Doctoral fellow

Last application date
Jun 11, 2021 00:00
LW21 - Department of Languages and Cultures
Limited duration
MA degree in Japanese Studies and/or Japanese History
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

We are pleased to invite applications for a full-time, fully-funded 4-year PhD fellowship at Ghent University. The successful candidate will work on the BOF-funded project "Buddhism, Medicine, and Gender in Premodern Japan," supervised by Dr. Anna Andreeva at the Department of Languages and Cultures, at Ghent University. The candidate will be expected to complete her/his PhD, with yearly evaluations, on a topic relating to the interactions between gendered religious, medical, or technical knowledge and/or the impacts of such knowledge on the fields of cultural production in pre-1900 Japan. An ability to read Buddhist sources is strongly recommended.
Please note that we are an international team and the language of the project and the dissertation is English; Dutch language skills can be taken into account as an extra, although not expected. The post will be tenable from Oct 1, 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for four years, with a monthly net bursary of minimum ca. 2.225,51 Euro (depending on years of prior employment) and a fixed annual bench fee (subject to budget verification, covering some pre-approved expenses for fieldwork, research material, conference travel).

Job profile

What we are looking for:

  • MA degree in Japanese Studies and/or Japanese History
  • Strong motivation to complete the PhD track and curriculum
  • Excellent modern and pre-modern Japanese language skills (kanbun and bungo)
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Ability to work in a team


  • Background or demonstrated interest in medieval and early modern Japanese history and religions
  • Dutch language skills

What we offer:

  • The opportunity to work collaboratively with a team of international researchers
  • Guidance for PhD research by an expert on premodern Japanese religions and history
  • Training in advanced research skills (including kanbun, kuzushiji, etc.)
  • Opportunity to gain teaching experience (in English)
  • Monthly bursary of minimum net ca. 2.225,51 Euro + fixed annual bench fee (subject of budget approval)
  • An international and vibrant scholarly community at Ghent University, a Top 100 University in the beautiful medieval city of Ghent

How to apply

What to submit:

  • Cover letter (max. 2 pages)
  • CV, with contact details of two referees
  • Writing sample (a copy of your undergraduate thesis, or an extended seminar paper)
  • A copy of your Master’s diploma (non-EU diplomas may be a subject to further verification)
  • Topic proposal (2 pages) (desired)

Application deadline is June 11, 2021. The interviews will be conducted online in English, in the second half of June.
For further inquiries and submissions, please contact Dr. Anna Andreeva
Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Culture
Department of Languages and Cultures