There is currently one vacancy at the Ruusbroec Insitute.

  • Latest update: 8 July 2017

Doctoral grant (BOF) area of the history of mysticism (apply before 15 August 2017)

  • Attention: please visit the University of Antwerp Vacancies-page when you want to apply.

The Faculty of Arts  is seeking  to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Ruusbroec Institute for a

Doctoral Grant by the University Research Fund (BOF) in the area of  the history of mysticism

The Ruusbroec Institute is an interdisciplinary research centre for the academic study of the history of spirituality in the Low Countries.

Title of the PhD-project: Mystical Heritage  and Modern Identities. Reception and Appropriation of the Medieval ‘Flemish’ Mystic Hadewijch in Interwar Belgium.

An abstract with more information about the project is available in pdf.

Job description

  • You prepare a doctoral thesis at the interface of ‘history of mysticism’, ‘Dutch literary history’ and ‘modern cultural history’.
  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project of the assignment.
  • You contribute to teaching and research in the Ruusbroec Institute.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree  in Literature (preferably Dutch Literature) or History (preferably cultural history).
  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • Students in the final year of their degree can also apply.
  • Foreign candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • You are fluent in Dutch and English and you have a good passive knowledge of French. Proven affinity with the history of mysticism and the literary and cultural history of modern Belgium is an advantage.

We offer

  • a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further two-year period after positive evaluation;
  • the start date of scholarship will be 1 October, 1 November or 1 December 2017 or 1 January 2018;
  • a gross monthly grant ranging from € 2.280,27 - € 2.419,84;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online until the closing date 15 August 2017 and should include a copy of your CV and a cover letter.
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications.
  • The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.
  • The interviews of the candidates, preselected by a selection panel, will take place from 21 August until 15 September 2017.
  • More information about the application form can be obtained from
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Veerle Fraeters, 03 265 57 82,

Closed vacancies

In recent years the Ruusbroec Institute had the following vacancies: