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Call for Applications for Prospective Doctoral Students
The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz Institut für Globale und
Regionale Studien invites Prospective Doctoral Students to apply to the GIGA Doctoral Programme and join from April 2014 onwards one of GIGA’s regional institutes (Africa, Asia,
Latin America and Middle East) and one of GIGA’s four research
- RP 1: Legitimacy and Efficiency of Political Systems,
- RP 2: Violence and Security,
- RP 3: Socio-Economic Challenges in the Context of Globalisation,
- RP 4: Power, Norms and Governance in International Relations.
Successful candidates will benefit from individual supervision of their research projects and will be fully integrated into a structured doctoral programme at one of Europe’s leading research institutes for area and comparative area studies. Within an interdisciplinary and international research atmosphere, they will actively participate in GIGA’s research programmes and teams and have free access to the institute’s infrastructure (office space with Internet access, archives and librar-ies). Additionally, the successful candidates will have the opportunity to attend regular courses on research design and methods and area and comparative area studies, as well as soft skills seminars (all ECTS creditable).
This particular call is addressed to outstanding students who are either funded by an external institution or self-funded (proof of funding required). Desired qualifications:
- An excellent grade point average and a final degree (masters or equivalent) in political
science/international relations, economics, history or a related discipline.
- A project proposal that fits with GIGA’s research programmes. Priority will be given to those projects with a cross-regional or a comparative area studies focus.
- Strong command of the English language.
The reconciliation of work and family life is of great importance to the institute. The GIGA promotes gender equality and actively encourages applications from women. Among equally qualified applicants, women will receive preferential consideration in those areas in which they are underrepresented.
Please send your complete application by January 15, 2014 (Ref.-No. GIGA-13-06), with the
relevant supporting documentation (GIGA DP application form incl. name and contact details of two reference persons, letter of motivation, CV, simple copies of degrees and academic transcripts (BA, Diploma, MA), proof of English language skills, MA thesis or two pieces of scholarly work, a research proposal of 2000 words max., and proof of funding) to:
Gabriele Tetzlaff, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies,
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354
(E-Mail applications are particularly welcome. Please check the size of your email. If it exceeds a maximum of 10 MB split your electronic application).
For further information and the GIGA DP application form, please visit the GIGA Doctoral
Programme website (www.dp-giga-hamburg.de) or contact Dr Stephanie Garling (Email: gar-
Assistant Professor - tenure track
The Quality of Government (QoG) Institute was established in 2004 and conducts research about the causes and effects of variations in the quality of public institutions. The QoG Institute is one of the largest research institutes in this area comprising around 25 researchers.
We are opening three positions as Assistant Professor (Associate Senior Lecture) within a new five year project entitled The Performance of Democracies (PERDEM). The project is financed by an Advanced Research Grant from the European Research Council to Professor Bo Rothstein and is hosted by the QoG Institute. The project’s objectives is to analyze the relation between how democracies are organized and how they perform in generating human well-being, curb corruption and handling the public finances. A description of the PERDEM research project can be found at http://www.qog.pol.gu.se/research/researchprojects/perdem/
The successful applicants are mainly expected to conduct their own research within the PERDEM-project and to participate in the activities organized by the QoG-Institute (two internal conferences per year and a biweekly research seminar). Teaching at the Department of Political Science is also included in the position, approximately up to 20 percent. The appointment is for four years preferably starting in August/September 2014. During the last year, the holders of these positions have the right to apply for promotion to tenure as Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Political Science.
Data Analyst (SPSS or STATA)
TI produces a wealth of qualitative data from many different sources. TI’s MEL Unit has been compiling this data and is looking for a data analyst skilled in either SPSS or STATA to:
Construct SPSS or STATA database, including entering the data. This qualitative data has been coded by the MEL team already.
Test the feasibility of the categories (codes) through running some preliminary tests and adjust accordingly.
Support the Unit in the conceptualisation of variables and simple indices; produce summary statistics of key outcome and covariate variables.
The assignment should start on the 20th of January 2014 and end on the 27th of January 2014 and it should not take more than 8 working days.
