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12 PhD + 2 PostDoc scholarships: EU-ITN Post-Soviet Tensions. Deadline is 15/2/2013

12 PhD + 2 PostDoc scholarships: EU-ITN Post-Soviet Tensions
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) and 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 sectors. 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.
oeTensions 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 conferences.

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. Topics oeTensions 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 EUTMs 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 EUTMs Eastern
neighbourhood (PhD, Forschungstelle Osteuropa, University of Bremen)
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 oenew nations
3) State-citizen relationships and the construction of oenew nations
(PhD, University of Oslo)
4) Citizenship and Identity in post-Soviet spaces (PhD, Tallinn University)

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). 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@dcu.ie To apply:
PhD fellowships to John.Doyle@dcu.ie
Applications for the post-doctoral position contact John.Doyle@dcu.ie

University of Oslo Informal enquires to: karina.kleiva@ilos.uio.no or
pal.kolsto@ilos.uio.no To apply please use the university system:

University of St Andrews Informal enquires to: Sally N. Cummings
snc@st-and.ac.uk on Sub-Topic 2 and Rick Fawn rick.fawn@st-and.ac.uk 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@st-andrews.ac.uk

Forschungsstelle Osteuropa - Research Centre for East European Studies
at the University of Bremen Informal enquires to Dr Heiko Pleines
pleines@uni-bremen.de Application packages in electronic form only to Dr
Heiko Pleines pleines@uni-bremen.de

Tallinn University Informal enquires to:
marie.curie.management@gmail.com or Raivo Vetik raivo.vetik@tlu.ee
Applications to marie.curie.management@gmail.com (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@uw.edu.pl Application packages to:
p.marcinkowska@uw.edu.pl A hard copy should be also sent to: Dr Paula
Marcinkowska Instytut Stosunków MiTMdzynarodowych Wydzia Dziennikarstwa
i Nauk Politycznych Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, ul. ûurawia 4, IV
piTMtro 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 deadline:
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
http://ec.europa.eu/research/participan … ;efp7_SESS
1?callIdentifier=FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN#wlp_call_FP7 NB:

Please notice that we are still waiting for the countersigned contract.

DCU reserves the right not to offer any positions should anything
unexpected happen 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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