Benvenuti sul sito dello Standing Group sull’Unione Europea della SISP, la Società Italiana di Scienza Politica.
The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) has launched a vacancy for the position of (senior) lecturer in European Studies (Political Science). The deadline for applications is 8 May 2014.
The successful candidate will be required to teach three postgraduate courses at the VUB and carry out research that is in line with the IES research strategy, with a focus on the EU in an international context. Two of the courses to be taught will be part of the IES’ Advanced Master in European Integration and Development. The candidate will also be involved in the management of this MA programme.
The planned starting date for the post is 1 October 2014. Complete information about the vacancy and a direct link to the online application form are available online. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the Institute’s home page. Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür is available for further inquiries.
The Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan is pleased to announce that a call for applications is now open for the Research Strategies in Policy Studies (ReSPoS) Summer School on «Detecting Causality». The Summer School will take place at Villa Durazzo, Santa Margherita Ligure (Genoa), on June 16-20, 2014.
The ReSPoS School is a project of the NASP-West (Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Sciences in North West-Italy) and is supported by Compagnia di San Paolo and the Cariplo Foundation.
All information and the application procedure details are available online at the event’s webpage, alongside the confirmed programme of the Summer School and the official leaflet, available for dissemination. Further inquiries can be directed at this address.
The 2014 edition of the Summer School on «Parliamentary Democracy in Europe», to be held at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome on July 14-25, 2014, has just been launched. The programme of the event is already available to consult.
This year’s Summer School on the ‘Europeanisation of national parliaments’ will consist of a first week (July 14-18), on National parliaments in a Europeanised institutional system, more political science oriented, and of a second week (July 21-25) dealing with The Europeanisation of rules and functions of national parliaments, more legally oriented.
Prospective students, PhD students and young researchers, as well as civil servants and people working for NGOs, can apply either for the two weeks or the one week course. Details about the Summer School can be found on-line at this link. Inquiries can be addressed to the academic coordinators of the school: Mattia Guidi, about the first week of the programme, and Cristina Fasone, about the second week.
We would really appreciate if you could spread the news about the Summer School to those potentially interested in applying. The application form is available on-line. The deadline for applications is the May 10, 2014.
The call for panels for the XXVIII National Conference of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP) is now open. The Conference will take place in Perugia, on September 11-13, 2014. The call welcomes panels to be distributed across the Conference’s sections, that can be browsed at this link.
The call will be open until March 20, 2014. The event’s website will collect all information and updates as soon as they become available, as well as all important dates and deadlines. The website provides already a list of accommodations and their concerted fares, which will remain available to SISP members until May 30, 2014. As the opening of the call for panels marks the official start of the annual SISP Conference, the Association wishes all the best to the organizers and future participants in the event.
The University of Potsdam, DFG Research Training Group on “Wicked Problems, Contested Administrations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy” (WIPCAD) calls for applications for:
- 4 Doctoral Fellowships funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and;
- 2 Doctoral Fellowships funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Potsdam calls for applications for its DFG Research Training Group on “Wicked Problems, Contested Administrations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy” (WIPCAD). The Research Training Group studies the interrelationships between “wicked” policy problems and the development of administrative organizations, including inter-organizational settings. The deadline for applications is March 25, 2014.
The WIPCAD research program is based on systematic interdisciplinary cooperation between political and administrative sciences, sociology and public management. It is underpinned by a qualification and gender equality concept that encourages junior scholars from both Germany and abroad to engage with neighboring disciplines; to conduct theory-based research; to acquire the necessary research skills; to gain international experience; and to prepare them for future careers in academia and in the public sector.
Scholarship recipients will participate in seminars and develop their own dissertation and research agenda within the scope of the qualification program. The language of instruction is English. Proficiency in English is required.
Applicants must hold a Diploma or a Master’s degree in political and administrative sciences, sociology or public management. In exceptional cases, graduates with degrees from closely related fields may be considered. Key selection criteria are the quality of the PhD proposal, how well it fits in with the overall thematic agenda of the Research Training Group, its innovative potential and its likely contribution to the existing state of knowledge in public administration.
DFG Fellowships are open to all nationalities, while DAAD Fellowships are reserved for non-German applicants. Their nomination process will include a review by the DAAD Selection Board. Non-German applicants will automatically be considered for both DFG and DAAD funded fellowships.
DFG funded doctoral fellows will receive a monthly scholarship of €1,365 plus €103 grants for up to 36 months, contingent on the successful completion of each year. DAAD funded doctoral fellows will receive a monthly scholarship of €1,000 and additional health insurance contributions for up to 36 months, contingent on the successful completion of each year.
International students are strongly encouraged to apply. The Faculty strives to increase the proportion of women in the university and hence strongly encourages women to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are equally qualified will be favored. Applicants funded from other sources are welcome. All doctoral fellowships will start on October 1, 2014.
