Phd Student for a Project on Education in India After 1947 KU Leuven, Leuven Modernity & Society 1800-2000, Leuven Belgium


The research group Modernity and Society 1800-2000 (MoSa), which is part of the research unit of History of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), studies political and social processes of change that are associated with modernization. MoSa inquires the various ways in which people and societies experience and steer these changes, in a Belgian, European and global perspective. Key focuses are the history of mobility, identity and mobilization, policy and politics, churches and religion.



The project seeks to study how missionaries (and their local successors) changed their ideas about education and how they translated them into practice. It will also pay attention to the changing contexts in which missionaries were working by examining their position within the (multi-)religious and political environment, as well as the local perception of missionaries and their (educational) activities. These questions will be answered via the case study of Jesuit education in Ranchi, the second largest Jesuit province in India.



  • You have a Master degree in History, Anthropology, Pedagogical Sciences, Area Studies, or a related discipline, and you are open to interdisciplinary research approaches (including, next to the above mentioned disciplines, Religious Studies and Development Studies);
  • You obtained very good results (at least cum laude / with distinction);
  • You have very good proficiency in English, developed excellent oral presentation and written communication skills including the ability to write scholarly prose fluently (knowledge of Dutch, French and/or Hindi is a plus);
  • You are good at working independently, take initiative, and are able to contribute creatively to a research project;
  • You commit to complete the research project in time and to valorize intermediary research results at conferences and in publications;
  • You have good social skills and will be able to collaborate within a team working on missionaries in a postcolonial context;
  • You are able to commit to live in the UK, the US, and in India for about five research stays of 2 weeks to 2 months and to execute well-defined assignments.


  • A full-time employment for a limited period as a PhD student (first for 2 years, with the possibility of extension to four years after positive evaluation);
  • Exciting research in a dynamic, stimulating and internationally oriented research environment and in a team of several doctoral students working on missionaries in independent India.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Idesbald Goddeeris, tel.: +32 16 32 49 74, mail:
Selection will be based on interviews (most probably on 31 October 2018, 11am-2pm) and a project text (about which selected candidates will be contacted)

You can apply for this job no later than October 07, 2018 via theonline application tool

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