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Submission requirements

Cover letter (one page)
The applicant should elaborate on personal motivations, interests, and aspirations. The applicant should explicitly argue how the proposal is aligned with the research interests of the ‘Architecture and Democracy’ programme and the hosting institutes.

Full CV (max. ten pages)
The CV should contain comprehensive chronological information on academic and professional experience, as well as any pertinent record of publication. Please, do not include any information prior to the first year of your university‐level education. The CV should also include three referents or recommenders, but do not enclose any letters of recommendation in the application package.

Research Proposal
The proposal should include the following elements:

  • Dissertation title
  • Abstract (300-500 words, including 5-10 keywords)
  • Introduction to proposal (approx. 1500 words)
  • Preliminary outline and/or table of contents (one page)
  • Planning, incl overview of sources, research and reading (one page)
  • Value, ambition and/or uniqueness of proposed dissertation (one page)
  • Preliminary, critical bibliography (max. five pages, incl an explanation of the selection, 300-500 words)
  • Writing examples (e.g. master’s thesis, papers and essays, max. three items).


  • A letter of agreement from the prospective first promotor
  • Copy of Master’s degree.

Selection prodedure

The deadline for submission is Monday 18 February 2019
Contact Information and submission: Dirk van den Heuvel:

Selection Process

The senior members of the Department of Architecture and the research group coordinators will first screen the proposals for qualification. After the initial screening, they will assemble a short-list and invite the candidates for an interview and presentation, which will also include a Q&A session.

Review criteria for selection are: relevance to the call, originality in approach, commandment of the subject-matter and overview of the state-of-the-art of the research field, demonstration of critical reflection on the subject matter, eloquence and overall impression.

Successful proposals will be endorsed for a scientific and financial validation by the department. Based on the interview, presentation and the scientific and financial validation, the Department of Architecture will accept the selected candidates. In certain cases, the research group coordinators may ask the candidate to respond to the questions and revise the proposal for a follow‐up meeting.

Time Schedule

  • Submission of Proposals: 18 February 2019
  • Interview and Presentation: 25 April 2019
  • Notification of Acceptance: 27 May 2019
  • Start of Research Work: September 2019, to be discussed with candidates
  • One‐Year Review: September 2020
  • Completion: September 2023