The Institute for History is inviting applications for new research program: Cosmopolis Advanced, an initiative of the Institute for History at Leiden University (LU) in partnership with Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta.

It offers a unique opening for advanced international students who aim for a Leiden degree in the fields of Colonial & Global History or Archival & Postcolonial Studies.

 About University: The Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is one of Europe’s leading international research universities. It has seven faculties in the arts, sciences and social sciences spread over locations in Leiden and The Hague. The University has over 6,500 staff members and 26,900 students. The motto of the University is ‘Praesidium Libertatis’ – Bastion of Freedom.

Degree Level: Scholarships are available to pursue MA/PhD programme.

Available Subject: Cosmopolis Advanced offers scholarships to graduate students from Indonesia and other countries at both the MA (18 months; 90 ecs) and the PhD (42 months; 210 ecs) level.

Scholarship Benefits: Throughout the program, Cosmopolis Advanced will actively recruit at least 10 students for the MA program based on a so-called Van Leur Scholarship (funded by Ministry of , Culture, and Science, OC&W). The latter is specifically meant to stimulate research into the still most neglected VOC archives and the centuries’ old shared heritage it represents. After their selection by the scholarship committee, students will receive a scholarship for 18 months. For the Van Leur Scholarship, Leiden University waives the lion share (€ 22.000) of the regular tuition fee of € 25.000 (for 18 months). After the successful completion of the pilot-study, the Indonesian students compete for 5 Ph.D. positions (funded by UGM Indonesia). Students working on the VOC compete for 2 PhD-positions (funded by OC&W). Other students will compete for PhD-positions on the basis of external funding. For PhD-fellows, Leiden University will provide office space and the usual research facilities. In Indonesia, office space and research facilities will be provided by the Indonesian partners. A scholarship committee with representatives from both partners is responsible for the selection process. LU and UGM are responsible for the practical organization of the selection process of the Van Leur and UGM scholarships respectively. The committee will take decisions on the basis of the recommendations of LU (for Van Leur Scholarships) and UGM (for UGM scholarships). After selection, the selected students become regular MA and PhD-students at LU and are subject to the usual regulations regarding the program in which they are enrolled

Number of Scholarships: 5 scholarships are available for the current round (for students starting in the summer of 2018). Another call for 5 scholarships will be issued for starting in 2019.

Eligibility: The program intends to attract the most talented international students at the postmaster level. Eligible candidates should be able to demonstrate:

(a) Excellence in archival/historical research, as evidenced by a master degree in history that includes a substantial research thesis of 30 ECTS or its equivalent. Candidates with an MA-degree in a language other than English must have certified proficiency at a minimal degree of 7.0 IELTS/ 100 TOEFL.

 (b) Sufficient financial support for all relevant costs (including for living and accommodation) either through the Cosmopolis scholarship program or private or external funding

Eligible Nationalities: International applicants are eligible to apply for this scholarship program.

Application Procedure: Applications must reach to LU or UGM no later than 1 December 2017, and must include the following:

  • Letter of Motivation
  • CV (2 pages)
  • Research Proposal (2000 words excluding bibliography)
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Transcripts and certified copies of your BA and MA degrees
  • Certified proof of English language proficiency, minimally 7.0 IELTS/100 TOEFL

Deadline: Scholarship application deadline is December 1, 2017.

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