3. CONDITIONS AND SELECTION CRITERIA
Applicants should have the following skills and experience:
Degree in social sciences or statistics with relevant experience in social statistics analysis.
In-depth training and widespread use of either SPSS or STATA.
Demonstrated experience of building SPSS or STATA databases, constructing indices and variables, and run the appropriate statistical tests. Substantive experience with coding of qualitative data.
Experience in providing remote support to and communicate with people not versed in statistics.
Experience in working across cultures.
Fluency in English (written/spoken).
4. SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS
Applications (in English) must be sent by email to email@example.com by close of business 10th of January 2014 with “Data Analyst” in the subject line. Applications should contain:
A letter of motivation, specifically focusing on concrete examples relating to what is requested in this TOR in terms of the necessary skills and experience (see above, Section 4).
Curriculum Vitae with full description of the applicant’s profile, experience and indication of daily rate.
Contact details for at least two independent referees with in-depth and proven knowledge of the applicant’s expertise and relevant work experience for this TOR.
Due to the high volume of applications, we will only notify shortlisted candidates. If you do not hear from us two weeks after the deadline, it is because you have not been shortlisted.
TI retains the right to reject any or all of the applications and/or to enter into additional negotiations with one or more of the tendering parties.
Scholarships for the PhD program "Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business"
The Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics (WCGE) and the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin (LEIZ) will award up to 6 scholarships for the new PhD program "Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business", starting in March 2014 (or earlier in exceptional cases).
Funded by the German Karl Schlecht Foundation, WCGE and LEIZ will jointly launch a PhD program in the beginning of 2014. The program is open to outstanding PhD students whose research interest touches the field of responsible leadership in business in a global context. Besides providing the students with subject-specific qualifications, it is the aim of the program to integrate the research proposals into a greater theoretical and sociopolitical framework. The program will therefore be part of an innovative platform format, bringing together scientific expertise of leading professors of business ethics, the know-how of internationally operating companies, and the perspectives of societal stakeholder groups. The program intents to promote research that is theoretically well informed and at the same time offers real-life solutions for doing responsible business in the context of global competition. PhD proposals shall therefore be able to contribute to the discourse in research, on company level and to the public debate at the same time.
In times of a world society that is growing together more and more, the responsibility of companies and their decision-makers is gaining momentum. Meanwhile, they can only play a constructive role under the precondition of relevant leadership competences that allow to build public trust and to keep the companies' license-to-operate in the long term. Societal trust and corporate responsibility are based on three levels for each of which the field of business ethics offers specific approaches:
Which rules and structures can help promoting business to the good of the people? What are conditions for building global, cross-culturally applicable structures?
How can collective actors assume and organize responsibility? What is the added value of such concepts as Shared Value and stakeholder management?
How can the competences of decision makers to judge, shape and discuss aspects of business ethics be shaped? Which roles play personality and moral imagination in this regard?
WCGE and LEIZ accept applications of PhD students whose research proposals directly or indirectly address at least one of the levels of business ethics presented above, paired with practical relevance and a global dimension. In order to support the students and to train them in terms of contents and methodology, accepted PhD candidates will participate in an accompanying study program, consisting of courses and practical projects at the WCGE. This setting requires that students are ready to be present in Wittenberg/Friedrichshafen on a regular basis.
Admission and sponsoring
Admission to the PhD program requires that students are supervised by one of the following professors who at the same time serve as the research directors of the program:
Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Kirchner, Chair for German, European and International Private and Business Law and New Institutional Economics, Humboldt University Berlin
Prof. Dr. Andreas Suchanek, Dr. Werner Jackstädt Chair of Economic and Business Ethics, HHL - Leipzig Graduate School of Management
Prof. Dr. Josef Wieland, Chair of Institutional Economics, Leadership Excellence Institute, Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen
N.N., (to be appointed) professor of the Friede-Springer Endowed Chair "Business Ethics and Controlling", Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg.
In addition, candidates must hold an above-average masters or diploma degree in a field that is relevant for the individual research proposal.
