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2 Ph.D. fellowships (social and political science) in the field of Caspian Studies

Conference venue: Ghent, Belgium
Period: starting from September 1, 2015
Application deadline: February 16, 2015



The Conflict Research Group of the Department of Conflict and Development Studies of Ghent University is looking for 2 Ph.D. researchers in the framework of the project Around the 'Caspian: a doctoral training for future experts in development and cooperation with focus on the Caspian region' (CASPIAN 2015-19). This is an Innovative Training Network that has received 3.8 million € 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 full partners of this project are Dublin City University, Ghent University (Universiteit Gent), Tallinn University of Technology (Tallinna Tehnikaülikool), Oxford Brookes University, University of Saint Andrews, the University of Coimbra (Universidade de Coimbra) and the Forschungsstelle Osteuropa Bremen.

A 36-month, full-time Ph.D. researcher position (subject to a positive mid-term evaluation); a salary in accordance with Marie Curie payment scales and a sufficient research and travel budget; start of assignment not later than 1 September 2015. The selected Ph.D. students will respectively work on the research projects, and complete a Ph.D. thesis, on:

These planned research projects focus on the societal impact and the effect on identities, social organization and the daily economies of rapid economic change in specific provinces and urban areas in the Caspian region, using mixed research methodologies.

The training component of the fellowships will have three main parts:

Eligible candidates should:

Nr of positions available : 2

Research Fields
- Political sciences - Public policy
- Sociology - Social changes
- Cultural studies

Career Stage: Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)
Research Profiles: First Stage Researcher (R1)


How to apply

Candidates should apply either by e-mail at (mention ‘CASPIAN application’ in heading/subject space), or by regular mail at Department of Conflict and Development Studies, Ghent University, attention of Prof. dr. Bruno De Cordier, Universiteitstraat 8, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium (mention ‘CASPIAN’ on the envelope), before Monday, 16 February 2015, 17:00 CET.

The application must be in English and the application package should contain the following items:

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview either in person at our department, or through Skype if the candidates are based more than 300 kilometers from Ghent. The submission deadline can be extend if no of too few suitable candidates apply. Given the expected high number of applications, we regret to be unable to provide individual feedback to non-selected candidates.

For more information on the type of research conducted at the Conflict Research Group, please visit ths website.

For more information on the Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Fellowship Programme, please visit this website.


Ghent University

Information & contacts

Department of Conflict and Development Studies-Conflict Research Group
Academic Universiteitsstraat 8
9000 - Ghent
phone: (+32 (0)9) 264.69.15
fax: (+32 (0)9) 264.69.97
e-mail: bruno.decordier@ugent.beht


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