If you would like us to promote any upcoming PhD or Postgraduate student opportunities, please send an email to info@criticalheritagestudies.org or submit an online enquiry via our contact page. Please include in your email a brief summary of the opportunity and any additional links that outlines further information.

Internship at the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

Focus area: Culture, Creative Industries and Local Development

Application deadline: 15 June  2019
Type of contract: Internship
Languages required: English
Internship start date: 15 July 2019 or 1st September
Duration of initial contract: at least 3 months
Contribution to living expenses: 690 €/month for internships in Venice, Italy; 702 €/month for internships in Paris, France

Location:  OECD Headquarters in Paris, France, or OECD Venice Office, Italy
To applyapplication form [add link]


The OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

The OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities helps local and national governments unleash the potential of entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises, promote inclusive and sustainable regions and cities, boosts local job creation and implements sound tourism policies. www.oecd.org/CFE

The CFE work on Culture, Creative Industries and Local Development aims to provide evidence and guidance to cities and regions on ways to maximize the economic and social value of cultural heritage and support the emergence of the creative economy. We are a small team located in Paris, France and in Venice, Italy so interns have the opportunity to be actively involved in a wide-range of activities.

The selected candidate will:

  • Contribute to the policy research activities on culture, creative industries and local development, with a focus on: 

1. Increasing the job creation potential of Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs).

2. Adapting business support ecosystems to the needs of CCIs.

3. Cultural participation and culture driven urban regeneration.

4. Public and private investment in culture and creative industries.

  • The intern will be tasked with:

    • Undertaking literature reviews, drafting background and discussion documents, and policy notes, editing papers provided by external authors.

    • Supporting a team tasked with identifying relevant data sources, the collection of data and the creation of novel indicators to capture and analyse regional differences in CCI performance.

    • Supporting the organisation of the events including related substantive, organisational and logistical tasks.

  • The ideal candidate is a Ph.D. student with expertise in the field. Quantitative background would be considered as an advantage. Experience in working with enterprise micro data, labour force surveys, patent datasets, big (e.g. web-scrapped) data, migration flows data and input-output tables would be an asset.

We are looking for   

  • Bright, talented people, who have experience (through study, work, etc.) in the areas in which we work.

  • People who can commit to spending at least three months at the OECD offices in Paris or Venice.

  • Only people who are students (preferably Ph.D. and postgraduate) throughout the entire period of the internship can be considered.

  • Preference will be given to candidates knowledge of economics, cultural economics, economic geography or other related fields. Quantitative background (econometrics or data science) would be an asset.

Language and additional information

The language used for this internship is English. For the position at the OECD Venice Office knowledge of Italian will be considered as an advantage.

Interns at the OECD do not receive a salary. However, the OECD grants a contribution to living expenses of 690 euros in Venice (702 euros in Paris) per full month worked. The successful applicants are expected to make their own arrangements for travel and stay in Paris or Venice.

Please note that only in exceptional circumstances can applicants from non-OECD member countries be considered.

Application form

To apply, please fill in this online application form (it is also required to upload your CV in DOC, DOCX or PDF format).


The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 June 2019 at 23.59 CET.

It is anticipated that interns selected will commence in mid-July 2019 or 1st September.

PhD scholarship at UNSW Sydney: international cultural heritage law in times of insecurity

UNSW Sydney is currently recruiting up to two doctoral researchers for an interdisciplinary project on international cultural heritage law. Accepted candidates will receive a stipend of AUD 40K a year and AUD 10K a year in professional development. The scholarship also covers tuition fees, and lasts four years. 

More information at: https://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/scientia-phd-scholarships/international-cultural-heritage-law-times-insecurity

13 PhD positions in the EU Horizon 2020 Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Project: MSCA-ETN-POEM

The European Training Network “Participatory Memory Practices.  Concepts, strategies, and media infrastructures for envisioning  socially inclusive potential futures of European Societies through  culture” (POEM) invites applications for 13 PhD fellowships with  international focus to be funded by the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie ITN  Action as part of the H2020 Programme of the European Commission. POEM  is a consortium of high profile universities, acknowledged memory  institutions, civil society organizations, and SMEs located in Cyprus,  Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and the UK.

