Etiket: Scholarship

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL (VUB) Postdoctoral scholarship offer


1 – Company profile

For almost 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you’ll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators, but especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3,500 employees, we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels, an international city with which we are all too happy to be affiliated and around which our four campuses are located.

Our education and research are grounded in the principles of free research with an eye on human progress. We disapprove of every purely authoritative argument and guarantee the free formation of judgement that is necessary for this basic principle to be incorporated in the community.

The VUB is autonomous and managed democratically. As such, we guarantee fundamental freedoms within our university, as well as the right of the university community to be involved in making and checking university policy.

The mission of the university includes:

  • the development, the transfer and the application of high-standing academic education and scientific research, free from any prejudice;
  • community integration of this in a spirit of social compassion;
  • critical development of everyone in light of the responsibilities borne in the community.


The performance of scientific research, or more concretely:


The ERC Starting Grant project “REEL BORDERS” is forming a team of researchers to study imaginations of borders through fiction film. The main questions to be addressed are: (1) What are the cultural imaginations of borders and its insider and outsiders found in fiction film? and (2) How do different societal actors use fiction film to construct, contest, or experience territorial borders? These questions will be answered by looking at three groups of actors (bordering institutions, bordering creatives, and borderlanders) at three borderland cases: the pending border (Ireland-United Kingdom), the fortified border (Spain-Morocco and the Ceuta and Melilla exclaves) and the permeable border (Turkey-Syria). The study will combine archival work with qualitative methods (interviews, content analysis) and participatory filmmaking where borderlanders will make their own short films.

The project is coordinated by Kevin Smets and will be embedded in the Department of Communication Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Although Brussels is the home base of the project, there will be several months of fieldwork required in Northern Ireland, Spain, and South-Eastern Turkey.

Description of tasks

– You are responsible for one of the project’s sub-studies that each focus on a particular group of actors involved in the imagination of borders: bordering institutions, border creatives and activists, and borderlanders

– You play a role in the development of future research possibilities in the line of the project

– You contribute to selected other work packages and sub-studies by assisting with data collection or dissemination

– You assist the team with logistical and administrative support

– You contribute to the project’s visibility by (co-)authoring scientific publications and by updating the website and social media accounts

3 – Job profile

You hold a PhD degree in one of the relevant disciplines

 degree or diploma.

– You can provide a writing sample (published work)

–  You are willing to spend considerable time in the fieldwork sites

– You are willing to engage with new theoretical frameworks and methodologies

– You can work in a team that consists of the other ERC project members as well as the broader research group and department

– You are willing to play an active role in the project management and the development of future research opportunities in the line of the project.

Skills and qualifications

We are looking for highly motivated early-career researchers who want to be part of an international project team. Candidates have a background in at least one of the fields of the project: border studies, film studies, media studies, migration studies. Experience in methods such as qualitative content analysis of media texts, ethnographic fieldwork or participatory and/or visual methods is highly appreciated. Candidates have demonstrated their scientific qualities through publications and participations in conferences. Ideally, candidates have affinity with one of the three border regions studied in the project. Excellent level of English and communication skills are required. Knowledge of Arabic, Turkish or Spanish is considered as an advantage.

You have not had a residence or employment in Belgium for a period exceeding 12 months in the 36-month period preceding the start date of the postdoctoral scholarship.

4 – Offer

As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, you’ll work, every day, in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Our campuses are located in the middle of a green oasis at the edge of the capital city of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. That city centre, with all its opportunities and possibilities, is easily accessed by public transport in less than half an hour.

Depending on your experience and your academic merits, you’ll receive a salary in one of the grades that have been set by the government. Standard inclusions include hospitalisation insurance and the free use of public transport for your home–work commute. And if you prefer to bike to work? There’s compensation for that too. On both[VB1]  campuses, there are extensive sport facilities available to you and childcare facilities within walking distance.

For more information on what it’s like to work at the VUB, go to

6 – Application

Applications can only be made ONLINE

Your application must include the following as a minimum:

  • A concise CV;
  • The academic dossier with all relevant elements;
  • A brief statement of reasons for the candidature, including an explanation of the expansion of future research;
  • Degrees and diplomas.


