Call for Applications: One 3-year PhD Scholarship

January 17, 2017

The Central European University invites applications for one PhD scholarship for its new research project Striking from the Margins. The project, which examines religion and state disintegration in the Middle East, is supported jointly by the University and by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

Deadline for applications: February 1st, 2017

For information on the project please visit the website:

The main focus of the project is on Syria and Iraq in the past three decades. The project seeks to connect developments in these countries with those in Arab countries and with global dynamics overall. Applications are invited from PhD candidates with a research proposal and interest in one of the following thematic areas:

1. Reframing religion and the devolution of religious authority to new actors;

2. The atrophy of state functions and devolution of the monopoly of violence, including security functions, to informal patrimonial and private actors as well as to quasi-state structures.

3. The political economy of structural marginalization and socio-economic, cultural and geographical segmentation;

4. Transnational and global jihadist networks and the reconfiguration of the margins;

5. Gender as a transversal perspective cutting across all previous themes.

PhD scholarships will be offered to candidates holding an MA degree who wish to conduct original research within the frames of reference indicated, and who already have experience with and in the region. Students admitted under this scheme will join the PhD programs of CEU’s - Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations or - Department of History (PhD in Comparative History) The PhD candidate will join post-doctoral fellows and members of CEU faculty from across a number of disciplines, along with external colleagues and members of partner institutions, in contributing to this research program. The scholarship will be granted for the period of three years.

The project aims to produce a critical mass of original scholarship that would map novel research domains to produce more convincing analytical results. With specific reference to doctoral students, it aims to foster the production of detailed empirical research with appropriate analytical elaboration that will result in a doctoral dissertation. Apart from fulfilling departmental requirements, the PhD candidate will be expected to attend and contribute to the project’s biweekly internal seminar, participate fully in the life of the project, and help prepare an international conference at the end of the project which will bring in participants from both the research and policy communities and which will result in a major publication. The PhD candidate will benefit from the usual CEU research facilities in place, and will be eligible for support for field research. Stipend The selected PhD student will receive a full stipend for 36 months.

- Letter of intent for participation in the research project Striking from the Margins

- Complete online application:

- Three letters of recommendation

- Copy of Master’s degree in a relevant field

- Research proposal and bibliography

- if applying at the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations: Statement of Purpose and Outline of MA thesis or other substantial academic work

The PhD candidate admitted is expected to acknowledge clearly the CEU and Carnegie Corporation of New York contributions to any work produced under the auspices of this program.

Interested candidates should apply at the desired Department (Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations or the History Department) and via e-mail to

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis and shall not be accepted for consideration any later than February 1st, 2017.

Requests for additional information should be sent to:

Striking from the Margins (
Central European University
Nador utca 9 1051
Budapest, Hungary
Tel: +36 1 327 3000