Friday, April 30, 2010

STIPENDIUM: PhD positions, Perception of Europe in UA and GE, University of Frankfurt

The Goethe-University Frankfurt is seeking to fill 3 PhD Positions in the new interdisciplinary research group EuroGaps (EG 13 TV-G-U, half-time)

for a period of 3.5 years starting in October 2010. The positions will be based in the Department of Human Geography.

The research group is jointly led by Dr. Veit Bachmann and Dr. Martin Müller and funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It will examine external perceptions of the European Union in sub-Saharan Africa and the Black Sea Region. Each candidate will be responsible for one of three countries:

a) Senegal

b) Ukraine

c) Georgia

Candidates should be in possession of a Master´s degree (or equivalent) in a pertinent social science discipline such as (but not limited to) Human Geography, Political Science, Anthropology, Organisation Studies, Sociology, European Studies. While based in the Department of Human Geography, the research group will conduct interdisciplinary research, drawing on a range of diverse academic traditions.

Language Requirements

The group aims to establish itself on the cutting edge of international research. Command of English for academic purposes is therefore required, as the large majority of publications will be in English. Additional language proficiency is required for the posts in Senegal (French), Ukraine (Russian or Ukrainian, proficiency in both is an asset) and Georgia (Russian or Georgian, proficiency in both is an asset). If you don´t speak German, the willingness to learn German is required. Applications from candidates with an international background are explicitly encouraged.


Applications should be in English and indicate which of the three countries you are applying for. They should include a cover letter (800-1000 words) briefly laying out your motivation for the position, your experience in conducting fieldwork and your career plans. Applications should further include your CV, copies of relevant degrees and certificates, a sample (draft) publication or chapter of your thesis (not more than 10,000 words), and the contact details of two referees. Please understand that we cannot return application documents.

Please send your application in one pdf-file to and

Before applying we strongly encourage to contact Dr. Veit Bachmann (for Senegal) or Dr Martin Müller (for Ukraine and Georgia) for informal discussion.

Closing date for applications: 01 June 2010. Interviews will take place on 16 June 2010.

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