Are you seeking for a fully paid for scholarship? If yes, grab the opportunity offered in the Scholarships in Doctoral Degree Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The university is seeking a PhD candidate to work on the “Other side of algorithmic persuasion: undesired persuasive effects beyond privacy and how consumers can cope with them” research project, which is being headed by Drs. Joanna Strycharz, Hilde Voorveld, and Corine Meppelink. The initiative is part of the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences’ Amsterdam School of Communication Research. The purpose of this four-year PhD study is to examine the unexpected and perhaps detrimental effects of algorithmic persuasion on people and society.
The three research areas that will be the focus of the PhD project are: (1) mapping the unintended effects of algorithmic persuasion within the fields of communication science and advertising research; (2) identifying situational and individual factors that may increase consumers’ perceived vulnerability to these harms; and (3) developing effective strategies that will raise consumers’ awareness of these harms and, in turn, improve their ability to cope with algorithmic persuasion. The study effort will have a significant influence on society and science, hence it is crucial that any interested parties in academia and beyond are informed about the findings. It is anticipated that the PhD candidate will participate in these outreach initiatives as well.
Scholarships in Doctoral Degree Social Sciences Requirements
- a (Research) Master’s degree in Communication Science, Psychology or a related field (such as Marketing, Social Science or Digital Humanities), or will obtain this degree before the start of the project;
- a strong interest in and preferably knowledge of the topic of algorithmic persuasion (or e.g., personalization) and can ideally demonstrate this with demonstrable knowledge on this topic (e.g., study assignments, MSc. thesis)
- a firm basis in and ideally experience with research methods and data analysis, in particular: systematic literature reviews, qualitative interviews, experimentation, and open science principles;
- strongly committed to methodological rigor and scientific integrity;
- curious and eager to learn new skills and theoretical perspectives including interdisciplinary collaborations;
- excellent spoken and written command of English (as you will write an English-language dissertation and present at international conferences); being able to speak and write in Dutch is desirable but not essential;
- excellent social and organizational skills;
- eager to contribute to the scientific field;
- motivated to share your knowledge with academic and non-academic audiences;
- able to work in a team.
The closing date for the application is 12/01/2023.
To apply for the 2024 intake, visit here