Applications should be submitted via e-mail by March 25, 2014. For more information on specific admission requirements, please consult the institution’s website. For any further inquiries, applicants can refer to this e-mail address.
The School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) at the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) offers a number of generous studentships for students commencing their doctoral studies in September 2014. The deadline for consideration for funded places is 31st January 2014. Candidates whose applications are received after this date may be considered for admission, but not for funding.
Applications are welcome in all the fields and disciplines for which the School provides expert supervision. A full list of research interests in SPIR is available on the website. Applicants with interdisciplinary projects (for example, with history and geography) are also encouraged to apply.
Before applying, interested applicants should make informal contact with a potential supervisor to establish whether SPIR can provide them with expert supervision. They should make sure to include a draft research proposal with any enquiry to a potential supervisor – academic members of staff are unable to respond to general, undefined queries about research degrees. General information on the research degree programmes can be requested to the Research Manager.
Funding Available for Sept 2014 Entry
- QMUL Principal’s Studentships. Queen Mary Principal’s studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. The school will have up to eight studentships available for entry in September 2014. They cover tuition fees and a maintenance allowance of around £15,590 per year for up to three years. Candidates will normally be expected to have a good first degree and a Masters degree in Politics, International Relations, or a related subject.
- China Scholarships Council. One studentship is available through the China Scholarships Council (CSC). The CSC administers government scholarships to sponsor Chinese citizens wishing to study abroad. Under this scheme, Queen Mary provides a fee waiver to cover all tuition fees, and the CSC provides living expenses (for up to 3 years) and one return flight ticket to successful PhD applicants.
- Economic & Social Research Council: Doctoral Training Centre (London Social Science) Studentships. The School of Politics & IR is part of a prestigious ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), London Social Science, with QMUL and Goldsmiths, University of London. The DTC will provide funding for up to two PhD studentships in SPIR for entry in 2014. Studentships cover up to four years of tuition fees and provide a standard maintenance grant of £15,590 per year. PhDs with a particular emphasis on quantitative research may receive an additional Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) stipend of £3,000. Successful applicants will be offered a variety of flexible models of combined PhD study and research training: either a 1 + 3 model (i.e. 1 year doing an MRes in advanced research training, plus 3 years of PhD) or a model where the research training is completed throughout the course of the 4 years of the studentship. Students who already hold a Masters degree with sufficient training can also apply for the standard 3-year funded PhD. Candidates need to complete an additional ESRC application form to be considered for funding through the DTC. Further details and guidance on how to apply, as listed below, are also available online. Candidates must adhere to the current residential eligibility rules as laid out in the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide.
How to Apply
- For QMUL Principal’s Studentships, apply via the standard PhD application process, indicating in your application that you wish to be considered for funding. Applications can be made online. Further details on how to apply are available online. Hard copies of the application form are also available.
- For China Scholarships Council studentships, apply via the standard PhD application process, indicating in your application that you wish to be considered for CSC funding. Applications can be made online. Further details on how to apply are available online. Hard copies of the application form are also available. In addition, you will need to make a separate application to the CSC for funding.
- For ESRC 1+3 Studentships, apply for a relevant MRes online and complete the additional ESRC application form, which is available to download (under Studentships). This additional form should be uploaded to your online QMUL application.
- For ESRC 3-year and +4 Studentships, apply via the standard PhD application process online and complete the additional ESRC application form, which is available to download (under Studentships). This additional form should be uploaded to your online QMUL application.
Applications to all studentships must consist of the following:
- A research proposal which should include a hypothesis, key questions to be addressed by your research, methodology and an indicative bibliography. Further advice on writing a research proposal is available. The research proposal word length for a studentship application is max. 1500 words.
- Applicants should have a 2:1 or equivalent in their first degree and if their first language is not English they must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which you have applied. They need to provide evidence of an English language test score or intend to take a test before their studies. Information about English language entry requirements can be found online.
- Transcripts from previous degrees.
- 2 academic references.
- A full curriculum vitae (CV)
- A supporting statement (1 page A4), which explains why the applicant wants to take the programme. This should address the following: previous academic and other experience relevant to their proposed research; why they wish to undertake this research at Queen Mary; what research training and professional preparation they have already received, and what further training they think they will need; any ethical issues they will need to consider in undertaking their research.
Complete applications must be received in the Admissions Office no later than midnight on 31st January 2014. ESRC DTC funding forms must also be received by this date. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that academic references are also received by this date. Applications without references will be considered incomplete and will not be processed further.
Candidates whose applications are received after this date may be considered for admission but not for funding. Candidates may be interviewed for a place in February 2014. Those shortlisted for funding will be passed to a selection panel for final assessment. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application from mid-March 2014. CSC candidates will be informed of the result of their application from April 2014.
General enquiries about making a formal application can be addressed to the Research Manager, or by calling +44 0207 882 5829.