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External Award: Teaching Europe Fellowship Programme

December 02, 2016

The Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS Sofia) and the New Europe College (NEC Bucharest) are inviting applications for“Teaching Europe” Fellowship programme. The programme targets well-qualified young and established scholars from the whole range of the humanities and the social sciences currently working at universities in Southeastern Europe.

The goal of fellowship programme is to lend the state-of-the-art theories and methodologies in the humanities and social sciences a pan-European and/or global dimension and to apply these findings in higher education.

Study Subject: There are no restrictions as regards the research topics of the Fellows. However, priority will be given to questions of particular relevance and to disciplines that would especially benefit from opening up to other fields of research, new methodologies or a wider geographical perspective, and from a trans-regional, distinctly European approach. (Examples of such themes would include: “How to teach history in the 21st century?” “Non-legal aspects of law enforcement”, “Critical perspectives on European governance”, “Contemporary forms of populism and authoritarianism”, etc.)

Scholarship Award: The awarded Fellows are offered support to pursue their research and create didactic units (teaching courses, an innovative curriculum, a textbook, documentaries, or other forms used in higher education and public communication) in the following framework:

  • A seven-month in-residence fellowship (750 Euro per month) to be spent within a period of three years (April 2017 – March 2020);
  • Accommodation in Sofia and Bucharest, respectively, during the seven fellowship months, comprising living quarters and working space. The Fellows will also have free access to the CAS and NEC’s libraries and electronic databases;
  • Travel allowance (up to 3 international travels ~ 1500 Euro);
  • Research expenses (100 Euro per month);
  • Fully covered participation in joint workshops (two per year).

Eligibility: The programme targets well-qualified young and established scholars from the whole range of the humanities and the social sciences currently working at universities in Southeastern Europe; they should hold a teaching position (or be otherwise active in science communication). A good command of English is required. Applicants should

  • Hold a PhD degree and have teaching experience of no less than 3 years;
  • Demonstrate excellent academic achievements relative to their career stage.

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2017

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The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications to its Postdoctoral and Ph.D. program. BIGSSS is an inter-university institute of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen and is funded by the German Excellence Initiative.
BIGSSS is part of an international network of highly acknowledged graduate programs. It supports its doctoral and postdoctoral fellows in achieving early scientific independence and provides funds for the conduct, presentation, and publishing of their research. The language of instruction is English. Fellows are expected to choose Bremen as their place of residence.

Up to three Postdoctoral Positions

BIGSSS offers up to three postdoctoral positions. The BIGSSS Postdoc Program provides Postdocs with the opportunity, resources, and support to

  • present their research at international conferences and build up international networks,
  • disseminate their research finding in scientific publication outlets
  • write grant proposals,
  • organize a conference or workshop,
  • teach and supervise,
  • participate in transferable skills training (e.g., didactics, media, career) and establish a mentoring relationship with senior faculty.

BIGSSS expects their Postdocs to

  • engage with the BIGSSS PhD-fellows (discussion, mentoring, supervision),
  • actively participate in BIGSSS courses (doctoral colloquium, lecture series) as well as academic and social events,
  • produce a significant scientific output (e.g. to publish a journal article or book, write a grant proposal, organize a conference or workshop).

Postdoctoral positions are paid in line with TV-L E13 and may be taken up for a period up to 24 months. We expect our candidates to conduct English-language research projects and to have full professional proficiency. Competition is open to candidates who have received a doctorate in political science, sociology, psychology, or related social science disciplines within the last three years. Applicants need to have graduated prior to commencing their postdoctoral stay and have to apply to one of BIGSSS’ three Thematic Fields:
A. Global Governance and Regional Integration
B. Welfare State, Inequality, and Quality of Life
C. Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts

Two Ph.D. Stipends/Fellowships

BIGSSS offers two fellow positions in its Ph.D. program. Successful applicants will pursue a topic in BIGSSS’ Thematic Field:
C. Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts
We seek candidates with innovative, interdisciplinary research topics who are interested in the interplay of individual attitudes, capabilities, and behavior with changing demographics, cultures, and institutions. BIGSSS seeks candidates with strong academic abilities and a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in psychology, sociology political science, or a related social science discipline. We offer Ph.D. stipends of € 1300/month for 36 months, contingent on successful completion of each year.


More information and lists of required application materials can be found at For additional inquiries, please check the online FAQ and feel free to contact our Admissions Officer at Postdoctoral positions and Ph.D. fellowships will start on September 1, 2017. Non-German students are strongly encouraged to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, BIGSSS particularly encourages applications from women and persons with disabilities.

Applications must be submitted online until January 31, 2017.

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