PhD student

Last application date
Oct 02, 2017 23:59
LW21 - Department of Languages and Cultures
Limited duration
Master degree in Slavic and East European studies or an equivalent degree
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

The Department of Languages and Cultures at Ghent University, Belgium is seeking well-qualified applications for a fully funded and full-time doctoral research fellowship in Russian literature. The successful candidate will work on a research project on the interwar Russian émigré historical novel and prepare a dissertation on the topic. The principal investigator is Ben Dhooge. The project is supported by Ghent University’s Special Research Fund (BOF UGent). The successful candidate will start on January 1, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Profile of the candidate


  • You hold a Master’s degree in Slavic and East European studies or an equivalent degree. The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment;
  • You have demonstrable interest in (research on) Russian (émigré) literature;
  • You have an excellent command of Russian;
  • You have excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • You are interested in participating in a larger research project and have the skills to work both independently as well as in a team;
  • You will write and successfully defend a PhD dissertation within the four years of the fellowship;
  • You will contribute to the scholarly activities of the research group.

Conditions of employment

  • A fully funded four year fellowship as a PhD student (continuation being subject to positive evaluation after two years);
  • A substantial bench fee for research purposes;
  • The possibility to acquire academic and transferrable skills through Ghent University’s Doctoral School program;
  • You will be based in the Department of Languages and Cultures at Ghent University’s Faculty of Arts and Philosophy.

How to apply

A summary of the research project and further information about the position are available upon request.

Submit your application via email to by October 2, 2017.
Applications should include:

  • a cover letter, in which you specify why you are interested in the project and why you consider yourself a suitable candidate
  • a CV
  • transcripts of records (degree, grades, etc.)
  • a writing sample (excerpt from your Master’s thesis, article, etc.)

The four components of the application should be combined in one PDF file. 

Additionally, a letter of recommendation should be sent by two referees directly to no later than October 9, 2017.