Final permission for conducting field research is obtained once the following conditions have been met:
Admission to the MA programme CA-DS
Declaration of liability
Submission of budget
Approval of final research proposal
Proof of sufficient language proficiency (declaration by the supervisor)
Fieldwork may be conducted anywhere in the world, including The Netherlands, provided that the location is safe and not afflicted by armed conflict.
Fieldwork is arranged by students themselves. It is expected that the student will independently establish the necessary contacts with local authorities, acquire research permission and affiliation as well as accommodation in the country of research. Supervision during this preparatory period if provided by the thesis advisor in Leiden. Guidance in this preparation phase will be done by a supervisor in Leiden. It is expected that the student will be locally affiliated with an institute or person willing to take (partial) responsibility for the fieldwork conducted in the research area, and able to review the fieldwork period thereafter. Supervision of the processing and reporting on field data is the responsibility of the staff in Leiden.
Field research, especially abroad, can be a costly endeavor for the student. Total expenses, including the airplane ticket, visa and accommodation will approximately be € 3.000 – € 4.000, depending on the country where the fieldwork takes place. These expenses are not covered by the tuition fee for the MA programme.
To ease the financial pain a number of funds may be applied for:
Funds of the Institute CA-DS
If all requirements for fieldwork are met, the student may apply for a subsidy of 50% of their total costs up to a maximum of € 365,-. Students can apply for this subsidy at the Secretariate of the Institute CA-DS (room 3A19) once their Research Proposal is approved. They need to hand in a copy of the budget-related page of ther Research Proposal as well as their bank account number.
In some cases a student may ask the student counselor for supplementary subsidy. Information can be obtained at the following address: Kaiserstraat 25, Leiden, tel. 5278011.
At the the student centre Plexus you may take a look at the so-called “Book of Funds”. This book contains information on all funding organizations in the Netherlands. Relevant funds can also be found through the scholarship website of the International Office (in Dutch).
Most often the students of CA-DS acquire grants from the LUF and the LUSTRA but can also be sucessful in acquiring financial aid from smaller, private funds and trusts. Since most of the information about funds is available in Dutch language, foreign students might need assistance from their Dutch fellow-students when looking for relevant information.
The fieldwork is rated “pass” based on performance in the research setting.
April, May, June 2011
Fieldwork cordinator Dr. Jan Jansen: room 3A36 (Pieter de la Court building), tel. 071-527 3996, e-mail email@example.com