Applications must include:
An exposé describing the research proposal (max. 15 pages), including an executive summary and the name of the favored supervisor
A university certificate which fulfills the conditions for obtaining a PhD at the university of the favored professor (incl. transcript of records)
If applicable, certificates of employment, letters of recommendation and a publication list
The program's scientific committee will decide about acceptance to the PhD program and the scholarships. The monthly stipend rate will be 1200 Euros, including material and travel costs. The scholarship can be granted for up to three years, depending on the progress of the PhD projects, which will be verified regularly, and on the active participation in the PhD program. The arrangements of the PhD school and the accompanying study program will allow that participants can finalize their PhD projects in the proposed three years period.
The application deadline for acceptance to the PhD program in March is January 15, 2014; earlier applications are encouraged. Applicants who wish to join the PhD program later than March 2014 can apply at a later time. Please send your application, including the supporting documents, preferably per email, to:
Dr. Anja Görnitz
Scientific Coordinator of the PhD program "Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business"
Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel. +49 / (0)3491 / 466-240
Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR)
The Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) is open to candidates who have recently received their doctorate in social and political sciences or economics and whose research focuses on topics of international relations and/or international peace and security issues. Fellowships are granted for a duration of 24 months to prepare Fellows for a career in policy-oriented and international research at renowned think tanks and political consulting research institutes. Fellows spend three eight-month stays at research institutions or think tanks participating in the program - at least one on the Eastern, and one on the Western side of the Atlantic.
Participating institutes include: Center for International Relations (CIR), Warsaw; Center for a New American Security (CNAS), Washington D.C.; Center for Security Studies (CSS), Zurich; Chatham House, London; European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), Paris; Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Helsinki; Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), Paris; Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS), Oslo; Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Warsaw; RAND Corporation (RAND), Washington, D.C.; SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations (SAIS), Washington, D.C.; Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm AND Washington, D.C.; United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, D.C.; and German Institute for International and Security Affairs/Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin AND Brussels.
Fellows will be supervised by a researcher at each host institute, while being integrated into the relevant research units or projects. Fellows will have the opportunity to work on issues of major and immediate political significance, and to publish their work in journals or paper series that will be read by decision-makers at national and international levels. The Fellowship aims to involve participants actively in the work and research of leading international think tanks. It is not intended to primarily fund the completion of major individual publications or of academic peer-reviewed journal articles.
The fellowship consists of:
a monthly stipend of Euro 1.800,00
a monthly allowance for health insurance of Euro 200,00
and a one-time travel allowance of Euro 3.500,00 for travel to and from the host institutions.
Fees for residence permits are not included.
To be eligible for the Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship, candidates must have successfully defended their Ph.D. by the start of the program (01 October 2014). Candidates must have a strong interest in working in a policy-oriented international environment and must demonstrate their ability to do so by previous international academic experience.
Applicants must either be citizens of the U.S., Canada or Europe (in a broader geographical definition) OR must have resided in the U.S., Canada or Europe at least for two-and-a-half years in the five years before the application deadline.
TAPIR fellows selected commit to carrying out all research activities in compliance with the fundamental ethical principles of the European Commission (Decision No 1982/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006, Art. 6 (§ 1)).
Applications should contain:
A five-page research statement outlining the candidate's current and longer-term academic interests (research proposal). This does not have to be limited to transatlantic issues.
A concise Curriculum Vitae with a list of principal publications (max. four pages in total). Please state your citizenship if you are U.S., Canadian or European citizen OR details about your residency there (see above).
Two letters of recommendation (attached to your application or separately sent by your referee)
All files, including letters of recommendation, should be sent in PDF format to tapir(at)swp-berlin.org by 03 February 2014. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Successful candidates will be informed by May 2014.
Up to five Fellowships will be awarded in 2014. Fellows will be selected by a jury composed of members of the participating institutes. Selection criteria are the academic excellence of the candidate and the quality of the research statement.
The decision of the jury is final and no appeal is possible. All candidates are informed of the outcome of their applications by e-mail.
The program is funded by, among others, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Deutsche Bank, Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Otto Group, Robert Bosch Stiftung, and Transatlantikprogramm der Bundesregierung.
TAPIR is co-funded by the Marie Curie Action COFUND within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union.
