Doctoral / PhD student Intervention, pacification and reconstruction in the Balkans 92-04
University of Groningen, Faculty of Arts

Doctoral / PhD student Intervention, pacification and reconstruction in the Balkans 92-04 (1.0 fte) (219400)



The University of Groningen is one of the top European research universities and is internationally oriented. The university is socially active and feels committed to its environment. In a wide range of disciplines, researchers and teachers practice their profession from a scientific passion. Everyone is enabled to get the best out of themselves. The talent, ambition and performance of the 31,000 students and 5,600 employees are honored as much as possible. 
On 1 October 2019, the Contemporary History Chair Group of the Faculty of Arts has room for an enthusiastic PhD student with a demonstrable interest in military and / or Central and Eastern European history. The researcher will be part of the Graduate School for Humanities.


Job description

The research project should lead to a promotion about Dutch peacekeeping missions and focuses on how the Dutch armed forces were involved in international interventions in the Balkans (specifically in Croatia and Bosnia) in the period 1992-2004. Important points of attention in this regard are in particular how this deployment contributed to the objectives of Dutch foreign policy, what the nature of Dutch military action was, how cooperation went with other allies, partners and actors, how international and Dutch deployment developed, and in which respects positive and sustainable outcomes can be spoken of or not.

Since the end of the Cold War, partly on the basis of the UN report An Agenda For Peace (1992), there has gradually been an international consensus on the issue of interventions in 'failing' states or in countries that pose a threat to the regional or international stability and security. An important catalyst for this was the case of the violent breakup of Yugoslavia. For all kinds of reasons, the Netherlands was ambitiously involved from 1991/1992 in international attempts at mediation, crisis management, humanitarian action and post-conflict peacebuilding in this crisis area in Southeastern Europe. The complex implementation problems of the interventions in particular were (and still are) a subject of controversy and debate. Despite billions of dollars in aid and the efforts of thousands of soldiers, diplomats and social workers were often disappointed by the results or at least very varied. In other words: the sometimes high-minded ideas about 'post-conflict peacebuilding' (later referred to as a 3D or integrated approach) encountered a stubborn practice, also in the case of Dutch contributions.

Candidates are expressly invited to reflect on this theme and to come up with their own interesting perspectives for analyzing and explaining this problem.


Job requirements

• MA History and / or a related field within the Arts domain 
• demonstrable interest in or relevant work experience in the field of military and / or Central and Eastern European history 
• excellent command of Dutch and English 
• experience in doing of primary source research 
• being able to work independently and in a team 
• participating in PhD training courses of the Graduate School for the Humanities 
• (interim) publishing the research results in peer-reviewed academic journals 
• co-organizing workshops / conferences and presenting of the research results there.


Terms of employment

In accordance with the collective labor agreement for Dutch universities, we offer:

  • a salary of € 2,325 gross per month in the first year up to € 2,972 gross per month in the last year at full working time
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus on the annual gross income
  • a full-time appointment; an appointment of 0.8 FTE is possible. The appointment is initially for the period of 1 year. An evaluation of the progress of the project will follow after 9 months and a positive evaluation will be followed by an extension of three years (1.0 FTE) or four years (with an appointment of 0.8 FTE). The Faculty of Arts attaches great importance to diversity and is therefore happy to welcome applications from people who are currently under-represented in its institution.

The research is funded by the Netherlands Institute of Military History (NIMH) in The Hague and the Faculty of Arts of the RUG. The doctoral candidate is appointed to the Contemporary History chair group at the University of Groningen. Part of the work takes place at the NIMH in The Hague.


You can apply by sending your application letter with a curriculum vitae before August 30, 2018 exclusively on the basis of the application form.


The following documents must be sent:

  • a letter of motivation
  • a curriculum vitae
  • at least 2 references, with copies of MA diploma and numbers
  • a research proposal (maximum 1500 words, excl. bibliography and notes)
  • examples of possible own relevant publications (maximum 3).

The RUG is an inclusive organization: A versatile employer for all groups in society. We therefore welcome a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and knowledge. We also explicitly invite women to apply for this position. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the NVP application code, and the Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers, / charter / code of the European Commission.


Acquisition is not appreciated.



For information you can contact:

  • Prof.dr. Arthur ten Cate, professor by special appointment of Military History and program manager NIMH, 070-3165243,

  • Dr. Sipke de Hoop, senior lecturer in the history department, 050-3636008,

Please do not use the e-mail address (es) above for responding to the vacancies.

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