research may benefit from coming to to the School to dicuss their plans in greater detail before submitting an application. If so, they are invited to contact the School to request a preliminary interview.

The selection procedure

Every year, the Amsterdam School for Social science Research offers PhD scholarships for PhD research in anthropology, sociology, political science or Asia studies. The scholarships are "free", which means no project description has been drawn up in advance. Ph.D. candidates can submit their own proposals, from which the best ones will be selected.

Apart from scholarships, candidates are welcome to apply for admission to the Amsterdam School's Ph.D. programme if they can support themselves while working on their thesis or are supported by external organizations.

Ph.D. candidates at the Amsterdam School for Social science Research are to complete their dissertation within four years. If you wish to apply for a Ph.D. scholarship and to attend the Amsterdam School's Ph.D. programme from March 1 or September 1 onward, please submit the following before December 15 or May 15:

* a summary of your reasons for applying for a Ph.D. research position and a short description of your present situation and employment;
* a dissertation plan no longer than 1,600 words describing the hypothesis to be defended or refuted and indicating the material to be consulted, the theoretical principles to be utilized, the subject's academic importance and the feasibility of completing the dissertation in the period of time alloted; this plan is not binding and serves mainly to illustrate your ability to plan a research project; (see guidelines)
* a curriculum vitae;
* a list of publications or - if you are a recent graduate - a list of papers you have written;
* an official transcript of your Master's degree examination grades;
* one or two recent articles or - if you are a recent graduate - one or two chapters from the Master's thesis.

In addition, have two persons with a PhD in social sciences or some related field send letters of recommendation by separate mail to the ASSR indicating whether you can be expected to complete your dissertation in four years and the quality of the thesis you can be expected to write (if possible).

If you submit an application, you will receive a confirmation of receipt with further information about the schedule of the evaluation process.

The application may be written in Dutch or English. Applications by
email or fax will not be considered.


Your application should contain a Core Text of maximum 3,000 words in which you describe your research plans.

(the Core Text, 3,000 words maximum for the items 1 through 7).

1. Title of the project

2. Give a brief description of your project (16 lines).

3. The research question (1000 words in total)
1. Description of the field of study and the existing body of knowledge with reference to that: What we don't know? What has been neglected? The central object of the proposed research (600 words).
2. The core question. Which central question would you like to answer with the research? How do you unfold the central question into a number of sub-questions, so that the joint answers will generate the answer to the central question? Explanation per sub-question. (400 words for the questions, sub-questions and explanation)

4. The innovative character of the proposed project (130 words)
What is the significance of your thesis? Does it contain an original contribution to the field? Is it of specific social or theoretical relevance?

5. Theoretical considerations (900 words)
1. Sketch of the dominant theoretical approaches
2. Sketch of the dominant empirical and theoretical debates.
3. How does your research fit in with the present state of
research and theoretical discussions in your field? Which scholars in
your field do you find especially relevant to your work?

6. Proposition, hypotheses and concepts.
1. What is the central proposition?
2. Which are the working hypotheses
3. What are the main theoretical concepts you intend to use

7. The data (800 words)
1. a. Describe the empirical data, i.e. the sources, to be used for answering the research questions.
2. b. How do you intend to gather your data? Do you have whatever permission might be required? Have the necessary informants agreed to cooperate? Do you have access to the archives you need?

8. Organisational context
1. Is your project related to the work of teachers, PhD students or programme objectives of the Amsterdam School?
2. Which staff members would you like to have as members of your supervision committee during your first year in the PhD programme?
3. Who will write letters of recommendation?

9. List your publications that are relevant to the project.

10. Provide a short and provisional bibliography

11. What is the proposed time schedule for the activities you propose?

12. If applicable: How do you intend to support yourself while working on your thesis?

13. If applicable: Draw up a budget of the expenses your research will require. How are these funds to be provided?

14. Which of the courses you have taken, what previous employment and other experience is relevant to an assessment of your ability to successfully complete the proposed project? Mention references, if any.

Provide concise and clear answers, based on the ideas and information you have now. If and when new data become available, you may have other ideas and of course your plans may change accordingly preliminary course of study.

Consideration of applications

The applications will be subjected to a preliminary screening. The candidates selected during this first round will be invited for an interview. If they reside abroad, their application will be evaluated by the selection committee in a plenary session. The final decisions will be made shortly after the interviews and deliberation in the committee.

Applications will be judged on the basis of the minimum admission requirements, a short proposal outlining the intended research and reference letters from scholars.

Minimum admission requirements

Candidates entering the PhD programme should have completed a Master's degree (such as an MA) at an accredited university. The Master's degree should have been completed with a high grade. Persons educated outside the Netherlands are eligible to pursue a doctorate, to participate in the PhD training programme and to receive an ASSR PhD scholarship provided they are granted exemption from the legal Dutch educational MA requirement. If the candidate's foreign education makes him or her eligible to pursue a PhD degree in that same country, such exemption will be easy to obtain. Otherwise, the candidate must provide proof that satisfies the Doctorate Board (College van Promoties) that he or she may be regarded as capable of the independent pursuit of a PhD. Such proof may consist of a current university function or other professional position, publications, and so forth.

It is advisable to start the exemption-procedure only when you've passed the first selection round and after consultation with the Amsterdam School.