For further information, please contact:
Tobias von Lossow
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR)
phone: +49 (0)30 88007-106
fax: +49 (0)30 88007-5106 / -100
Scolarships and fellowships in Public Policy
Central European University (CEU), an English language graduate institution, invites applications for its Master's Degree Fellowships and its Masters' Degree Tuition Scholarships.
Starting in September 2013, CEU’s new School of
Public Policy (SPP) will offer a two-year professional
Master degree program in public administration. Its innovative curriculum
consists of core, specialization, and elective
courses plus skill-development modules.
While completing coursework within a “passion
project,” students will contextualize knowledge
and skills through team-based research and
by consulting with external clients on topics of
The CEU Master’s Degree Fellowships (full or partial) include a full tuition scholarship (with a value of €11,000 to
€12,000), housing in the CEU Residence Center, and health insurance. Fellowship recipients also receive a monthly stipend to cover living expenses. CEU Master’s Degree Tuition Scholarships (full or partial) cover between 50 and 100 percent of tuition expenses up to €12,000 per year.
Core and Institutional Support to Policy Research Centers
The Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Foundations requests proposals from independent, nonpartisan multi-issue public policy centers working in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo, and Ukraine to promote inclusive policy change.
"Inclusive policy change" refers to a policymaking process that is open, transparent, and responsive to the public interest. The Think Tank Fund aims to support policy centers that strengthen democratic processes in their countries by identifying and analyzing policy options, consulting with the government to advance their recommendations, involving stakeholders outside government circles in policy debates, and making their findings widely available to the public. Thus, while potential grantees should engage with public authorities, the Think Tank Fund also seeks to fund organizations that galvanize public interest and debate about the issues on which they are working. The fund currently directs its support primarily to organizations that work on economic, political and social reform issues in their countries.
Call for Papers
ECPR 2014 General Conference Call for Panels and Individual Papers
The goal of this section is to foster the renewed interest in the comparative analysis of foreign policy. More specifically, the section places emphasis on the spatial and temporal dimensions of comparison, that is, on cross-country comparisons of foreign policy as well as on comparisons of foreign policy over time. Thus, individual papers (if submitted as standalone papers) or the papers of a panel proposal when taken together must either include a cross-country dimension or explicit temporal comparisons within countries.
The panels of this section will be organised around specific levels of analysis (individual decision-makers; parliaments; public opinion; etc.) or themes (the use of force; foreign policy failures; the impact of austerity; etc.), which allows for discussion of how those levels of analysis and themes bear on foreign policy across countries and/or over time. In particular, this comparative approach will further our understanding of the scope conditions of different theories of FPA and contribute to middle-range theorising about foreign policy. Empirically, the section will reinforce attempts at working out systematic differences (similarities) between different (similar) types of countries (e.g., small, middle and great powers) or political systems (e.g., democratic and authoritarian regimes; etc.) as well as between different (similar) types of decision making context (e.g., crisis, routine and planning decisions). Last but not least, the comparative angle of the section links in with calls for bridging the "analytical divide" between FPA and Comparative Politics which have often been voiced in both fields.
The section is not restricted to any particular country or region, historical period or issue area in foreign policy. Rather, the common thread of all contributions is their comparative approach to analysing foreign policy. Papers and panels that discuss the foreign policies of non-Western countries (or include such countries in their analyses) and that investigate current or recent developments are particularly welcome, however. The section endorses a pluralist perspective and calls for contributions of any theoretical and methodological orientation.
Panel and paper proposals
ECPR membership is not a requirement for submitting a proposal. However, you must hold (or establish) an account with MyECPR (http://www.ecpr.eu/login.aspx).
Proposals for panels (4–5 papers) and individual papers must be completed through MyECPR.
