Caucasus Studies PhD Program at Jena, Germany

Deadline: 31 August 2013
Open to: candidates with fieldwork experience in the North or South Caucasus, an MA thesis on a Caucasus-related topic, and/or graduate training in sociocultural anthropology
Scholarship: based on TV-L, ½ position plus travel expenses for fieldwork


The Caucasus Studies Program at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena calls for applications for two three-year PhD positions to be funded by the European Commission. The project is due to start on 1 October or November 2013 and run for three years, which is also the period of funding for the two positions.

The PhD students will be expected to participate in the activities of the international research project entitled CASCADE – Exploring the Security-Democracy Nexus in the Caucasus, coordinated by the Maison des Sciences de l`Homme in Paris.

The research focus of the PhDs:

  1. Female labour migration from Georgia to Greece (or a comparable topic);
  2. Regional development and land privatisation in the South Caucasus

The candidates are expected to spend one year in the field, and other two years in residence at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. Both PhD students should reside in Jena during their time in Germany, or spend at least three working days per week in Jena. Activities which are part of the workload covered by the stipend include one year of fieldwork, writing, taking part in project meetings, disseminating activities, and the coordination of research activities. For the latter task they will be assisted by a student assistant. During their residence in Jena, the PhD students are also expected on occasion to teach a seminar in the Caucasus Studies Program and/or lead a student excursion to the Caucasus.


  • Fieldwork experience in the North or South Caucasus, an MA thesis on a Caucasus-related topic, and/or graduate training in sociocultural anthropology or a related discipline will enhance the chances of the applicant
  • Fluency in English, Russian and/or another language prevalent in the Caucasus required
  • Command of German language is preferable, but not a requirement

Given equal qualification, applications from disabled persons will be considered preferentially.


The PhD positions will be funded by European Commission (subject to the final agreement of the Commission). The travel expenses for fieldwork will also be covered.


Interested candidates should submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter with name, address and current position of the applicant, including a description of the candidate’s MA topic, research interests, accomplishments, and plans
  • A brief project outline (not more than three pages)
  • A recently published article on a relevant topic
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names, positions, institutional affiliations and contact information for two references

Electronic submission of all materials as PDF files is strongly encouraged.  The materials should be sent to no later than 31 August 2013.

PD Dr. Florian Mühlfried
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Bereich Kaukasiologie
Philosophische Fakultät
Jenergasse 8
D-07743 Jena

Read the official call HERE and visit the official website of the University HERE.

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