TitlePostdoctoral scholarship offer
EmployerVrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Job locationBoulevard de la Plaine 2, 1050 Brussels
PublishedOctober 23, 2020
Application deadlineUnspecified
Job typesPostdoc   
FieldsEthnology,    Media and Communication Studies,    Film Studies,   Cultural Studies  

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:

MESA Global Academy Scholarships

he MESA Global Academy is an interdisciplinary initiative of the Middle East Studies Association of North America designed to sustain essential research collaborations and knowledge production among MENA-focused academics by providing competitive scholarships to displaced scholars from the MENA region currently located in North America. 

The MESA Global Academy is thrilled to announce a call for applications for scholarships for the academic year 2020-2021. The Global Academy will award up to 12 scholars a $5,000 award to further their research and collaboration with MENA-focused scholars in North America. The Global Academy will support up to six scholars working in the area of governance, accountability, and the rule of law, and six scholars working on fairness and economic equality. The Global Academy conceives of these two areas in interdisciplinary terms, and invites scholars to apply from the humanities and social sciences, from comparative literature, history, and Islamic studies to political science, anthropology, economics, and beyond. Please see below for descriptions of the topic areas.   

Global Academy scholars will be required to attend six virtual research workshops hosted by partner universities in their area of focus. Each must present their research at one workshop and serve as a discussant at another; other engagements are welcome and encouraged. The scholars will also be required to attend two professional development workshops offered by the Global Academy and at least two other professional development events hosted by Global Academy partners. In addition, scholars will be sponsored to attend and participate in at least one MESA Annual Meeting (currently scheduled for October 2020 and November 2021). 

Areas of Focus 

Governance, Accountability, and the Rule of Law

This research cluster focuses on the potential for rule of law enhancement and governance reform in the MENA region following the Arab uprisings. Topics connected to this thematic cluster include, but are not limited to: judicial independence; designing anti-corruption reforms; decentralization and increased participation; equity and inclusiveness in public service delivery; impartial law enforcement; and transparency and accountability promotion within the administrative state.

Fairness and Economic Equality

This research cluster focuses on the demands for socio-economic justice emanating from a region that is marked by an unprecedented degree of socio-economic inequality, a youth bulge, and high levels of unemployment. Topics to be addressed in this cluster include, but are not limited to: socio-economic demands in the region and increasing present-day inequalities; constitutional protections for socio-economic rights; preventive health services; inter-generational poverty; labor markets; education and social mobility; youth employment; food and water insecurity; environmentally sustainable social development; expanding access to basic services; trends in public expenditure for infrastructure investment; and the relationship between sustainable development goals and social justice.


Applicants must 1) hold a PhD or equivalent in a field in the social sciences or humanities; 2) have been primarily affiliated with an institution in the MENA region prior to displacement; and 3) have a publication record indicating scholarly productivity (in English, French, their native MENA language, or principal research language of the field).

The deadline for applications is July 31, 2020. 

To apply for a Global Academy 2020-2021 Scholarship, please click here.

You may reach out to Mimi Kirk, Program Manager, at with any questions about the Global Academy or technical difficulties with the application process. Thank you and we look forward to reading your application!
MESA Global Academy

6 Short-Term Scholarships in the integrated graduate school of the CRC from 1 July 2020

At the University of Siegen, as of 1 July 2020 the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1187 „Media of Cooperation“ offers

six Short-Term Scholarships

to promote the work of early-carrier researchers. The duration of the scholarships is 6 months. A longer-term collaboration with the goal of a doctorate within the CRC is envisaged. The basic amount of the scholarship is based on the maximum rate of the DFG (1.365,- EUR). In addition, an allowance for material expenses and, if applicable, a child allowance will be paid. The allocation of the fellowships is subject to the release of funds by the DFG.

The University of Siegen is an innovative and interdisciplinary university with almost 20,000 students, about 1,300 scientists and 700 employees in technology and administration. With a wide range of subjects ranging from humanities and social sciences to economics and natural and engineering sciences, it provides an outstanding teaching and research environment with numerous interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research projects. The University of Siegen supports a wide range of opportunities to combine work and family life. It has therefore been certified as a family-friendly university since 2006 and offers a dual career service.

Önemli Not: “Ilk etapta 6 aylik olarak düsünülen bu burs imkani, ilgili arastirma merkezindeki Media Coop CRC) calisma alanlarinda doktoraya devam etmenin kapisini aralamak amaclidir. Daha spesifik bilgi icin su anda ayni üniversitesinde calismalarina devam eden Asli Telli`yle ( iletisime gecebilirsiniz.”