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Graduate School for East & SE European Studies seeks research assistants

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    Alexis McMaster

    The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (Munich/Regensburg, Germany) calls for applications for

    up to 3 positions as a research assistant (PhD candidate position) – employment according to the German TV-L in part time (65 %) –
    and up to 3 PhD scholarships (all beginning November 15, 2017).
    Application deadline: July 23, 2017

    Beginning November 15, 2017 the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies offers the following doctoral positions: up to 3 positions as a research assistant – employment according to the German TV-L in part time (65 %) – and up to 3 PhD scholarships.

    The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies is a joint program by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich and the Universität Regensburg. The School is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) as part of the German Excellence Initiative and started in November 2012.

    Research at the Graduate School is conducted in three broad interdisciplinary fields:

    Origins and Forms of Social and Political Change
    Cultural Systems
    Infrastructure, Migration and Transfer of Knowledge

    Research at the Graduate School focuses particularly on interrelations and interdependencies between East and Southeast Europe and other regions of the world.

    In the context of its primary focus on East and Southeast Europe, the Graduate School draws on the following disciplines: History, Literary and Language Studies, Art History, Theatre Studies, Social Sciences, and Law. In the context of cross-regional comparisons and transfer studies the School’s expertise in Area Studies is complemented by insights from Chinese, Japanese and North American Studies.
    For further information see:

    Beginning November 15, 2017 available for 18 months with the option of extension for another 24 months the Graduate School offers the following doctoral positions

    up to 3 positions as a research assistant – employment according to the German TV-L in part time (65 %) –
    and up to 3 PhD Scholarships.
    Research Assistant positions:
    These positions are assigned to conduct an independent PhD project. The remuneration is based on Grade E 13 (65%) of the German Public Service Salary Scale. It includes a teaching obligation of one semester hour per week.

    PhD Scholarships:
    PhD Scholarships are awarded with a basic monthly stipend of 1.365 Euro, plus travel funds, grants for material costs as well as child-care expenses in accordance with DFG guidelines where applicable.

    Both forms of doctoral positions can be realized either at the LMU Munich or at the Universität Regensburg, depending on the advisor’s assignment.

    The holders of both the doctoral positions and the scholarships will be expected to successfully conduct an independent research project which contributes to the Graduate School’s research fields. Participation in the Graduate School’s seminars and qualification program is mandatory. In an international working environment the Graduate School offers ideal conditions for the realization of excellent PhD-projects in the Humanities as well as in Social and Legal Studies which focus on East and Southeast Europe and the entanglements of this region with other regions of the world. The Graduate School is part of the centers for East and Southeast European studies at both sites which beside the universities include non-university research institutions. As an international research institution the Graduate School also explicitly invites applications from foreign candidates. The Graduate School’s seminars are bilingual (German and English). Appropriate language skills are expected.


    very good graduate degree (Master’s, Magister, German Diploma, State Examination or equivalent degree)
    independent research project within the fields of interest to the Graduate School
    interest in interdisciplinary research questions and sensitivity for transnational and spatial perspectives
    knowledge of German and English
    knowledge of the language of the research object


    research proposal of 4 to 6 pages
    work plan and time schedule
    Curriculum Vitae
    degree certificates (after higher education entrance qualification)
    abstract of the Master’s thesis
    list of publications if applicable
    references by two university professors

    Please submit the complete application online:
    Deadline for applications is July 23, 2017.

    Eligible candidates will be invited for an interview with the two speakers of the Graduate School, the Admission Committee and their future advisors in Munich on October 5, 2017. Following the interview, the Admission Committee will decide on the candidate’s admission to the Graduate School and the offer of a research assistant position or a PhD scholarship.

    The Graduate School is committed to the compatibility of family and career. It therefore encourages applications from women. As an international research institution, the School welcomes applications from abroad. Applicants with disabilities possessing essentially equivalent qualifications will receive preferential consideration. If applicable, please mention the disability in the application.

    Please refrain from making requests before October 5th, 2017.

    For further information on the Graduate School and the application process please see the website:
    Additional queries may be addressed via email to:

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