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PhD Application

All vacancies are filled.

On 1 October, 2019, the PhD projects will start. 

Benefits, salary and duration

The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers (i.e., postgraduate with 0-4 years of academic research experience at the date of recruitment). The exact (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on local tax regulations and on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if married). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months (i.e. EC funding. Additional funding is in some cases possible, depending on the local Supervisor).

General duties
  • conduct research and training as scheduled in a Personal Career Development Plan
  • complete secondments (max. 3) with project partners in Europe;
  • actively contribute to the activities of the HERILAND training network, including network-wide workshops, surveys and Living Labs, the HERILAND Handbook for Heritage Planning, a traveling exhibition and a final conference;
  • contribute to delivery, management and reporting of the HERILAND project, e.g. through the organisation of project workshops, participation in committee meetings, writing of progress reports etc;
  • write at least 2 peer-reviewed articles, as well as a PhD thesis. In most positions the writing of the PhD thesis is included in the 3-year Marie Curie ESR appointment. In some positions a fourth year is added; check the individual projects.
General requirements
  • a (R)MA, MSc or MPhil degree in a relevant discipline (e.g.; Heritage and Memory Studies, (Art-/Architectural) History, Archaeology, European Studies, Cultural Studies, Cultural/Social/Historical Geography, Governance Studies, Anthropology, Urban/Spatial Planning and Design, Participatory Design, (Landscape-) Architecture, Computer Science; check the specific projects);
  • excellent research skills and experience in research by means of scientific publications will be favoured (e.g. conference papers, journal articles, book chapters);
  • high level of proficiency in English language;
  • outstanding communication skills as well as organizational talent and willingness to engage in international, interdisciplinary collaborative research, workshops and secondments;
  • ability to work on own initiative and manage own workload, to keep to tight deadlines;
  • check the individual projects for specific requirements.


Diversity is a core value of HERILAND. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of research and training. We are looking for people who can enhance diversity in our team thanks to their background and experience.

EU Marie Curie eligibility criteria

Applicants can be of any nationality. They need to fully respect the following eligibility criteria (to be demonstrated in the Europass cv):

  • Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.
  • Conditions of international mobility of researchers: Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
Recruitment Procedure

All applications proceed via the local on-line channels of the HERILAND partners, accessible via the links provided below (see available PhD positions). You can apply for more than one position. Candidates provide all requested information including a detailed CV and cover letter. During the registration, applicants will need to prove that they are eligible (cf. ESR definition, mobility criteria, and English language proficiency).

The 15 available PhD positions; apply now

‘The Spatial Turn’

  1. Heritage-as-landscape and its socio-political drivers. Host: VUA (NL) (CLOSED)
  2. Heritage in economic growth and social renewal. Host: UGOT (SE) (CLOSED)
  3. Making trans-sectoral connections in governance, regulation and legislative frameworks. Host: UNEW (UK) (CLOSED)


  1. Innovative governance systems for future heritage planning. Host: VUA (NL) (CLOSED)
  2. Inclusive heritage management processes. Host: TUD (NL) (CLOSED)
  3. Urban heritage and mass tourism. Host: ROMA3 (IT) (CLOSED)

‘Digital transformations’

  1. Citizen Science and big data for collaborative, heritage-based planning of city development. Host: UNEW (UK) (CLOSED)
  2. Gamification methods for collaborative heritage planning. Host: VUA (NL) (CLOSED)
  3. Datascape methods for heritage planning professionals. Host: BEZAL (IL) (CLOSED)

‘Shifting demographies and contested identities’

  1. Adaptation of urban heritage in multicultural society. Host: BEZAL (IL) (CLOSED)
  2. Urban regeneration and cultural identity. Host: ROMA3 (IT) (CLOSED)
  3. ESR12 = Heritage zoning and population dynamics. Host: TUD (NL) (CLOSED)

‘Changing Environments’

  1. Heritage development in large scale infrastructural project – a collaborative and trans-disciplinary approach. Host: UGOT (SE) (CLOSED)
  2. Disappearing landscapes of Apulia – towards a participatory model of conservation of cultural landscape. Host: VUA (NL) (CLOSED)
  3. Heritage as lever of economic growth and social renewal in post-industrial landscapes. Host: UNEW (UK) (CLOSED)