Law & Society Institute – New doctoral programme

The doctoral programme Law & Society of the Integrative Research Institute Law & Society (LSI) in cooperation with the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) is currently accepting applications for two doctoral scholarships at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, Graduate School Scholarship Programme). 

The LSI and the BGSS have established the joint doctoral programme Law & Society to promote innovative interdisciplinary legal research. The programme is dedicated to investigating the role and function of law for tackling the current and fundamental challenges for a democratic global society (inter alia climate change, digital transformation, the rise of populism and the decline of the rule of law) from a genuinely interdisciplinary perspective.

The programme offers interdisciplinary supervision and support of the doctoral students within the international structured doctoral programme of the BGSS. The LSI is a stimulating interdisciplinary and international research environment in the heart of Berlin at the Humboldt-University.

The courses of the doctoral programme will be taught in English. However, applicants are expected to acquire a working knowledge of German. Fully funded language courses will be available as part of the doctoral scholarship. The doctoral thesis may be written in English or German.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021.

For all application requirements and more information, please find the full Call for Applications here.

University of Milan PhD Scholarships for Sociology and methodology of social research

The SOMET (Sociology and Methodology of Social Research) PhD, jointly 
run by the University of Milan and the University of Turin, is now 
accepting applications for the 36th cycle of studies, starting in the 
fall of 2020.

Applicants will be admitted ONLY with a scholarship. There are 6 
scholarships available for the upcoming cycle.

SOMET is one of the leading sociological PhD Programmes in Italy.

Entirely held in English, its courses, seminars and research activities 
are organised jointly by the University of Milan and the University of 
Turin. Its Faculty also includes sociologists from other Italian and 
international universities.

The Ph.D. programme in Sociology has a longstanding tradition of 
excellence in Italy. It was one of the first to be established after the

1980 university reform and has provided a large number of outstanding 
academic sociologists who have gone on to make significant contributions 
to teaching and research in Italy and abroad.

The aim of the programme is to provide structured and advanced training 
in theoretically-guided empirical research across a wide range of 
sociological fields and to introduce students to current international 
issues in both qualitative and quantitative social research.

The course consists of a three-year programme made of 60 credits per 
year. The first year is devoted to basic training, in conjunction with 
the activities of the Faculty’s interdisciplinary Graduate School in 
Social and Political Sciences. The second year is partly spent in a 
relevant university department abroad and is devoted to the initial 
drafting of the thesis. The third year is entirely spent completing the 

Since 2014-2015, the PhD programme in Sociology and Methodology of 
Social Research (SOMET) has being offering PhD positions for joint 
degrees with two LERU partner universities – *University of Amsterdam* 
and *Lund University*. From 2019-2020 a new partnership will be 
activated with *Vrije Universiteit Brussel*. Several joint-degrees are 
currently active also with several French Universities, among which the 
*Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales* (EHESS) in 
Paris.Graduates will be able to compete successfully for positions as 
researchers (in public and private universities and research centers), 
skilled professionals and consultants in sociology to public agencies 
and international organizations and institutions in Italy and elsewhere 
in Europe.

The research areas covered by the PhD Programme in Sociology and 
Methodology of Social Research (Universities of Milan and Turin) comprise:

**Culture and consumption

**Digital society and the media

**Gender and sexuality

**Migration studies, multicultural societies and citizenship

**Science, technology, environment and urban studies

**Social inequalities and socio-economic stratification

**Social movements, collective action and civil society

**Sociology of family

**Sociology of health

**Sociology of politics, public opinion and voting

**Work and organizations*

The Call for Applications is available here:

IEG Fellowships for Doctoral Students


For IEG Fellowships beginning in March 2021 or later

The Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) awards 8–10 fellowships for international doctoral students in European history, the history of religion, historical theology, or other historical disciplines.

The IEG funds PhD projects on European history from the early modern period until 1989/90. We are particularly interested in projects

• with a comparative or cross-border approach,
• on European history in its relation to the wider world, or • on topics of intellectual and religious history.


The IEG Fellowships provide a unique opportunity to pursue your individual PhD project while living and working for 6–12 months at the Institute in Mainz. The monthly stipend is € 1,350. Additionally, you can apply for family or child allowance.


During the fellowship you are required to reside at the Institute in Mainz. You actively participate in the IEG’s research community, the weekly colloquia and scholarly activities. We expect you to present your work at least once during your fellowship. The IEG preferably supports the writing up of dissertations; it will not provide funding for preliminary research, language courses or the revision of book manuscripts. PhD theses continue to be supervised under the auspices of the fellows’ home universities. We expect proficiency in English and a sufficient command of German to participate in discussions at the Institute. The IEG encourages applications from women.


