PhD in Migration and Diversity, Belgium

Deadline: 14 June 2011
Open to: holders of a MA degree with good study results
Grant: approx. € 1,700 net per month + contribution towards social security/insurance

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is calling for applications for a full-time doctoral researcher. Prospective PhD candidates are hereby invited to submit research proposals on policy relating to Immigration, Immigrant Integration and Cultural Diversity (political science or other social science) as they relate to European Studies.

Research projects should be in line with the IES research strategy that focuses on the EU in an international context.


The successful candidates will have an MA degree with good study results. They will be fluent in English and have a thorough knowledge of European policy in the field. They will be selected on the basis of the quality of the project proposal and their expertise and qualifications.

Research Grants

The successful candidates will receive a research grant for one year (renewable on an annual basis up to four years in total). Extension of the contract is subject to the agreement of the doctoral committee. Remuneration is at the level of a full time research assistant at a Flemish university (i.e. approx. € 1,700 net per month) and includes contributions for social security/insurance. Secondary employment is not allowed.

Application Procedure

Applications should include the following:

* completed application form (form can be downloaded here)
* a full CV, including a list of publications where appropriate
* a project outline (eight pages maximum) addressing, at minimum: research question/hypothesis; how the project relates to the existing academic discussion; methods and data to be used; time planning
* two reference letters
* a copy of the most recent diploma
* transcript of academic grades from the last year of study
* one recent sample of academic writing.

The IES requires that at least one (co)promoter of the project be from the VUB. The IES may assist successful candidates in finding a suitable (co-)promoter at the VUB. Co-promotership from other Belgian or foreign universities is encouraged. Successful candidates are expected to base themselves in Brussels, to work at the IES. Office space and equipment will be provided along with a budget for travelling and other research-related expenses.

The deadline for applications is: 14 June 2011 (for the post to be taken up as of 1 October or as early as possible thereafter). Short-listed candidates will be informed in mid-July and interviews with top-listed candidates are expected to take place early September.

Applications need to be addressed to:
the IES Academic Director,
Insitute for European Studies,
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels,
Fax 02/614.8009.
Email: [email protected]

The official webpage.

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