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CEU invites applicants on programm GRACE: Gender and Cultures of Equality

Deadline: 13.01.2016.

Scholarship administrator: Central European University
Level: doctoral
Field of study: Social Sciences
Place of study: Hungary


The Central European University (CEU) u Budimpešti poziva studente da se prijave za doktorski studij unutar programa ‘European boundaries and the production of cultures of equality’. Rok za prijavu je 13. siječnja, 2016.

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GRACE: Gender and Cultures of Equality: ESR8 –‘European boundaries and the production of cultures of equality’.

The Central European University (Hungary) invites applications for a 36 months fixed term post (1 March 2016 until 31 January 2019) as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in gender studies to research and write a PhD thesis within the area of ‘European boundaries and the production of cultures of equality’.

Successful applicant will be based with the Department of Gender Studies at the Central European University. This is a part of a job call for fifteen researchers to work on the EU-funded European Training Network ‘GRACE: Gender and Cultures of Equality’.

We welcome applications from candidates with Master’s degrees, a demonstrable interest and experience in gender studies, English language skills, and a willingness to spend a period of 6-9 months on secondment at Utrecht University (Netherlands). Applicants will be required to submit a 1000 word research proposal outlining the innovative ways in which they will tackle this project (further details below).


The successful candidate for this post will:
Research ‘European boundaries and the production of cultures of equality’ as part of WP 3 (Intellectual and Activist Cultures of Gender Equality). S/he will be employed by and enrolled on a PhD at CEU for 36 months from 1st March 2016, and will submit with the application a 1000 word research proposal outlining the innovative ways in which they will design a research project to investigate the following:

How do activists and intellectuals perceive, engage with and attempt to influence the EU’s near-neighbours in terms of advancing philosophies and practices of gender equality, considering both the pre-accession experience of new Eastern European members and the ongoing experience of those who border the EU. How do these actions contribute to ongoing social change and, specifically, what is their impact in terms of social inequalities, both local and global? How can we assess these processes from a critical, intersectional and preferably comparative point of view? In addition to questions about gender and labour markets, family and the welfare state, the project may consider how the rights of sexual minorities are, and are not, linked performatively to presumed processes of integration and Europeanization.

Applicants should include in their academically rigorous and referenced proposals an indication of which areas of society, culture, politics, economics and/or the law they propose to research, which national contexts they propose to examine, and the innovative ways in which they propose to approach this methodologically.

For this project we are looking for a researcher with training and experience in doing innovative and reflexive empirical research, either qualitative or quantitative, and linking it to ongoing theoretical debates in the social sciences. The broad research topic should be social inequalities, and any aspect thereof would be considered as long as the concept of "gender" is relevant for describing and explicating it further. Comparative projects are especially welcome but doing comparative work is not a criterion for acceptance.
The applicant should submit a research proposal in which she/he describes the research problem, its theoretical relevance beyond its immediate geographical and empirical reach and explicate and justify the methodology chosen.

  • Nr of positions available : 1
  • Research Fields: Sociology
  • Career Stage: Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)
  • Research Profiles: First Stage Researcher (R1)


  • Annual Salary: within the range of EU Marie Currie European Training Network programs
  • Monthly Mobility Supplement: according to the rules of EU Marie Currie European Training Network programs
  • Monthly Family Allowance (if eligible): according to the rules of EU Marie Currie European Training Network programs


Required Education Level

  • Degree: Master Degree or equivalent
  • Degree Field: Other

Required Languages

  • Language: ENGLISH
  • Language Level: Excellent

Additional Requirements

  • CEU Eligibility Requirements:

Applications are accepted from candidates with an MA or equivalent degree from any discipline in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The applicant have to fulfill CEU requirements for language proficiency. See (http://www.ceu.edu/node/13737)
Students enrolled in a doctoral program at CEU may not be simultaneously enrolled in other institutions of higher education, and are required, at the beginning of their studies at CEU, to sign a declaration to this effect.

  • Marie-Curie Requirements:

Candidates can only apply if they have not been domiciled in Hungary for more than 12 months in the previous three years prior to appointment. In addition, to qualify for the post, at the time of appointment, applicants must have less than the equivalent of 4-years full-time research experience since gaining the University degree which would entitle them to embark on doctoral studies in the country in which the degree was received. More detailed explanation of these eligibility conditions can be found HERE.

The successful candidate will enroll into the PhD Program in Comparative Gender Studies and fulfill its requirements. The PhD Program in Comparative Gender Studies is a three-year graduate program registered with the Board of Re¬gents of the State of New York (U.S.A.) for and on behalf of the State Education Department. It places a special emphasis on comparative and integrative perspectives in Women’s and Gender Studies. The requirements to be fulfilled by Doctoral Students enrolled in the program consist of 90 credits accumulated over three years of studies, passing the Comprehensive Exam after the end of the first year of studies, and the defense of the doctoral dissertation. The rationale and design of the PhD Degree Program in Comparative Gender Studies are based on the overarching scholarly and educational goals of the Department of Gender Studies at CEU. The program aims to combine theoretical and empirical inquiry into gender. Its activities and courses facilitate the examination of diversified patterns of social and cultural change, and allow interested students the opportunity to focus on Central-Eastern Europe in particular. Whatever the regional or textual focus students may choose, the program helps them understand gender in terms of local, national and transnational influences and articulations. For a detailed program description please see HERE.

How to apply:

The application package should include (1) an application letter (not exceeding 500 words), (2) CV, (3) the contact information of three references, (4) 1000 word research proposal as required, (5) an official English version OR translation of your full master's transcript (transcript = an official report supplied by a school on the record of an individual student, listing subjects studied and grades received), including an explanation of the grading system, (6) an official English version OR translation of your master's diploma, (7) proof of language proficiency according to the CEU requirements, (8) (optional) an academic writing sample.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to participate in either on-line or in-person job interviews, and will be subject to pre-employment checks prior to any appointment. Informal inquiries may be addressed to grace@ceu.edu. Please send your complete application package to grace@ceu.edu before midnight January 15, 2016 putting in the subject line ‘job application ESR8’.
CEU is an equal opportunity employer.





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