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CfA: PhD Scholarships Post-Soviet Affairs, EU 15.3.13

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  • Andreas Umland
    In the frame of the project Post-Soviet Tensions: A PhD and post-doctoral Training Programme in Post-Soviet Affairs for Early Career Researchers Funded by a
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 6, 2013
      In the frame of the project

      Post-Soviet Tensions: A PhD and post-doctoral Training Programme in
      Post-Soviet Affairs for Early Career Researchers

      Funded by a FP7/Marie Curie ITN action and coordinated by Dublin City
      University, School of Law and Government

      We offer

      12 PhD scholarships (deadline 15/3/2013, starting date 1/9/2013)


      1 Post-doctoral fellowship (deadline 15/2/2013, starting date
      1/5/2013 or soon after). A second post-doctoral position will be open
      in 2015

      Tensions: short description

      The main aim of this project is to create the next generation of
      experts on post-Soviet affairs and make them competitive for
      employment in both the public and private sector.

      This will be made possible thanks to a highly-targeted training in
      this research programme that will enhance participants' research
      skills, together with a first-hand experience with a partner
      operating in a market environment, where the researchers will learn
      about the applicability of their skills to different fields and

      The above activities will also assist the establishment, and
      sustainability, of an interdisciplinary and intersectorial research
      and training environment on post-Soviet affairs that we expect to
      become a leading voice on issues related to post-Soviet affairs, both
      in academia and the private sector.

      This ITN will provide a world class PhD training programme focused on
      tensions in the post-Soviet regions. "Tensions" is defined to include
      open conflict and also latent social, ethno-national, ethnic or inter-
      state tensions that could but have not as yet manifested violence.
      The project will support the development of a team of 12 PhD students
      (Early Stage Researchers) and two post-doctoral fellows (Experienced
      Researchers >4<5 years of research experience). Those taking part
      will obtain or deepen a regional specialisation, will be provided
      with a rigorous methodological training and three years experience of
      working in an international and intercultural environment.
      Participants will spend periods working in the region, in partner
      universities and will be sent as interns to private partners (list of
      partners is annexed), and will take part in nine workshops and

      The Programme is offering 12 pre-doctoral (36 months) and 2 post-
      doctoral (24 months) fellowship. The package includes a very
      attractive salary (in line with Marie Curie remuneration rules) and
      an allowance to cover expenses for field work, network events and
      conference attendance. The 12 PhDs will begin on 1 September 2013,
      for 3 years.  The post-doctoral fellowships will begin on 1 May 2013
      and 1 May 2015, each for 2 years duration.

      Applicants are advised to check their eligibility under Marie Curie
      rules (URL at the end of this document), read the research topic
      below and apply directly to the university working on the topic they
      are interested in. There is some degree of freedom in proposing a
      topic and you will be free to develop it academically, but the
      proposals do need to be related to one of the topics mentioned below.
      It might be worth to discuss a possible proposal with your potential
      institution before formally applying.

      The application package consists of a short CV, a cover letter, a
      research project (max 5 pages) and the name and contact details of
      three references who can comment on the applicant's professional
      competences and/or academic capacity. Applications received by the
      15th of March 2013 (15th February 2013 for the post-doctoral) will be
      given full consideration.


      "Tensions" is a term to be understood in a broad sense in the post-
      Soviet context, where tensions may be latent, dormant, managed and
      contained, or erupting. They may also be political, social, domestic
      and international. We will examine tensions in different contexts,
      regions, segments of the society and between different actors.
      Tensions between the state and the citizens, ethnic groups and
      states, states and non state actors, and between different ethnic,
      social or economic groups.

      The 14 individual projects that are the core of our project have been
      clustered into three main areas:

      Sub-topic 1: Inter-regional tensions

      Geopolitical tensions

      1) Energy issues in the Caspian region with a focus on cooperation
      within the CIS and geopolitical struggles between major foreign
      powers (PhD, Forschungstelle Osteuropa, University of Bremen)

      2) Foreign Policy and international recognition of the
      unrecognised/partially recognised states in former USSR (PhD, Dublin
      City University)

      The European Union

      3) The EU´s contribution/response to tensions in the former USSR
      (PhD, University of Warsaw)

      4) Energy relations between Russia, transit countries and the EU
      within the broader context of international relations in the EU´s
      Eastern neighbourhood (PhD, Forschungstelle Osteuropa, University of

      Security tensions

      5) Tensions arising from the developing international and regional
      security situation or architecture (1 Post Doctoral Fellow ER <5,
      Dublin City University

      Sub-topic 2: National and regional tensions, nation building and statehood

      Challenges to the political arena and symbolic order of the state

      1) The contested nature of the state and statehood in Central Asia
      (PhD University of St Andrews, Scotland)

      2) Party competitions, political tensions and their influence on
      democratic transitions in the CIS (PhD, University of Warsaw)

      State-citizen relationships and the construction of "new nations"

      3) State-citizen relationships and the construction of "new nations"
      (PhD, University of Oslo)

