15 PhD Positions in European Studies

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15 PhD Positions in European Studies
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Job Description

The Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences of the Research Academy Leipzig invites applications from doctoral researchers in the structured PhD programme ´The New Europe´ at the University of Leipzig. The post-graduate programme focuses on the transnational entanglements of Eastern European history since the late 19th century and is directed towards candidates whose research focuses on cultural transfer processes in regional and supra-regional relations of Eastern and East-Central Europe, its potential for modernisation processes in terms of society and nation building, as well as the dynamic interrelation of national identity formations and transnational entanglements. In addition to the focus on Eastern and East-Central Europe, the programme relates to transitional areas of neighbouring regions such as Northeast Europe, West-Central Europe, the Black Sea region, and the Adriatic region. The programme proceeds from the assumption that spatial dimensions exist within processes of economic transformation and cultural identification as well as are present within social groupings and political structures. These spatial dimensions of social, cultural and political actions are linked to agents whose active shaping of space is given particular attention in these research areas and the overall programme. In addition to the creative agents, discourses and institutions are examined that help strengthen these territorial processes. The programme integrates numerous theoretical and methodological perspectives and includes many diverse fields of empirical research. As a rule, PhD students can be supervised by scholars from both universities: the University of Leipzig and the University of Wroclaw. An agreement on joint supervision (cotutelle agreement) can be established to formalise the collaboration. Students may spend at least two semesters of the programme at one of the two partner universities. Study units abroad may also include field study or data collection in other Eastern and East-Central European countries.
These Positions are not paid

Full Doctorate

Research Stay

Paid position?


36 months

Working Language
English, German

Language of the Doctoral Thesis
English, German

Requirements for Applicant

Subject Requirements (Qualification)
We welcome applications from researchers familiar with Eastern and East- Central European modern and contemporary history in particular, however, the programme is open for applicants who have graduated in geography, cultural studies, sociology, politics, economics, and literary studies. We ask for a very good command either of English or German as communication within the programme will be conducted in these two languages. If you wish to apply for the PhD programme you should fulfill the following requirements:
- A Master's degree or recognised equivalent from an accredited institution
- Outstanding academic performance

Type of Persons
PhD student

Compulsory Attachments

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diploma
  • Expos? of doctoral project
  • letter of application for the PhD study programme
  • CV including information on the proposed supervisors and the main research field
  • detailed timetable for the dissertation project reflecting the current state of the art
  • two letters of reference from qualified academics

University / Organisation advertising the position

University / Organisation
Universit?t Leipzig
04109 Leipzig

Faculty / Institute
Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences, Research Academy Leipzig

Supervisor of the Doctoral Thesis
Herr Prof. Dr. Stefan Troebst

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