Call for Papers
INTERNATIONAL IDEA/ELECTORAL INTEGRITY PROJECT AWARD 2014 Graduate Student Essay
Co-sponsors: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA); Electoral Integrity Project (EIP; Harvard University & University of Sydney)
Description: Submissions are invited for the 2014 Electoral Integrity graduate student essay competition. The award will be presented to the author (or authors) of an outstanding graduate student essay written in English based on the paper's significant contribution to the theory and practice of electoral integrity. Relevant topics include, amongst others, problems of electoral processes and conduct in the global south; threats to electoral integrity, including fraud, manipulation, discrimination, and violence; and the effects policy interventions to strengthen electoral integrity, including monitoring by observers, media and citizens, capacity building of electoral management bodies, reform of electoral laws and processes, and dispute adjudication by the courts. Essays can be based on any methods, including cross-national comparisons, case-studies, field and lab experiments, public and elite surveys, formal theory, content analysis, analysis of Big Data, and participant observation studies. Applicants can be from any social science discipline.
Application instructions: Papers are welcome from students enrolled in a graduate program (at Masters Level, Doctoral Level, or equivalent) at any time from 1 January to 31 December 2013 at an accredited university, regardless of gender, age, nationality, race, ethnicity, or citizenship.
To be considered, all applications must include:
A paper written in English should be between 25 to 50 double-spaced pages, inclusive of reference matter;
A cover page listing all the authors, contact details, title and a short 100 word abstract;
A curriculum vitae; and,
A photocopied document demonstrating your student affiliation during 2013.
Co-authored papers will be considered for the award, but only if all authors were graduate students during 2013. The winning paper will be selected by a three-person committee.
Submissions must be received by 1 January 2014. The award recipient will be notified by 1 March 2014.
Award details: The author (or authors) of the winning paper will receive an award of $750 and a further award (up to US$1,000) for the costs of attending the award ceremony at an international meeting. The 2014 award will be presented at the International Political Science Association's (IPSA) World Congress, (to be held 18-24 July 2014 in Montreal, Canada). The award recipient will also have the opportunity to present their paper at a relevant policy-makers conference (to be determined in consultation with International IDEA).
Application submission: Please submit applications by email to email@example.com or by mail to:
Electoral Integrity Project
Department of Government and International Relations
259 Merewether Building (H04)
University of Sydney, NSW 2006
Call for Papers
5th Graduate Student Conference
*** Propose a PANEL as panel chair/co-chair OR apply with an individual PAPER for the section | Apply as panel chair with an abstract of no more than 300 words, 3-5 papers incl. abstracts of no more than 150 words and 3-8 keywords, a proposal for a discussant, and 3-8 keywords | Apply with an individual paper incl. an abstract of no more than 150 words and 3-8 keywords | For more detailed information see: ECPR Guidelines and Deadlines
Call for Papers
The Persistence of Informal Economic Practices in Post-Socialist Societies (edited collection)
Authors are sought for a book on informal practices in post-Socialist societies. This book is conceived as an exploration of the mechanisms regulating, in different contexts and modalities, the development and functioning of informal practices. In order to do this we invite chapters concentrating on a case study of a particular category of people (entrepreneurs, politicians, students, civil servants, small traders, taxi drivers), who are regularly engaging with informal transactions. Please see links for more details. Questions can be directed to: Abel firstname.lastname@example.org or
Call for Papers
African Journal of Political Science and International Relations
African Journal of Political Science and International Relations (AJPSIR) is currently accepting manuscripts for publication. AJPSIR publishes rigorous theoretical reasoning and advanced empirical research in all areas of the subjects. We welcome articles or proposals from all perspectives and on all subjects pertaining to Africa, Europe, Asia, America (North & South), Australia, Africa's relationship to the world, public policy, international relations, comparative politics, political methodology, political theory, political history and culture, global political economy, strategy and environment. The journal will also address developments within the discipline. Each issue will normally contain a mixture of peer-reviewed research articles, reviews or essays using a variety of methodologies and approaches. Manuscripts should be sent as e-mail attachment to email@example.com
World Bank Seeking Experts to Advise on Conflict of Interest Legislation Indicators
The World Bank’s Public Accountability Mechanisms (PAM) Initiative aims at creating a set of actionable indicators to monitor transparency and good governance in public sector management. In this phase of the project we are assessing Conflict of Interest legislation and are generating country-specific analyses of the relevant legal frameworks. This project is quite urgent and please see link on how to submit your application.