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2 PhD fellowships in the field of Caspian Studies (International Relations or Peace and Conflict Studies), Portugal

Deadline:

April 10, 2015

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Call for Applications

Maria Curie Early-Research Fellows (2 positions)

The Centre for Social Studies (CES) – Associate Laboratory – of the University of Coimbra, opens a call for applications for 2 PhD fellowships in the field of Caspian Studies (International Relations or Peace and Conflict Studies), according to the following terms:

In the frame of the project:

CASPIAN - Around the Caspian: a Doctoral Training for Future Experts in Development and Cooperation with Focus on the Caspian Region (Funded by the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission, with the Grant Agreement number 642709 — CASPIAN — H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014)

Description of the project:

The main goal of this project is to train the next generation of experts on the Caspian region in order to establish, and make sustainable, a network of excellence. This will be achieved through an integrated PhD programme on the Caspian that boosts the researchers’ theoretical, empirical and administrative skills, a thing that will make them extremely competitive for employment in both academic and non-academic sectors but also confident and knowledgeable enough to start their own projects. The training will enhance the research skills of the ESRs while also giving them a first-hand experience with a partner operating in a different environment, thus learning how to apply their skills to different fields and sectors. We expect our network and training to become a leading voice on issues related to the Caspian region both in academia and other sectors.

Description of the PhD and training programme

CASPIAN (2015-2019) is an Innovative Training Network that has received 3.8 Million Euro under a Marie Sklodowska Curie Scheme funded by the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission with the goal of training the next generation of experts on the Caspian region.

The training will have three main components:

Academic training: the students will have to undergo an extensive academic training, in the framework of the PhD Programme in International Politics and Conflict Resolution, offered by the Faculty of Economics, in collaboration with the Centre for Social Studies, of the University of Coimbra. Based at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra they will also attend regular network events and will have access to a network of excellent universities where to receive complementary training.

Private sector training: in the course of their fellowship, our fellows will have the chance to spend a period in one of our partners to get a work experience and learn how to use academic skills for non-academic sectors.

Worldwide vision on the Caspian region: fellows will be encouraged to spend a research period in one of our non-EU university to gain an alternative, and non-Eurocentric, vision on the Caspian region.

 

Profile of the candidates:

The Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra is recruiting two promising young researchers to participate in this four year project (2015-2019). We are looking for two candidates with a background in International Relations or Peace and Conflict Studies and with an interest in the Caspian region (Russia, Caucasus, Central Asia, Iran). The candidates are expected to enroll on the4-year Doctoral Programme "International Politics and Conflict Resolution”, offered by the Faculty of Economics, in collaboration with the Centre for Social Studies, of the University of Coimbra.

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