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PhD Fellowship in Political Science, University of Amsterdam


The PhD project is part of a grant financed by the U.S. Department of Defense Minerva Initiative for the project 'Political Reach, State Fragility, and the Incidence of Maritime Piracy and Pirate Organizations, 1993-2012' led by Ursula Daxecker (University of Amsterdam) and Brandon Prins (University of Tennessee). The project proposes new theoretical explanations of maritime piracy, collects data on the incidence of piracy and the characteristics of pirate organizations, and uses advanced quantitative methods to conduct empirical analyses. The fellowship will be based in the programme group 'Political Economy and Transnational Governance' which is housed in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research.

The fellow is expected to be in residence at the University of Amsterdam and enroll in a PhD under the supervision of Ursula Daxecker. The position provides the opportunity to conduct PhD research and work at a leading international research institution with high academic standards and active international collaboration. Women and persons of ethnic minority background are encouraged to apply.


Salary indication �2,000 gross per month


Candidates must possess the following requirements:

- completed Master�s degree in political science, international relations, economics, development studies, or other related subject;

- good skills in research methods, quantitative methods, and data management.


Applications should be sent electronically to sollicitaties-fmg@uva.nl. They should comprise (in one single PDF file) a letter of motivation, a full CV, grades obtained in the Master�s degree, contact information for three references, and a research statement of maximum 3,000 words, outlining the candidate�s own research proposal in relation to the broader project. This statement should include the main research question(s), expected contribution to the project, relationship of the proposed project to the study of maritime piracy and a progress plan including an overview of outputs.

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30 October 2013

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