Postdoc Grants

EEGA@future: Postdoc Grants

  • Deadline for submissions: 1 September, 2019
  • Start of funding: between 1 January and 1 April 2020
  • Funding period: min. 1 month to max. 6 months

The Leibniz ScienceCampus “Eastern Europe – Global Area” (EEGA) is committed to developing new research perspectives on Eastern Europe, engaging in knowledge exchange activities on the region with stakeholders, and promoting young researchers. It follows the idea that the multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted examination of processes of globalisation are a key for a better understanding of actual societal developments. The focus is on Eastern Europe’s diverse, tension-filled, and sometimes paradoxical globalisation projects “from within” and “from the outside”, and thus, on the selfpositioning of Eastern European societies under the global condition.
EEGA brings together interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise from researchers affiliated with both universities and research institutes in the Leipzig-Jena-Halle science region. Together with partners from the region, EEGA explores the fields of migration and mobilities; business strategies and political economies; cultural and intellectual perspectives and identities; and political integration in a changing global arena. Overcoming prejudices and clichés, some of which are rooted in the era of the Cold War, and promoting an informed understanding of Eastern Europe in its diverse traditions and positions, developments and (internal) dynamics, are the primary mission.

Call for Applications:
We invite for applications for a research period with the ScienceCampus EEGA in Leipzig, Halle or Jena. The stay may serve the preparation of an application for more extended funding by a national or international science foundation active in the field or a joint publication. Applications must be related institutionally to one of the EEGA partner institutions (ideally through previous personal cooperations or existing agreements) and topically to the research focus of one or more research areas.

The EEGA focuses on five Research Areas:

  • Research Area 1: Mobilities and Migration Regimes in Eastern Europe (Coordination: Judith Miggelbrink and Helena Flam)
  • Research Area 2: The Self-Positioning of Eastern Europe in a New World Order In-The-Making (Coordination: Frank Hadler and Matthias Middell)
  • Research Area 3: Business Strategies and Frameworks of Political Economies (Coordination: Sebastian Henn, Thomas Glauben and Thorsten Posselt)
  • Research Area 4: Cultural and Intellectual Perspectives and Identifications (Coordination: Jürgen Heyde, Yvonne Kleinmann and Stefan Troebst)
  • Research Area 5: Eastern Europe in Times of Europeanisation (Coordination: Gert Pickel and Holger Lengfeld)

Preparatory contact with both the colleague with whom a cooperation is intended and also the respective research area coordinators is required. For contact details see: www.leibniz-eega.de. As EEGA is devoted to interdisciplinary approaches, applications which connect more than one member institution of the ScienceCampus are highly welcome.
The support of visits for the execution of individual research projects unrelated to EEGA activities is not foreseen. The duration of the stay relates to the scope and type of the application or joint publication envisaged. It may not exceed 6 months. Start of funding is possible between 1 January and 1 April 2020.

Commitment:
Scholarship holders are asked to conceptualize, write and finalize a funding application for submission at a national or international science foundation active in the field or to discuss, develop and finalize a manuscript for a joint publication. EEGA disseminates collaborative research results into academia by open access publications and into the public by organising public events and employing social media. For this dissemination the EEGA closely cooperates with the e-journal “Connections” (http://www.connections.clio-online.net/) in mutually profiting collaboration. The ScienceCampus EEGA publishes about two to three “EEGA@connections” issues every year and has its own column “EEGA in dialogue” on the “Connections” website. Successful applicants commit themselves to publish first results of the research done at EEGA in the cooperating e-journal in form of a scientific interview or working paper. Single articles by EEGA Postdoc Fellows shall feature both the discussion of a current state of research as well as the depiction of the specific topic the researcher is currently working on. Scientific interview in the column “EEGA in dialogue” are supposed to give a brief overview of the state of research followed by insights into the research project of the author. The journal’s editors in cooperation with the Steering Committee of the Leibniz ScienceCampus EEGA decide upon the acceptance of submissions for publication and organise the peer-review process.
Postdoc Fellows are kindly invited to present their research focus/project at internal colloquia of the partner institution(s) or at EEGA main events. In case of a successful application approved by a science foundation, the respective research project shall be pursued in cooperation with the EEGA member institutions and EEGA activities. Residency in the Leipzig-Halle-Jena region during the stay at EEGA is binding.

Support:
The Leibniz ScienceCampus EEGA supports successful applicants substantially in form of coaching sessions, individual conversations and integration into the activities of the partner institutions, as well as financially in form of individual scholarships (based on the current rates for research fellowships of the German Research Foundation (DFG)). Fellowships are intended to cover the recipients’ costs of living in the Leipzig-Jena-Halle science region, including travel costs and expenses for research and networking activities during the stay. Scholarships may not be used to supplement grants from other funding organizations or income from employment.

Applications must include:
1. EEGA Application Form  (Download: https://www.leibniz-eega.de/programmes/call-for-applications/)
2. CV (incl. Publication List)

Please submit your application as one PDF (max. 18 pages, 10 MB) to leibniz-eega@ifl-leipzig.de and consider the notes for the specific funding measures the EEGA provides.  

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