The Programme goal:
Programme is to provide support to PhD students of St Petersburg universities at the early stages of their scientific careers allowing them to focus on their research work for 1-3 years (as long as they are PhD students).
The Programme supports PhD students whose dissertations are related to German and European studies, imply field research in Europe and fall into one of main CGES research areas:
- Network Structures in Germany, Europe and Russia (CGES coordinator: Dr. Nikita Basov, St Petersburg State University);
- Creativity, Communities, and Public Spaces in Germany, Europe and Russia (CGES coordinator: Dr. Nikita Basov, St Petersburg State University);
- Civil Society and Participation in Europe and Russia (CGES coordinator: Dr. Elena Belokurova, St Petersburg State University – European University at St Petersburg);
- Europe in World Society (CGES coordinator: Prof. Dr. Andreas Vasilache, Bielefeld University).
Programme year starting date:
Applications are selected by the Steering Committee consisting of CGES Russian and German directors, CGES Scientific manager and CGES research areas coordinators.
First selection stage: applications are reviewed and short list of applicants is formed by the Steering Committee;
Second selection stage: applicants from the short list present their PhD projects and are interviewed by the Steering Committee; then the final selection is made.
Requirements to applicants:
Applicants are to have MA or Specialist in social sciences and on the year of application to the Programme, are to be accepted to one of St. Petersburg universities as PhD students (‘aspirants’), or work on dissertation to obtain the degree “Doctor of Sciences/PhD of St. Petersburg State University” within 1-3 years.
Participation of PhD students (‘aspirants’) in the Programme is possible exclusively under condition the PhD advisor at home university supports it. PhD advisor at home university plays the major role in PhD dissertation preparation and supports the Fellow in all the relevant administrative processes at his/her home university.
Applications for participation in the Programme must include the following documents, submitted in electronic form via e-mail:
- Curriculum Vitae (in English) containing complete lists of scientific publications, presentations at scientific events, and participation in research projects;
- Plan of PhD project (in English, up to 5 pages long) for the whole period of study (1-3 years), including the contents (theory and methodology, research questions, field research and data analysis techniques), schedule of work on the dissertation, description of participation in research projects (if planned), presentations and publications plan;
- A copy of MA/Specialist diploma;
- A copy of MA/Specialist thesis;
- Copies of 5 selected scientific publications;
- A motivation letter (in English), where the main project research question is linked to applicant’s research development;
- A copy of document approving acceptance to one of St. Petersburg universities as a PhD student (for PhD students);
- A letter from PhD advisor characterizing the applicant and expressing support of his/her participation in Programme (for PhD students).
Fellows start getting monthly grants of 500 EUR for the period of one academic year starting from Programme year starting date on the year of acceptance to the Programme and get allocated a 1000 EUR personal travel fund for one calendar year next to the year of acceptance to the Programme, with possibility of prolongation for maximum 2 additional years based on decision of the Steering Committee at the end of each academic year according to the results of Fellows annual assessment.
Fellows get a work place in CGES office at St Petersburg, access to CGES and SPbSU libraries, receive organizational, information (within CGES newsletter and social media news, as well as individually) and advisory support.
During first month of the fellowship Steering Committee assigns each of the fellows a scientific consultant from CGES research areas coordinators, MA SES Programme teachers, or CGES affiliated researchers. CGES scientific advisor gives consultations with regard to the demands of CGES Point system, recommends particular events and projects to the Fellow to participate in, gives recommendations on field research in Europe and collaboration with colleagues in Europe, consult on international publication issues as well as on preparation for the CGES assessment meeting.
During the period of fellowship the Fellows – in consultation with their advisors and CGES Scientific manager – are expected to:
- Work on their dissertations;
- Present their research at international scientific events;
- Participate in CGES research within main GGES research areas according to assignment by CGES Scientific manager, and (optionally) other research projects;
- Conduct field research in Europe;
- Participate in organizing CGES events (conferences, seminars, workshops etc.) according to assignment by CGES Scientific manager;
- Participate in organizing research practices of MA SES students according to assignment by the Head of MA SES;
- Publish results of their research in Russian and international journals, books and conference proceedings;
- Present their PhD project progress (including assessment points collection progress at annual CGES PhD Programme meetings in December. The oral reports are to be supplemented with written reports describing the progress (up to 5 pages) and having attached the available certificates, copies of publications and other proofs of points earned;
- Present their PhD project progress (including assessment points collection progress at annual assessment meetings in June;
- Pass all necessary examinations and studies at their universities.
Artem Antonyuk, St. Petersburg State University
Margarita Kuleva, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Ksenia Puzyreva, St. Petersburg State University