Vrije Universiteit Brussel invites applications for the PhD Scholarship in Legal History and Construction History in Belgium for the 2022/23 academic session.

This PhD project in the dialogue between legal and construction history will investigate cases of liability of architects, contractors and construction workers. The main research questions relate to the assessment of practical knowledge in cases of liability and negligence. It also pertains to the differences between the actors involved (i.e. construction professionals versus legal practitioners).

Worth of Award

For this position, you’ll be offered a full-time PhD-scholarship, for 12 months. (Fortunately, it is extendable up to max. 48 months, on condition of the positive evaluation of the PhD activities).


As well as this, you’ll enjoy various benefits including:

  • Full reimbursement for your home-work commute with public transport according to VUB-policy, or compensation if you come by bike;
  • Cost-free hospitalization insurance;
  • The space to form your job content and continuously learn via VUB LRN;
  • Excellent facilities for sport and exercise;
  • Eco cheques;
  • Delicious meals at attractive prices in the campus restaurants;
  • An open, family-friendly work environment where attention is paid to work-life balance, and exceptional holiday arrangements with 35 days of leave (based on a full time contract).


The university is looking for candidates with expertise in historical research and affinity for legal and/or institutional history. Having an affinity for construction history and architecture history is a plus.

To be eligible, you will hold one of the following MA degrees (Master 120):

MA in

  • History
  • Architecture
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Law or equivalent.

Also, MA students graduating in the academical year 2021-2022 are welcomed.

Similarly, you need to demonstrate an affinity for legal and/or institutional history and:

  • fluent passive knowledge of both Dutch and French.
  • a B2 level in English
  • a passion for research in these domains, including archival research
  • good editing skills, to be demonstrated by a sample of writing: a copy of the MA thesis and/or a research paper
  • good competencies in teamwork and good social skills
  • an interest in participating in international congresses.

How to Apply

Click here to apply for the PhD Scholarship in Legal History

Deadline: July 4, 2022. 


Click here for more details and to apply