Doctoral Research Grant in Comparative Literature (Univ. Libre de Bruxelles)

Job description and criteria

Workplace: Free University of Brussels (Solbosch campus)
Department: Languages ​​and Letters French and Romance Languages ​​and Letters
Research center: Philixte (philology, literature and textual studies)
Fields: French and comparative literature, literary history, translation studies, periodical press studies.
Expected start date: April 1, 2023
Indicative salary: €2320/month
Hours: Full-time, fixed-term contract (24 months, renewable once)
Type of contract: Doctoral fellowship related to a research project on translations in French-language fin-de-siècle periodicals.
Project director: Clément Dessy (FNRS-ULB)

Job Overview

The successful candidate funded by the ARC-Consolidating Fellowship under the supervision of project director Clément Dess (PHILIXTE, FNRS-ULB) “Traduire en revues. Translation in French Cultural Reviews (1880-1914)’ will explore the role fin-de-siècle artistic and literary magazines played in the ongoing debate between cosmopolitanism and nationalism in the late 19th century and how they became special places. for literary translation. The degree will be awarded by the Free University of Brussels (ULB).

Doctoral student:

1. He will conduct doctoral research on the place of foreign literature and translation in Belgian literary journals between 1880 and 1914.
2. Will collaborate with the project director in activities related to the research project, including a workshop for young researchers in Paris in 2024.
3. to contribute to the online database of translations to be created within the project.

This full-time position is offered for a fixed term of 24 months from 1 April 2023 (renewable once).

Terms and Conditions

The Faculty of Literature, Translation and Communication at the Université Libre de Bruxelles is looking for a full-time doctoral student in comparative literature and translation. The successful candidate will benefit from a tax-free doctoral fellowship contract equivalent to an employment contract. Depending on the nationality of the beneficiary, this scholarship agreement is subject to general provisions.[1] or partially[2] the Belgian social security system, which includes provisions for health insurance, maternity leave, hospitalization sickness benefit, disability insurance, national pension system, national unemployment system, occupational accident insurance, family benefits and occupational diseases. For all doctoral fellows subject to general or partial social security system, the scholarship holder can receive a family allowance for the children of his family.

The net monthly amount of the stipend should be approximately €2,320 per month for the first two years. The candidate will also benefit from an additional budget for research costs (2500 €/ for two years).

Located in the heart of Europe in Brussels, ULB is a comprehensive university with 12 faculties, schools or institutes covering all major research areas. Its Faculty of Literature, Translation and Communication consists of three departments (Languages ​​and Literatures, School of Translation and Interpreting ISTI – Cooremans and Information and Communication Sciences) and five research centers.

The successful candidate will be based in the Faculty of Literature, Translation and Communication (in a shared office, with full administrative and technical support) and join the PHILIXTE research center on the Solbosch campus. They will benefit from a stimulating scientific environment (international exposure through scientific events, research seminars, networking activities at national and international level, special training sessions, etc.).

Selection criteria

– Master’s degree in languages ​​and letters, comparative literature or related disciplines required;
– Fluency in French or English is required;
– Organizational skills;
– A prior and demonstrable interest in fin-de-siècle and/or Belgian literature would be an advantage;
– Skills in digital humanities will be an advantage.


– This call is open to candidates of any age and nationality.
– We encourage applications from people who are neuro-diverse, disabled or from ethnic groups under-represented in academia.
– Candidates must have a master’s degree or equivalent diploma of at least 2 years. This latter maximum period is extended by an additional year upon birth and/or adoption.

How to apply

Applications must be written in French or English and submitted in a single PDF file to by 17:00 Brussels time on 28 February 2023 (UTC + 2).

The application file must contain the following elements:

– cover letter explaining your interest in the position;
– Full CV (with list of publications);
– names and email addresses of two references;
– a sample of written work, published or unpublished, of no more than 7,500 words (e.g. a part of a master’s thesis or an article).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in online interviews after 1 March 2023. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by mid-March 2023.

The successful candidate will have 5 working days to accept the scholarship. Please note that by accepting the grant, the successful candidate agrees to apply for the research grant (ASP – Postgraduate) of the Foundation for Scientific Research – FNRS (FRS – FNRS) in February 2024. If this application is accepted, they will then continue their doctorate under the auspices of the FNRS with unchanged financial and institutional conditions.

[1] EEA and Swiss countries or countries linked to Belgium by bilateral social security agreement (Algeria, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Croatia, USA, India, Israel, Japan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Morocco, Philippines , Republic of Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey and Uruguay).
[2] Any of the countries not listed above or not part of the EEA.

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