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Call for Applications: OSF Eurasia Program Fellowships 2017 at Tartu, Estonia (Fully Funded)

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Application Deadline:  November 20, 2016. 23:59 Estonian time (GMT/UTC+02:00)

The University of Tartu (Estonia) announces a call for doctoral candidates and PhD-holding academics for a five-month fellowship at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, supported by the Eurasia Program of the Open Society Foundations.

The fellowship program focuses on political and societal transition in Eurasia and Eastern Europe in a comparative perspective.

The call is addressed to the citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The purpose of the fellowship program is to enable scholars from the above-mentioned countries to develop analytical and research skills and build international networks by participating in a five-month resident fellowship program at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu.

THEMATIC FOCUS:

The fellowship program focuses on political and societal transition in Eurasia and Eastern Europe in a comparative perspective. Post-communist transformation processes in the region have produced a variety of political outcomes, ranging from dictatorships to hybrid regimes to consolidated democracies. The record on governance and quality of public institutions is equally mixed: while some countries are plagued by endemic corruption and inefficient governance, others have succeeded in building accountable, open and innovative public institutions.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Applicants must be a citizen of one of the Eurasia Program target countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine or Uzbekistan) and be permanently residing in one of these countries;
  • Applicants for the doctoral fellowship must be doctoral students enrolled in a PhD program* in the Social Sciences (broadly defined) at an institution of higher education in one of the program countries (for at least one year at the time of applying);
  • Applicants for the postdoctoral fellowship must be young scholars who have been awarded a PhD (or candidate degree)* in the Social Sciences (broadly defined) during a period of six years preceding the application deadline;
  • Applicants should have a very good command of English (be able to follow lectures and write academic or policy papers in English);
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have not studied or worked in the EU or North America for extended periods of time.

FELLOWSHIP STRUCTURE:

  • The project will support two fellows (one PhD candidate and one Post-doctoral Fellow) for a five-month period (February 1 to June 30, 2017).
  • Fellows will be resident scholars at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu (see also Host Institution, below.)
  • They will work on their individual research projects under the supervision of a senior academic.
  • During the fellowship they will have the opportunity to improve their analytical skills, research methodology and writing by making use of resources, supervision and training provided by the host institution.
  • Upon each fellow’s acceptance, relevant interests and training needs are assessed, and an individual work plan is agreed upon by the fellow and a host institution, detailing activities and outcomes to be achieved.
  • Typically, the outcomes include the completion of one or several research or policy papers (academic article, dissertation chapter, policy brief, etc.) and the presentation of this work at a conference, workshop or research seminar.

Benefits:

  • The fellows are supported by a grant from the OSF Eurasia program, administered by the University of Tartu.
  • The grant covers travel, visa, accommodation, health insurance and living costs during the fellowship period. Specifically, the PhD candidate will receive a monthly scholarship of 1200 euros, while the Post-Doctoral Fellow will receive a net salary of 1500 euros per month.
  • The fellows are expected to cover accommodation and living costs from the monthly income specified above. The host institution will provide assistance in arranging suitable accommodation (options include single room in a modern dormitory or hostel, or a small guest apartment).
  • Additionally, expenses for one-time roundtrip travel to Tartu will be covered along with relevant visa and insurance fees.
  • Air tickets will be arranged and covered directly by the University of Tartu. Visa and insurance fees must initially be incurred by the Fellow but will be reimbursed upon the Fellow’s arrival to Tartu.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  • The deadline for applications is November 20, 2016.
  • Application documents should be sent electronically to eurasiafellows@ut.ee by 23:59 Estonian time (GMT/UTC+02:00) on November 20, 2016. All documents should be English. Academic transcripts may be in a language other than English but should be accompanied by a translation provided (and signed) by the applicant.
    Applicants for the Doctoral fellowship must submit the following documents:
  •  completed application form, available here;
  • description of the research project to be undertaken during the fellowship period (max 4 pages), detailing the objectives and relevance of the project, main research questions, theoretical and empirical approaches and data used. Please indicate what the concrete research output will be (academic article, chapter of a dissertation or a book; policy paper, etc.). Feel free to indicate what kind of assistance and advice you need with this project;
  • CV detailing education, professional experience, and any publications;
  • official letter from home university proving enrollment in a PhD program, together with an academic transcript (if applicable) detailing coursework completed;
  • copy of the identification pages of the applicant’s passport.
    Applicants for the Post-doctoral fellowship must submit the following documents:
  • completed application form, available here;
  • description of the research project to be undertaken during the fellowship period (max 4 pages), detailing the objectives and relevance of the project, main research questions, theoretical and empirical approaches and data used. Please indicate what the concrete research output will be (academic article, chapter of a dissertation or a book; policy paper, etc.). Feel free to indicate what kind of assistance and advice you need with this project;
  • CV detailing education, professional experience, and any publications;
  • copy of PhD (or candidate degree) diploma and academic transcript (if applicable) detailing coursework completed
  • copy of the identification pages of the applicant’s passport.
  • Please address any questions about the program or the application process to eurasiafellows@ut.ee

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the OSF Eurasia Program Fellowships 2017

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