Scholarship Description: The Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna (IHS) is inviting applications for PhD fellowship as part of the PhD network ‘The Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union’ (PLATO). International students are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.

Scholarship Provider: The Institute brings together, and entangles, social scientific disciplines. It organizes its research along thematic, versatile research units. The Institute is a reliable partner for policy-makers as well as society at large. Its expertise is brought to fruition both academically as well as in relation to policy-making for selected research involving longer term issues.

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.

Degree Level: Position is available to pursue PhD programme.

Available Subject: Position is awarded within the PhD project: ‘Legitimacy Crisis and European Elections’ (ESR15).

Scholarship Benefits: 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 a tax-free 600 Euro mobility allowance per month
  • In case the successful candidate has a family (partner and/or children) at the time of recruitment, an additional family allowance of 500 Euro (gross/month) 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

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following requirements:

The successful candidate will have to enroll in the PhD program of Social Sciences at the University of Vienna. The work will result in a doctorate in political science. For a detailed curriculum of the PhD Program at the University of Vienna please visit: http://doktoratsowi.univie.ac.at/en/structure-of-the-degree-programme/curriculum/

Other institutions for PhD enrolment could be explored based on the candidates’ wishes.

Formal qualifications:

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 prior to 1 May 2018 (or start date of contract). 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.

Substantive qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in political science, sociology, 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 and promising academic record

Application Procedure: 

Applications must be submitted by e-mail to Sigrid Stemberger (stemberger-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/extracurricular 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.

Scholarship Link: https://www.ihs.ac.at/fileadmin/public/BR_Files/user_upload/PLATO_CALL.pdf

Deadline: April 16, 2018