Final permission for conducting field research is obtained once the following conditions have been met:
Formal admission and enrollment to MA programme CA-DS
Declaration of liability
Submission of budget
Approval of final research proposal
If opting for the individual fieldwork, proof of sufficient language proficiency
Two types of field research
The students can opt for one of the two kinds of field research:
Three different field schools are organized and directed by the Institute for CA-DS: Indonesia (Java), Ghana, and the Netherlands.
Although the fieldwork practicalities are organized collectively, each student carries out their own individual research within these three general areas. Departmental staff oversee the preparation for fieldwork as well as the fieldwork itself, by visiting the student in situ. The Institute also arranges contact with the appropriate local authorities, arranges research permission and affiliation, and, in most cases, the accommodation of students in the research area. Subsequently, institute’s staff supervise the processing and reporting on field data.
2) Individual fieldwork
If approved by the institute, the individual field research may be conducted anywhere in the world provided that the location is safe and not afflicted by armed conflict.
This type of 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. It is expected that the student will be locally affiliated with an institute or a person willing to take (partial) responsibility for the fieldwork conducted, because the Leiden supervisor will not visit the student in the field. Nevertheless, the students remains under the supervision of his/her Leiden based supervisor the entire time. Supervision of the processing and reporting on field data is the responsibility of the staff in Leiden.
MA field research can be a costly endeavour for the student, as it will usually involve travel and the costs of additional accommodation. 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
Students can apply for a research-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.
- Students who do MA fieldwork outside Europe (including the field schools in Indonesia and Ghana) will receive a 365,- euro research grant from our Institute after submitting all necessary forms at the secretariat.
- Students who do take part in the Fieldschool in the Netherlands will receive a total of 365,- euro research grant from our Institute after submitting written evidence (invoices, tickets etc.) of the research costs.
- Those who conduct individual fieldwork in the Netherlands and Europe may be reimbursed 50% of their research costs (with a maximum reimbursement of 365,-euro), but only after having submitted at the secretariat written evidence (invoices, tickets etc.) of the research costs.
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: in Dutch or in English (these websites are not identical!). 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, or address the resources from their country of origin.
Sub-letting your room in Leiden can also be a good source of income.
Also check the Dutch study grant provider DUO for additional information.
The fieldwork is rated “pass” based on performance in the research setting.
January, February, March 2015.
Fieldwork coördinator Dr. Erik de Maaker (room 3A34, tel. 071-527 6612, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org )