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IHS Fully-Funded PhD Scholarships for Political Science Students, Austria 2017 -APPLY

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The IHS invites applications for 2 fully-funded PhD positions as part of the PhD network PLATO, an international network studying crisis and the legitimacy of the EU. The successful candidate will be supervised by the senior scholar Katrin Auel or Guido Tiemann, depending on the proposal.

PLATO aims to go well beyond the state-of-the-art by building a theory of legitimacy crisis in the EU from a uniquely interdisciplinary understanding of how democracy, power, law, economies and societies all fit together with institutions within and beyond the state to affect the legitimacy of contemporary political order.

The Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) is an independent, non-profit research institute in Vienna (Austria). It brings together high-level expertise from various disciplines (economics, sociology, and political science, among others) to address fundamental economic and social problems and policy choices.

Applicants should hold a master degree in political science, media studies, sociology, political (democratic) theory or a related social science discipline.

Course Level: Positions are available to pursue PhD programme.

Study Subject: Positions are awarded on legitimacy crisis and parliamentary representation and European elections, respectively, as part of the PhD network ‘The Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union’ (PLATO).

Scholarship Award: In addition to the benefits of taking a team PhD as part of PLATO, the IHS offers:

  • Salary 2.052 Euro gross / month (14 times per year) plus 600 Euros mobility allowance
  • In case the successful candidate comes with family (spouse and/or children), an additional family allowance will be offered.
  • Academically stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant, integrated and international research community
  • Excellent pension benefits under the Austrian Public Service Pension Fund scheme
  • Welfare benefits

Scholarship can be taken in Vienna, Austria

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for these fellowships:

  • Two important eligibility conditions apply to Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks (ITN): Candidates cannot have resided and carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Austria for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to 1 September 2017. If it is not evident from the application that this criterion is met, please include an explanation as part of your application.
  • Candidates must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of her/his research career and not already be in the possession of a doctoral degree.

Further qualifications for the position:

  • Master’s degree in political science, media studies, sociology, political (democratic) theory or a related social science discipline which includes at least two years of study at MA level and an MA thesis. The master’s thesis must have been submitted before the application deadline. A prerequisite for taking up the position is the successful completion of a master’s degree.
  • Strong academic record
  • English language proficiency. If you are not a native English speaker, or if the language of instruction at your previous university was not English, we will ask you to provide evidence of strong English language skills. Please include English language test results in your application if this applies to you. Such tests should not be older than two years at the time of application.

Nationality: International researchers are eligible to apply for these positions.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Applicants should hold a master degree in political science, media studies, sociology, political (democratic) theory or a related social science discipline.

English language Requirements: If you are not a native English speaker, or if the language of instruction at your previous university was not English, we will ask you to provide evidence of strong English language skills. Please include English language test results in your application if this applies to you. Such tests should not be older than two years at the time of application.

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How to Apply: Applications must be submitted by e-mail to Verena Karlsson (karlsson-at-ihs.ac.at). The application must include the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Research proposal (2,000-3,000 words) (Guidelines for the project proposal)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of MA degree diploma(s)
  • Copies of academic transcripts
  • CV with full summary of education, practice, academic and non-academic work experience, language proficiency, positions of trust, and other qualifying/extra-curricular activities. The period of enrolment (admission-completion) in the Master’s study program must be specified
  • The application and all supporting documents must be provided in English.

Application Deadline: Application deadline is January 31, 2017.

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