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PhD / research offers for European collaboration

CIVICA unites the research communities of eight leading European universities. Our aim is to create an integrated European research space in the social sciences and humanities, built upon shared resources, facilities and pools of expertise.

Through various joint initiatives and opportunities, CIVICA enables doctoral fellows and researchers to exchange on ongoing research, advance their professional and methods skills, team up for collaborative projects, and network with colleagues working on similar topics.

CIVICA's offers at (post)doctoral level include the Early Stage Researcher course catalogue, summer schools, and methods and skills workshops.

For researchers, CIVICA offers rich opportunities for collaboration and exchange around current and emerging European challenges, in particular through CIVICA Research.

(Post)doctoral opportunities

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ESR course catalogue

Explore the classes, workshops and seminars currently on offer for CIVICA Early Stage Researchers (PhDs and PostDocs)

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CIVICA PhD Panel Series - Fall 2021 Edition

Doctoral researchers from CIVICA are invited to join the Fall 2021 series of PhD panels organised by the Hertie School to connect with fellow researchers and senior academics and foster networks of academic expertise across CIVICA partner universities.

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Postdoctoral mobility scheme

Postdoctoral researchers from CIVICA universities are invited to apply for the Postdoctoral mobility scheme, a CIVICA Research programme that enables research visits at other CIVICA institutions.
Deadline: 15 January 2022

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PhD/postdoc initiatives

A podcast series? An essay competition? A collaborative report? The CIVICA alliance is open to bottom-up initiatives from PhDs and postdocs. Find out more and get to know your local CIVICA Ambassadors.

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Research opportunities

CIVICA’s focus areas in research are:

  • Societies in Transition, Crises of Earth
  • Democracy in the 21st Century
  • Europe Revisited
  • Data-Driven Technologies for the Social Sciences
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Call for Research Proposals 2022

Faculty and (post-doctoral) researchers at CIVICA universities are invited to submit proposals for seed funding to apply to larger grants. 
Deadline to apply: 10 January 2022

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CIVICA Research

Read about and find opportunities to get involved in CIVICA Research, our long-term research and innovation strategy, funded under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme.

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Data Science Seminar Series

This bottom-up multidisciplinary initiative focuses on applications and methodologies of data science for the social, political, and economic world. In regular seminars open to anyone interested, data scientists from CIVICA and beyond explore topics in the current public debate.

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PhD Seminar Series on Public Sector Digital Transformation

Outputs from a PhD Seminar Series on Public Sector Digital Transformation held in October-December 2020 in the framework of CIVICA. 


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