      4) Citizenship and Identity in post-Soviet spaces (PhD, Tallinn

      Sub-topic 3: Domestic tensions

      Tensions between the included and excluded from political processes

      1) Identity, conflict and cultural aspects of comparative political
      change (PhD University of St Andrews, Scotland)

      2) Legislatures and gender in the former Soviet Space (PhD, Dublin
      City University)

      Tensions between the nation and the state

      3) Strategies of symbolic nation-building in post-Soviet states (PhD,
      University of Oslo)

      4) Socio-economic tensions between ethnic groups resulting from post-
      independence nation building (PhD, Tallinn University)

      Social tensions

      5) Gendered aspects of political transition in the former Soviet
      Space (1 Post Doctoral Fellow ER <5, Dublin City University

      Doctoral Students will register in the university hosting the project
      they apply for and will be governed by the regulations, including
      language requirements, of that university (in principle, the doctoral
      thesis can be submitted in English in all our partner universities
      but course work language has to be negotiated with the university). 
      They will undertake course work within their host university,
      typically during their first year. In addition all the PhD students
      will meet at workshops, summer and winter schools and conferences two
      to three times per year, where more specialised and collective
      graduate training will be undertaken. All students will be required
      to undertake fieldwork in the region, for which some funding will be
      available on application. In addition doctoral students, will spend
      time in one of the private sector partners (to specialise in one of
      the following: consulting for the public and private sector,
      information and publishing, social research for private companies).
      They will be ex

      The Post-Doctoral fellows, will also take part in all network events
      during their period of contract and will have access to mentoring and
      hosting opportunities in the other partners. Both Doctoral Students
      and the post-doctoral fellows will have excellent professional
      development supports, career advice, networking opportunities and
      financial supports to disseminate their research and attend high
      level academic conferences.  As the network is strongly committed to
      the dissemination of its collective research outputs beyond the
      academy, all participants will also be expected to be involved in
      some outreach activities, and will be required to write shorter
      policy and public focused articles on their research for the network
      website and other appropriate outlets.

      Contact details (apply directly to the university you are interested
      in. Please notice that different universities have different
      recruitment procedures so follow the instructions below):

      Dublin City University

      Informal enquires to John.Doyle@... 

      To apply:

      PhD fellowships to John.Doyle@...   

      Applications for the post-doctoral position contact John.Doyle@...  

      University of Oslo

      Informal enquires to: karina.kleiva@... or pal.kolsto@...

      To apply please use the university system: http://uio.easycruit.com/?iso=gb    

      University of St Andrews

      Informal enquires to: Sally N. Cummings snc@... on Sub-Topic
      2 and Rick Fawn rick.fawn@... on Sub-Topic 3

      Application packages to: Mary Kettle, School of International
      Relations, University of St Andrews, The Scores, The Arts Building,
      St Andrews, United Kingdom KY16 9AX, email irpg@...  

      Forschungsstelle Osteuropa - Research Centre for East European
      Studies at the University of Bremen

      Informal enquires to Dr Heiko Pleines pleines@...  

      Application packages in electronic form only to Dr Heiko Pleines pleines@...  

      Tallinn University

      Informal enquires to: marie.curie.management@... or Raivo Vetik

      Applications to marie.curie.management@...  (NB shortlisted
      applicants will be requested to apply for a PhD position via
      Dreamapply )

      University of Warsaw

      Informal enquires to: Dr Paula Marcinkowska p.marcinkowska@...

      Application packages to: p.marcinkowska@...

      A hard copy should be also sent to:
      Dr Paula Marcinkowska
      Instytut Stosunków Miedzynarodowych
      Wydzial Dziennikarstwa i Nauk Politycznych
      Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, ul. Zurawia 4, IV pietro
      00-503 Warszawa, Poland

      NB mobility and seniority rules apply to all fellowships

      An applicant who has been carrying out their main activity in a
      country for more than 12 months, in the 36 months before their
      starting date cannot apply for a fellowship in that country

      Pre-doctoral fellowships may be awarded to applicants who at the

      1) have no more than four years of (full-time equivalent) research
      experience after having received their Master's degree

      2) are not in possession of a doctoral degree

      The post-doctoral fellowship can be awarded only to a fellow who
      EITHER has:

      1) completed her/his PhD and have less than 12 months of post-
      doctoral experience at the deadline of this call

      2)been working between four and five years (full-time equivalent) as

      For more information, please consult the Marie Curie guide for
      applicants from the latest Marie Curie ITN call


      Annex I: List of partners

      Full partners:

      Dublin City University (Coordinator)

      University of Oslo, Department of Literature, Area Studies and
      European Languages

      University of St Andrews, School of International Relations

      Forschungsstelle Osteuropa - Research Centre for East European
      Studies at the University of Bremen

      Tallinn University, Institute of Governance and Political Science

      University of Warsaw, Institute of International Relations

      Associate partners:

      Caucasus InterConnect (the Netherlands)

      GeoWel Research (Georgia)

      Ibidem Verlag (Germany)

      Levada Centre (Russia)

      SIAR Research (Kyrgyzstan)

      Transitions Online (the Czech Republic)
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