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Individual AFR grant - Call for PhD applicants in the History of Digital History

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Individual AFR grant - Call for PhD applicants in the History of Digital History

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C²DH, in collaboration with the Technische Universität Darmstadt, is looking for PhD applicants in the history of digital history

Individual AFR grant - Call for PhD applicants in the History of Digital History

The Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) is looking for motivated and qualified candidates with an interest in the history of digital history to develop, with our help, an application for an individual AFR PhD grant (Luxemburg National Research Fund).

The doctoral project would take place within the framework of a new research project & network about the history of digital humanities that is currently being developed by Dr. Gerben Zaagsma (C²DH) and Prof. dr. Julianne Nyhan (Technische Universität Darmstadt/ University College London).

We are interested in applicants who seek to explore the nexus between (digital) technology and changing modes of historical knowledge production. Possible topics include but are not not limited to:

  • The early beginnings of historical computing in the 1950s and 1960s or humanities research from this period or before that integrated algorithmic research methods or thinking, not necessarily using machines.
  • The development of historical computing in the Eastern bloc.
  • The international Association for History and Computing (1986-2005)

If selected for an AFR, the PhD candidate will be offered a work contract (up to 4 years) at the University of Luxemburg and will be jointly supervised by Dr. Zaagsma and Prof. Nyhan.


Your profile

  • Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a Master degree in History, Digital History or Humanities, or a related field in the Humanities
  • Good verbal communication and academic writing skills in English;
  • Linguistic skills corresponding to your chosen topic (German, Russian, others).
  • Enthusiasm for research and critical thinking.

We actively encourage applicants from underrepresented social, economic, and cultural backgrounds to apply, as we strongly believe that an intercultural and diverse team strengthens the research and practice of digital history.

Successful AFR applicants will be offered:

  • An exciting multi-disciplinary and international research environment with ample opportunities to exchange with scholars at the University of Luxembourg;
  • A highly competitive salary for a full-time PhD position for a period of maximum 4 consecutive years (3+1 years);
  • A package of mentoring, training and career development as well as access to a wide range of courses and seminars offered by the University of Luxembourg. A close connection with the Chair of Humanities Data Science and Methodology, TU Darmstadt will be encouraged, including the opportunity to actively participate in the research-related events and activities of the Chair, as mutually agreeable.

Doctoral candidates are encouraged to actively engage in disciplinary, interdisciplinary as well as transferable skills trainings and to develop their scientific profile and network through participation in international conferences.


About the University of Luxembourg and the C²DH

Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is the only public university of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Multilingual, international and research-oriented, it is also a modern institution with a personal atmosphere. 1,420 academic staff (including 950 doctoral candidates) supporting 268 professors, assistant professors and lecturers in their teaching. The academic staff originates from 94 different countries, and the 6,783 students from 130 different countries.

The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) is the University of Luxembourg’s third interdisciplinary research centre, focusing on high-quality research, analysis and public dissemination in the field of contemporary Luxembourgish and European history. It promotes an interdisciplinary approach with a particular focus on new digital methods and tools for historical research and teaching.


How to apply?

Prepare your complete application including:

  1. a cover letter including your personal motivation for the PhD project;
  2. a CV (incl. links to publications and/or previous projects);
  3. a project description for your PhD project (max. 2 pages) that includes the research area, and objectives.

Please send your application to, whom you can also contact for questions.

The deadline for applications: 13 February 2023 at midnight CET (Luxembourg time) and candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by 22 February. The deadline for submitting the AFR grant applications is 8 March 2023. The applicants will be informed by July 2023 whether the application has been accepted for funding.