PhD Vacancies: Historical household finance at the Department of History of Antwerp University

The Department of History of Antwerp University is recruiting three PhD candidates in historical household finance. The PhD candidates will become part of the research project ‘The Social History of Finance’, funded with an FWO Odysseus grant. The project project explores why in Western economies banks only began to reach deep into society during the 1960s and 1970s. The half century that passed between their creation in the late 19th and early 20th century and the widespread use of their services by households suggests that, for a very long time, many households managed their finances differently. But which services did they use, and when, how and why did the providers of those alternatives make way for banks? What drove this fundamental change in household finance and why did it not come earlier? Current research on financial development has no answers to these questions.

Your Profile. You hold a Master degree in Economics, Finance, Economic History, or another field relevant to the topic (or you will have obtained one by the time you start work). You have excellent study results and analytical skills.

We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, which can be renewed for another two years following a positive evaluation. The planned start date is 1 October 2021, or as soon as possible after that date.

You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 19 August 2021 (by midnight Brussels time).

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If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact the project leader, prof. dr. Oscar Gelderblom or the research manager of the Department of History, dr. Kim Overlaet.