[Italy] PhD Scholarships, Universita di Roma “Tor Vergata”

Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”
Pre-selection Announcement for Foreign Students

Pre-selection has begun for foreign students applying for a position in a Doctoral program at Tor Vergata. Foreign citizens who plan to apply to a Doctoral program must submit the pre-selection application form available online at:

Foreign students must complete this form online. They must also submit the following documents by March 30, 2008:

• Cirriculum vitae
• Research proposal
• List of publications

In addition, they must supply the names of two recommenders by completing the form available online at:

The Graduate School will contact recommenders and ask them to provide a letter of recommendation.

Foreign candidates whose application has been accepted will then be invited to take part in a Skype interview with a professor from their desired program of study.

By May 20, 2008 the Graduate School will publish the examination schedule and the list of accepted candidates online at the following address:

The students who participated in the Skype meeting will be informed by email about the final award decisions.

Candidates whose undergraduate degree has not yet been recognized as equivalent to an Italian degree must send a proof of value (“dichiarazione di valore” ), obtainable from the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where the degree was completed. Students who fail to present this proof of value within six months of registration will be excluded from the program.

Foreign candidates who have been awarded the University Scholarship are required to attend the Italian language course scheduled from September 1, 2008 to October 30, 2008. Foreign candidates without the University Scholarship are strongly encouraged to attend this course.

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[Germany] PhD and Postdoc Positions at Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications to its Ph.D. and Post-doc program. The program is funded by the German Excellence Initiative and will commence in September 2008. BIGSSS is an inter-university institute of the University of Bremen (UB) and Jacobs University. BIGSSS builds on the experience and institutional structure of both UB‘s Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) and Jacobs‘ interdisciplinary social-science graduate programs at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) and the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development (JCLL). The program provides close supervision of dissertation work within a demand-tailored education and research framework.

BIGSSS is part of an international network of strong graduate programs. It supports its Ph.D. and Post-doc Fellows in achieving early scientific independence, providing funds for conducting, presenting and publishing their research. The language of instruction is English.

Successful applicants for the Ph.D. and Post-doc Fellowships will pursue a topic in one of BIGSSS’ five Thematic Fields:
Global Integration
Integration and Diversity in the New Europe
Social Integration and the Welfare State
Attitude Formation, Value Change, and Intercultural Communication
Life-Course and Lifespan Dynamics.

21 Ph.D. Stipends/Fellowships
BIGSSS seeks candidates with strong academic abilities and a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in political science, sociology, psychology, law, economics, mass communication or other social science disciplines. We offer Ph.D. stipends of € 1250/month for 36 months, contingent on successful completion of each year.

6 - 8 Post-doc Stipends/Fellowships
We seek candidates pursuing English-language publication projects either from their dissertation (by making findings available to an international audience through a book or journal article) or from a new project. Post-doc stipends of € 1500/month may run from 3 to 12 months. The competition is open to candidates who have received a doctorate in political science, sociology, psychology, law, economics, mass communication or other social science disciplines within the last 5 years, or who can be expected to finish prior to commencing their post-doc stay.

More information as well as lists of required application materials can be found at Non-German students are strongly encouraged to apply. BIGSSS strives to increase the share of women in the university and hence also strongly encourages women to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are equally qualified will be favored. Applications may be sent until 1 March 2008 to the following address:

Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences,
Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau, Founding Dean
Universität Bremen
PF/PO Box 330440
28334 Bremen

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