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Policy Oriented Research Internship


Admission requirements

Final permission for conducting field research or internship is obtained once the following conditions have been met:

  • Formal admission and enrollment to the MSc programme CA-DS

  • Declaration of liability

  • Submission of budget

  • Approval of final research proposal

  • Proof of sufficient language proficiency (declaration by the supervisor)


The Sociology of Policy in Practice specialisation offers students the opportunity to work on an own personal three-month research project at an NGO, government agency, small or large-scale company, museum or knowledge institute, either in the Netherlands or abroad. ent agency, small or large-scale company, museum or knowledge institute, either in the Netherlands or abroad. A list of internships available to students is available on our website and is being pemanently updated.

The internships will be offered in combination with one of the three field-schools that are organized and directed by the Institute for CA-DS: Netherlands, Indonesia (Java), or Ghana.
Although the research practicalities are organized collectively, each student carries out their own individual research within these three general areas. Departmental staff oversee the preparation for research as well as the research 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.

Financial matters

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 strain various funds can be applied for:

  • Within some of the specific research projects funds are made available by our external partners.

  • The Leiden University scholarship web-page. Most often the students of CA-DS acquire grants from the LUF and the LUSTRA but can also be successful in acquiring financial aid from smaller, private funds and trusts. Since much 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 university's website for other practical matters regarding your travel abroad.

Assessment method

Throughout your research, you will write three Fieldwork/Internship reports.

  • Report 1: Operationalization in the field, to be submitted to your supervisor after 3 weeks in the field)

  • Report 2: Reflection on the fieldwork experience, to be submitted to your supervisor after 6 weeks in the field

  • Report 3 (final): Preliminary Analysis/Interpretation of the data.

The research is rated “pass” based on performance in the research setting.


January, February, March 2018.


MA Research coördinator Dr. Erik de Maaker (room 3A34, tel. 071-527 6612, e-mail )