University of Liège PhD and Postdoctoral Scholarships
One PhD scholarship and one Postdoctoral scholarship on social protection policies and transnational migration
Université de Liège (Belgium), Faculty of Social Sciences (FaSS), Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM)
Applications are invited for scholarships to work at doctoral and post-doctoral level as part of the Migration, Transnationalism and Social Protection in (post-)crisis Europe project (MiTSoPro).
Application deadline: 7 October 2016.
Start date: November 2016
• One doctoral position: full-time, fixed-term position available for 4 years
• One post-doctoral position: full-time, fixed-term position available for 3 years
About the MiTSoPro ERC Starting grant project
The scholarships are attached to the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for the project, Migration, Transnationalism and Social Protection in (post-)crisis Europe (MiTSoPro) led by Dr Jean-Michel Lafleur. MiTSiPro articulates social policy and migration studies’ approaches to ‘transnational social protection’ defined as migrants’ cross-border strategies to cope with social risks in areas such as health or unemployment that combine entitlements to host and home state-based public welfare policies and market-, family- and communitybased practices. This study combines large-N analysis of social protection policies and programs that home countries make accessible to their citizens abroad (EU-28 + 12 non-EU countries) with multisited ethnographic fieldwork to qualitatively assess the informal social protection strategies used by migrants and examine their interaction with formal host and home state social protection provisions.
• MA in the Social Sciences or the Political Science fields (specialty in social policy is an asset)
• Language skills: English (French and other languages are an asset)
• Ability and interest to work in a team
What we offer
• Attractive scholarship
• Resources to conduct fieldwork and participate in conferences and summer schools
• Opportunities to train and develop new skills
• A stimulating and international research environment located a train ride away from Brussels, Paris, London, Cologne and Maastricht
• Possibility to design a joint PhD programme with another European university
How to apply?
The selection process occurs in 2 steps.
First, applications must be submitted electronically in English to Jean-Michel Lafleur (JM.Lafleur@ulg.ac.be ) by 7 October 2016 with the message subject, ‘MiTSoPro_PhD’. The following documents must be attached to the e-mail in two separate PDF files: 1) In the first file, named ‘Motivation_applicant’s last name’:
• A motivation letter (maximum 800 words);
• A CV with detailed information on degree results and language skills;
• The names and contact details of two reference persons
2) In the second file, named ‘Sample_applicant’s last name’:
• one writing sample (e.g. essay or MA thesis chapter) in English or French demonstrating the applicant’s relevant analytical capacities and methodological rigor (single-spaced, maximum 10,000 words)
Second, short listed candidates will be interviewed in person at ULg or remotely via Skype in November 2016. The interview will be based on their scientific track-record and a short research proposal that they will be asked to submit by 27 October 2016 (single-spaced, maximum 3,000 words). The proposal should consist of a PhD dissertation proposal connected to the sub-project on social protection policies for citizens abroad. It should include information on methodological strategies, possible theoretical developments, and relevant literature and data sources.
Final results will be notified before 15 November 2016. The successful nominee would be expected to start immediately.
For more information, please contact the Principal Investigator Jean-Michel Lafleur: Email: JM.Lafleur @ulg.ac.be ; www.cedem.ulg.ac.be