The Contested Histories team is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated trainee to support project management, research revision, fundraising, and administration on the Contested Histories project. Covid permitting, this is an in-person position at the EuroClio office in The Hague.. 

The IHJR’s project Contested Histories is a multi-year initiative intended to address controversies over statues, memorials, street names and other representations of disputed historical legacies in public spaces. The objective of the Contested Histories project is to provide decision-makers, policy planners, educators, and other stakeholders with a set of case studies, best practices, and guidelines for addressing historical contestations in an effective and responsible manner. The project also seeks to provide educators with learning materials and guidelines on teaching and learning about contested histories both in the classroom and in the public space. For more information on the Contested Histories project, click here.  

Trainee Responsibilities

In this role, you will work with the Contested Histories Project Manager, Research Coordinator, and a team of professional volunteers to ensure the timely and high-quality delivery of project outputs: 

Project Management & Fundraising

  • Support the director and research coordinator in all phases of case study and project development
  • Support fundraising activities and the writing of grant applications
  • Support the oversight of micro-interns and professional volunteers as necessary
  • Coordinate agendas and minutes for meetings
  • Support the development of the Academic Committee
  • Develop promotional materials

Case Study Research

  • Revise and edit existing case studies in preparation for publication
  • Condense long-from papers into case studies
  • Map potential external reviewers and coordinate review
  • Assist in preparing case studies as learning materials for educators


  • Support participation in mission-relevant panel discussions and events
  • Support the maintenance and tracking of research (including contracts)
  • Manage content for the website
  • Assist with social media postings, blog postings and other outreach

Global Mapping of Cases

  • Identify key players in the field (organisations, journalists, academics) and in related fields such as law, memory, or international relations
  • Monitor media and check Google alerts inbox for mission-relevant news & case updates
  • Support the development of our ArcGIS platform

Trainee Qualifications

The ideal candidate would…

  • Be enrolled in a Master’s or PhD programme in Europe with outstanding academic achievement, preferably in the area of history, heritage, memory studies,  education or related fields
  • Speak fluent English. Additional language skills a plus.
  • Have proven project management and academic research (writing and/or editing) skills in English.
  • Have some knowledge of WordPress and Canva. Knowledge of ArcGIS and data-cleaning is a plus.
  • Have a genuine interest in issues related to contested historical legacies.
  • Be a flexible and dedicated team player.
  • Be able to work and reside in The Netherlands.

Please apply by Monday, 15 August 2022 at 9:00 CEST to with a CV and Motivation Letter outlining your skills, experience, and interest. 

This is a role for a maximum of 9 working months, starting 3 October 2022 and ending 21 July 2023. However, if a suitable candidate is not found in time for this start date, the deadline will be extended and more candidates considered.