Short programme description
Diverging forces across European societies, most visible in both the  contemporary nationalist movements and Islamist radicalization, demand  a socially inclusive public memory. Its implementation calls for new  strategies, practices, and infrastructures for staging and empowering  membership and contribution of people from diverse social and cultural  backgrounds for past and future development in Europe. To reach this  goal, research needs to develop a comprehensive understanding on  concepts, practices, and media infrastructures that facilitate the partaking of people from various backgrounds in the heritage building  work of memory institutions (libraries, archives, and museums). The  Innovative Training Network “Participatory Memory Practices. Concepts,  strategies, and media infrastructures for envisioning socially  inclusive potential futures of European Societies through culture”  (POEM) will provide this comprehensive knowledge by studying in  practice theoretical approaches on how connectivities are built by 1)  institutions, 2) people and groups, and 3) media infrastructures for a  socially inclusive, participatory heritage work and what facilitates  or hinders collaboration. Therefore, a new generation of professionals  will be trained through an innovative training programme and  supervised by peer networks of transdisciplinary knowledge to act as  change agents, brokers, and problem solvers in this contested field of  heritage work. The comprehensive transdisciplinary composition of the  consortium involving universities, memory institutions, civil society  organisations, and SMEs from public and private sectors will therefore  provide the POEM fellows with transdisciplinary knowledge on cultural  and social analysis as well as on transferrable skills with respect to  the changing socio-technical, organisational, legal, economic, and  ethical issues to address future challenges for participatory memory  work.

Public memory, cultural heritage, social media, digital media,  ethnography of infrastructures, empowerment, social entrepreneurship,  open knowledge, participatory design, digital heritage, digital museology, co-creation

Number of fellowships available
13 PhD fellowships

Key dates
15.03.2018:       Deadline for online application for PhD fellowships
18.05.2018:       Recruitment event at the University of Hamburg, Germany*
01.10.2018:       Start date of PhD projects

Host for PhDs
University of Hamburg (Germany), Aarhus University (Denmark), Cyprus  University of Technology (Cyprus), University of Glasgow (UK), Uppsala  University (Sweden), Ashoka UK (UK), Museum Europäischer Kulturen in  Berlin (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Stiftung Preußischer  Kulturbesitz, Germany).

Career Stage
Early stage researcher, i.e., postgraduate with 0-4 years of academic  research experience at the date of recruitment

Research Fields
Critical Heritage Studies, Critical Data Studies Cultural  Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Design Anthropology, Digital Cultures,  Digital Anthropology, Digital Heritage, Digital Humanities, Digital  Museology,  European Ethnology, Human Computer Interaction,  Information Behaviour, Information Studies, Media Anthropology, Media  Studies, Memory Studies, Museology, Museum Studies, Participatory  Design, Science and Technology Studies, Social Anthropology, Software  Studies, Visitor Studies, Visual Anthropology, Visual Sociology.

The ETN-POEM is explicitly committed to the principle of equal  opportunities. Qualified women are especially encouraged to apply.  Severely disabled applicants will be preferentially considered in case  of equivalent qualifications. Please note that individual host  institutions may have their own additional application requirements.

For further information please refer to the project website:  http://www.poem.uni-hamburg.de/.

* Travel expenses will be covered for applicants from EU countries;  shortlisted candidates from overseas will be invited to join by videoconference.

Institute of European Ethnology / Cultural Anthropology
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1 (West Wing)
20146 Hamburg, Germany
M: poem.gwiss@uni-hamburg.de
W: http://www.poem.uni-hamburg.de/

2 x PhD Opportunities in Conservation - University of Gothenburg, Sweden

1) Ethics of maintenance and repair of buildings

Weblink 1: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/vacancies-details/?id=205
Weblink 2: http://www.gu.se/omuniversitetet/aktuellt/lediga-jobb/Lediga_anstallningar-detaljsida/?id=205

The point of departure for this project is the contemporary challenge of resource management. Maintenance, repair and preservation of the built environment are identified as key practices for sociomaterial sustainability. The doctoral thesis shall identify and explore caretaking measures directed towards any kind of built environment, as a matter of ethics. The research work is conducted within an interdisciplinary project group, and the doctoral student will develop her or his thesis in collaboration with the group.

The position is linked to the research project Maintenance Matters: Exploring Heritage Evaluation in Everyday Contexts, funded by the Swedish Research Council.