Please combine all of your application materials except for the application form into a single PDF and send your application to: [email protected]
Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by the referees. You may write in either English or German; we recommend that you use the language in which you are most proficient.

You can download the application form under the following: The IEG has two deadlines each year for IEG Fellowships: February 15 and August 15.

The next deadline for applications is August 15, 2020.

Please direct your questions concerning the IEG Fellowship Programme to Barbara Müller: [email protected]

Doctoral studentships at The Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG)

Diary id: PAR 2020/764Employment level: Fixed termLocation: Department of Journalism, Media and CommunicationApply by: 2020-08-28

The Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG) provides up to two doctoral studentships. JMG is a nationally leading and internationally renowned centre for research on journalism, media and communication. The department’s researchers are divided into five groups doing research on Crisis communication, Journalism, Media institutions and audiences; Organizations and communication as well as Political communication. For more information about the department’s research please see

The aim of the doctoral studentship is for the doctoral student to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to conduct research independently and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline through the production of a thesis. The doctoral student is also expected to develop capacities to pursue continuing scholarly work or other types of qualified professional tasks when the studies are finalized.

The positions are limited to 4 years and carried out on a full-time basis. Exceptions from the latter can granted but the pace of study must never be less than 50 %. The positions may include departmental duties, including teaching, corresponding to up to 20% of full-time over the course of study. If such tasks are required, the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly.


To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet the entry requirements for third-cycle studies (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.40). This is done if (s)he has obtained a master’s degree in journalism or in media and communication studies. The degree must be worth 240 higher education credits (240 ECTS credits), of which at least 60 credits must be at master’s level. Eligible are also applicants with a master’s degree in other subjects worth at least 240 higher education credits (240 ECTS credits), of which at least 60 credits are at master’s level with a master thesis clearly and primarily linked to the area of journalism, media and/or communication. An applicant who has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad can also be assessed to meet the specific entry requirements.

The applicant must be proficient in English at a level that will enable her/him to fully benefit from scientific literature and courses at doctoral level and to actively participate in the doctoral seminars, and international conferences.


To begin the application process for the doctoral program, the candidate must register an account in the university’s recruitment system. The documents are thereafter uploaded in the system. The application must include

  • A CV and copies of academic transcripts verifying that the entry requirements stated above have been met. Evidence of other relevant qualifications.
  • A personal letter in which the applicant outlines his/her interest in research and what s(he) want to accomplish throughout her studies and afterwards
  • A copy of the applicant’s master’s thesis
  • A research outline where the applicant presents the research problem s(he) want to deal with. The outline must include research questions, a theoretical framework and a suggestion for the most suitable method(s) to answer the questions. The text must not exceed 3 000 words including references.
  • If available, academic papers and other relevant works.
  • Two letters of recommendation or contact details to two references who can vouch for the applicant’s merits.

The texts must be submitted in Swedish or English. Any translated versions must be accompanied by the original text.

It is incumbent on the applicant that the application is complete. Additions after the deadline will not be considered.


According to the Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, applicants will be assessed based on their estimated ability to benefit from the doctoral program. The assessment will particularly focus on the applicant’s master thesis and her/his research proposal. To what extent the applicants will pursue research in any of the department’s research groups (see above), the department’s supervisory resources and other scientific outputs produced by the applicant will also be considered.

All applicants will be assessed by a committee headed by the Director of graduate studies and the selection process takes place in two stages. First, the admissions committee reviews the submitted applications and the most prominent candidates are shortlisted. The shortlisted candidates are called to an interview. The final decision is made by the Head of Department. The decision cannot be appealed.

The application period for the doctoral program in Journalism, Media and Communication commences in June 2020 and the final date for submitting an application is 28th of August, 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be called for interviews in the later part of September, the final decision on admissions is made in October, and the new doctoral candidates typically start the program in January 2021. PAR 2020/764

For more information about the program or the admission requirements, please contact the Director of doctoral studies:

Magnus Fredriksson
+46 – 31 – 786 1196
[email protected]

Closing date 2020-08-28

Entry 2021-01-01


Regulations for employment as doctoral student are given in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5. Only applicants who are admitted to doctoral studies can be employed as doctoral student. A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The Appointment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time doctoral studies.

The University applies the current local agreement on the salaries of graduate students.