PhD Research Fellowship in Social Sciences

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - The Centre for Research on Peace and Development

The Centre for Research on Peace and Development (CRPD) announces the appointment of one PhD research fellow in Social Sciences. CRPD is a multidisciplinary research centre at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium. CRPD's multidisciplinary team conducts conceptual, empirical and applied research with the aim of improving our understanding of the causes of violent conflicts and the challenges of sustainable peace building. CRPD's research is divided into three clusters: 1) Governance, 2) Conflict causes and dynamics, and 3) Challenges of sustainable peacebuilding. For more information on CRPD, please visit:

Profile and qualifications

  • The applicant should have completed a Master's degree in sociology, economics, political science, development studies or any other closely related subject;
  • The applicant should have an outstanding educational/academic track record;
  • The applicant should have excellent analytical and writing skills (any peer-reviewed publications will be an advantage);
  • The applicant should have excellent quantitative research skills and should be able to statistically analyze survey data (experience in survey research and methodology will be considered an advantage).


  • A 4—year PhD Research Fellowship (100%) starting late 2016;
  • A pleasant and challenging work environment;
  • A position at an inclusive workplace enterprise;
  • Time spent on teaching and administrative work will be limited to a maximum of 20%.

Availability and statute

  • Commencement of employment on November 1, 2016 or by mutual agreement;
  • Renewable contracts of 1 year on the basis of positive evaluation. Total duration of fellowship is 4 years.

For more information, please contact Prof. dr. Arnim Langer, tel.: +3216323263, email:

Application procedure

Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. In evaluating the applications, academic qualifications together with the project description will be given more weight than other disciplinary and general qualifications. Personal suitability will also be an important factor. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Applications may be sent to professor Arnim Langer ( and should include the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • A comprehensive CV, including grades and the names of two references;
  • A short research proposal (max. 3 pages!).

The research proposal should include the main research question(s), choice of theoretical framework and the proposed methodology. The proposal should also briefly explain how the applicant's proposed PhD project will contribute to the research objectives and expertise of CRPD.

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