Offre d’emploi – Fully funded doctoral fellowship within the PARDONS-research project

Last modification : Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The doctoral fellow will become a member of the PARDONS-research team. This team carries out the project ‘Topographies of Pardon Tales: Contextual Mapping of Pardon Letters in the Southern Low Countries, 15th-17th centuries’, which is funded by BELSPO within the framework of the BRAIN-be 2.0 programme. Apart from Leuven historians, the other team members are scientists from the Belgian State Archives and from UCLouvain. The project consists of several work packages. The doctoral fellow will concentrate on the theme ‘Narratives of untold stories’. Within the Leuven Faculty of Arts the doctoral fellow will join the Early Modern History Research Group. The members of this group study early modern societies in the Low Countries and neighbouring territories in comparative perspective within the context of the global Habsburg Empire. Website unit


During the Ancien Régime sovereign rulers could remit punishments for serious crimes by granting pardon letters upon request to convicted criminals. However, the royal chancery only issued such pardon letters after (the relatives of) the victims had been heard and the perpetrators had paid serious compensations. The PARDONS-team aims to make accessible and to analyse several collections of such pardon letters that are kept in various branches of the Belgian State Archives. 

The work package ‘Narratives of untold stories’ aims for a discourse analysis of a corpus of Brabantine pardon letters written in French and in Dutch and issued between the fifteenth and the seventeenth centuries. The texts of these pardon letters repeated the discourses uttered by the victims and their relatives, the perpetrators and the royal officers during the judicial procedures that had led to a conviction. An anlysis of these texts thus reveals the judicial, rethorical and emotional strategies of the parties involved. In this way, it conributes to a better understanding of the social and political relations in the studied societies of the past. The fellow will present the results of the analysis at national and international conferences and in scientific articles. Moreover, the fellow will submit a doctoral dissertation. Together with the other partners in the project, the fellow will also organise a workshop and an international conference. Finally, the fellow will spend a small amount of his/her time on the teaching activities of the history department. 


  • You love to study the past
  • You have obtained a MA-degree in history or in another field with a strong historical dimension. Excellent students who expect to obtain their degree in the current academic year are also encouraged to apply.  
  • You have a strong interest in social, political and institutional history of the early modern period
  • You are fluent in oral and written Dutch and English and you have an active and passive knowledge of French
  • You can work independently 
  • You are committed to scientific integrity, you are a team player and you are prepared to participate actively in the PARDONS-team
  • Previously, you have not yet been employed as a doctoral fellow

More information on the other vacancies in the PARDONS-project can be found on the following websites:

For the State Archives: For UCLouvain:

Interviews for all vacancies in the PARDONS-project will be organised in the afternoon of 7 May.


  • At first, we offer a doctoral fellowship for a period of one year. In case of a positive evaluation, the fellowship is renewable for a maximum total duration of four years
  • The fellowship will start on 1 July 2021 or as soon as possible afterwards
  • Your monthly grant will be calculated according to the regulations for junior academic staff 
  • You work at KU Leuven in a dynamic and stimulating environment


For more information please contact Prof. Hans Cools, tel.: +32 16 32 49 85, mail: or Prof. Violet Soen, tel.: +32 16 32 49 88, mail: You can apply for this job no later than April 27, 2021 via the online application tool KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at

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