For further information about the research project, see http://conservation.gu.se/english/research/on-going-projects/maintenance-matters.-exploring-common-contexts-for-heritage--e-valuation or contact the project leader Ingrid Martins Holmbergingrid.holmberg@conservation.gu.se


2) Cultural heritage at the garden's markets

Weblink 1: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/vacancies-details/?id=206
Weblink 2: http://www.gu.se/omuniversitetet/aktuellt/lediga-jobb/Lediga_anstallningar-detaljsida/?id=206

The overarching purpose of this research project is to explore how cultural heritage today is produced and articulated in various formal and informal markets for garden-related products and services. According to the project grant, the doctoral student’s dissertation is to address these issues, with particular focus on how contemporary alternative garden movements (such as community gardens and guerilla gardening) are involved in and influence different kinds of markets, and how conceptions of cultural heritage, history, and authenticity come to the fore in these contexts.  

This doctoral student position is linked to the research project Roots en Route: Heritage politics on the garden market, which is funded by the Swedish Research Council. Work in the project is conducted within an interdisciplinary research group, and the doctoral student will develop her or his thesis in collaboration with the rest of the project group. For further information about the research project, go to http://conservation.gu.se/english/research/on-going-projects/roots-en-route--heritage-politics-on-the-garden-market- or contact the project leader Katarina Saltzmankatarina.saltzman@conservation.gu.se

American Folklore Society • China Folklore Society • Folklore Society of Japan 2017 Summer Institute on Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage -

Topic: Continuity and Change in Rural Folk Traditions

July 15-27, 2017 (travel days July 13-14 and 28), Hailar Urban District, Hulun Buir region, and Evenki Autonomous Banner, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China.

Pending final approval from the Inner Mongolia Provincial Ministry of Education, the American Folklore Society invites applications from US graduate students and recent PhDs for a summer 2017 folklore-studies institute in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China.

The Institute, made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and of a number of local sponsors in China, will focus on case studies of continuity and change in rural traditions (including rural traditions transported to new homes by migrants and refugees) in China, Japan, and the US, and will also provide an introduction to the history of folklore studies in each country. Students and faculty will divide their time among class presentations, field visits, and informal discussions.

Faculty: Three Chinese faculty, two Japanese, and three Americans will participate.

Students: The China Folklore Society and Folklore Society of Japan are selecting students from those two countries. AFS will accept three current US graduate students or recent MAs or PhDs (in the last two years) in folklore studies. US participants must already have valid passports with at least one year of remaining validity, and will need to obtain China visas (with AFS assistance).

Language: English will be the primary language for the Institute, and all students should be proficient English speakers and listeners.

Cost: Support from the Henry Luce Foundation and from various sources in China will cover students’ international and domestic travel, hotel, meal, visa, and local transportation costs. Other personal expenses will be the responsibility of each student.

To Apply: Send a letter outlining your relevant background and interests and describing why you want to take part in the Institute, and a current CV, to AFS Executive Director Dr. Timothy Lloyd at timlloyd@indiana.edu no later than May 14, 2017. Have questions? Use that same email address. We will announce acceptances at the end of May.

Summer School "Memory in the Digital age: Comparative Memory Studies” Bergen-Belsen Memorial, Germany

31 July – 6 August 2017

Deadline - 12 May 2017

The fourth Bergen-Belsen International Summer School, which will take place at the Bergen-Belsen Memorial from the 31st of July until the 6thof August 2017, will deal with memory and remembrance in a comparative perspective. We aim to gather international Master and PhD students from different disciplines, but with a particular interest in topics in Holocaust-, Genocide- and Memory Studies. The programme will consist of lectures, workshops, tours of the Memorial and an excursion to Hanover.The working language of the Bergen-Belsen International Summer School is English. The participants’ language skills must be sufficient to enable them to understand the preparatory texts, follow the lectures and tours and actively participate in the discussions.

Participants must be 18 or older. Accommodation will be in double rooms. The costs for the programme, accommodation and meals will be borne by the Bergen-Belsen Memorial. Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own arrival and departure as well as any necessary visas. The Memorial will not subsidise the travel costs. Registration is possible via the online application form until the 12th of May 2017.

You will find this form and additional information on our blog.

Contact Info: Tessa Bouwman

Contact: bbiss2017@gmail.com;