Research Humanities

Research at the Tilburg School of Humanities focuses on transformation processes taking place in contemporary society, related to communication and culture, and analyses the underlying moral and ethical questions.

PhD tracks for professionals

In a general sense, all professors and research programs of the Tilburg School of Humanities offer external professionals the opportunity to work on a PhD thesis. Researchers of the Tilburg School of Humanities can offer these professionals supervision in their PhD research in a range of different fields.

Some more specific PhD tracks:

Teachers: Research on language, communication or children's and young adult literature

Qualified teachers in elementary, secondary or higher education can do PhD research next to their jobs. It may even be possible to get a PhD grant for this. You can do research on the role of communication in education, on language teaching, or on children's and young adult literature. For more information or support in writing a research proposal, please contact Dr. Rian Aarts (language), Prof.dr. Emiel Krahmer (communication) or Prof.dr. Helma van Lierop (children's and young adult literature).

Getting a PhD in the Arts

Artists and other professionals in the cultural field can do PhD research characterized by its being an interplay between arts and sciences. For more information and support in writing a research proposal, please contact Prof.dr. Odile Heynders.

Reflective practitioners

A group of (endowed) professors supervise PhD students working at the junction of research and actual daily practice in the field of the culture of organizations and institutions and forms of leadership. For more information, please contact