All foreign candidates applying to the ASSR are required to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English to enrol in the ASSR PhD program. A PhD student can prove that he/she has sufficient English language ability by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge score that meets the minimum ASSR requirements. The only condition by which a non-native foreign speaker of English may be exempted from the proficiency test requirement is if the student has studied for a minimum of two years at a university-level institution where all coursework was conducted in English. If a student meets this criterion, he or she should submit a letter sent by the university directly to the ASSR, confirming this.

Students are required to have a minimum score of either 213 according to the new notation on the computer-based test, or a minimum score of 550 according to the old notation. A score of 18 is expected on the other TOEFL components (listening, structure/writing, and reading). Students must arrange that an official copy of the results is sent directly by the TOEFL institute to the ASSR.
For general information contact TOEFL at email: toefl@e... or website:

The IELTS examination is organised by the British Council at least once a month upon request. Students are required to have a score of at least 6.5. Test scores should be sent directly by IELTS to the ASSR.

Students can also take one of the "English as a foreign language exams" of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate whose examinations are available in more than 150 countries. Students are required to have a minimum score of A+ for the first certificate in English exam; B+ for the certificate in advanced English; or B for the certificate of proficiency in English exam. Test scores should be sent directly to the ASSR

email: merlyn@b...
Research Fellow Ph.D. candidate
SCoT Research Group Technology & Society Studies
Bandung University of Twente
Indonesia Enschede - The Netherlands

Citibank Scholarships

Three full or partial scholarships, funded jointly by Citibank, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the University of Oxford, will be available for students from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland or South Africa to read for a two-year Master's degree in one of the
following subjects: Economics, European Politics and Society or International Relations. The scholarship will cover University and college fees and maintenance costs.

Applicants should complete the form for Graduate Scholarships and
Bursaries for International Students.
Scholarship Application Download Page:

Beasiswa ASEA UNINET 2004

Berdasarkan informasi dari Secreatriat Prof.Dr. B.M.
Rode, Austrian Coordinator of ASEA UNINET tanggal 30
Desember 2004, bersama ini diberitahukan bahwa dalam
rangka program kerjasama antar-universitas ASEAN
dengan universitas di beberapa negara Uni Eropa
(ASEAN-European University Network), Dewan
Pengembangan Riset dan Teknologi Austria menyediakan
dana beasiswa.
Program beasiswa yang ditawarkan adalah sebagai
berikut :

- On Place Scholarships for Master Studies (Program
Master untuk pendidikan dalam negeri/Indonesia)
- Postdoc Scholarships (Technology Grants)
- Ph.D. Scholarships (Technology and
- Research Scholarships 3-6 months

Berikut kami sampaikan beberapa informasi penting
mengenai beasiswa ASEA UNINET tersebut :

Bidang Ilmu Yang Ditawarkan :
- Agriculture and Biotechnology
- Basic Sciences and Engineering
- Economics, Business, Social Sciences and Tourism
- Medicine
- Philosophy
- Arts and Music

Batas Umur dan persyaratan akademik Pelamar :
1. Maksimal 27 tahun untuk Program S2, cakap berbahasa
Inggris/Jerman (spoken and written), dan IPK (GPA)
2. Maksimal 32 tahun untuk Program S3, cakap berbahasa
Inggris/Jerman (spoken and written), dan IPK (GPA)
3. Maksimal 35 tahun untuk Program Postdoctoral dan
Research, cakap berbahasa Inggris/Jerman (spoken and

Dokumen Yang Harus Dilampirkan :
- Application form
- Curriculum vitae
- Fotokopi ijazah dan transkrip nilai terakhir (dalam
bahasa Inggris)
- Surat Penerimaan (letter of acceptance/admission
letter) dari perguruan tinggi di Austria atau surat
keterangan sebagai mahasiswa di Program Pascasarjana
perguruan tinggi di Indonesia (khusus untuk On Place
Scholarships for Master Studies)
- Dokumen pendukung lain yang relevan

Mengingat jadwal interview beasiswa tersebut sangat
mendesak, maka kami mengatur jadwal secara ketat
sebagai berikut :
15 Januari - 4 Februari 2004: Masa
5-6 Februari 2004 : Praseleksi (seleksi berkas untuk
menentukan calon yang memenuhi syarat untuk mengikuti
13 Februari 2004 : Interview di Yogyakarta *
16 Februari 2004 : Interview di Jakarta *

*) Catatan : Kepastian dan informasi lebih detail
mengenai tempat dan waktu pelaksanaan interview akan
kami beritahukan kemudian, khususnya kepada calon yang
dinyatakan lulus praseleksi, baik melalui surat,
telepon dan/atau email.

Bagi para dosen PTN/PTS yang berminat mengikuti
pelatihan tersebut, mohon segera sampaikan lamaran
(dengan surat pengantar/persetujuan pimpinan perguruan
tinggi) ditujukan ke Direktur Pembinaan Pendidikan
Tenaga Kependidikan dan Ketenagaan Perguruan Tinggi,
Ditjen Dikti, Jalan Pintu Satu Senayan, Jakarta.

Untuk keperluan Praseleksi (seleksi administrasi),
kami mohon berkas pencalonan dapat kami terima paling
lambat tanggal 4 Februari 2004.

Informasi lebih lanjut:

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