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PhD / research offers for European collaboration

CIVICA unites the research communities of eight leading universities in the social sciences in an integrated European research space built on shared resources, facilities and pools of expertise.

Through various existing and upcoming joint initiatives and opportunities, CIVICA enables doctoral fellows and researchers to exchange on ongoing research, team up for collaborative projects, and network with colleagues working on similar topics. CIVICA’s focus areas in research are:

  • Societies in Transition and Crises of Earth
  • Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century
  • Europe Revisited
  • Data Driven Technologies for the Social Sciences

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

For researchers, CIVICA offers various opportunities for collaboration and exchange to find solutions to current and emerging European challenges. Visit the CIVICA Research hub>>


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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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Doctoral Conference: How to Prepare Yourself for the Academic Job Market

Doctoral researchers from any discipline at the eight CIVICA member universities are invited to apply for a doctoral conference on preparing for an academic career, held on 15-17 December 2021 at the European University Institute, Florence. Deadline: 15 September 2021

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CIVICA Research

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

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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. 


Past opportunities

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Call for papers: special issue Politics and Governance

CIVICA researchers are invited to contribute to a special issue of the journal Politics and Governance on "Gender and Illiberalism in Post-Communist Europe." The thematic issue is edited by Matthijs Bogaards (CEU, head of CIVICA's theme group Democracy in the 21st Century) and Andrea Pető (CEU). 
Submission of abstracts: 1-15 July 2021
Submission of papers: 1-15 March 2022

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CIVICA PhD Panel Series – Summer Edition

PhD researchers across CIVICA are invited to present or to participate as audience at a series of PhD panels on Energy and Climate Policies, the Academic Job Market, Digital Governance, and Political Economy in Times of Crises.

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Call for proposals: Europe Revisited

The editors of the Journal of International Relations and Development invite CIVICA alliance members to propose a forum to reflect on the “Europe Revisited” theme in CIVICA.
Deadline: 15 June 2021

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CIVICA PhD Panel Series – Spring Edition

PhD researchers across CIVICA are invited to present or to participate as audience at a series of PhD panels on International Security, Collaborative Higher Education in the EU and Urban Governance.

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CIVICA Summer School on pandemics and power

Doctoral and early career researchers from the CIVICA network are invited to apply for an interdisciplinary Summer School on "Pandemics and Power: Redefining solidarity after COVID-19." The Summer School has been postponed to 11-15 July 2022. Applications will be open in due time.

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CIVICA Summer School on European integration

CIVICA doctoral researchers from across the social sciences and the humanities are invited to apply for a Summer School on "European integration in historical and contemporary perspective," hosted by the European University Institute in Florence, on 6-9 September 2021. Applications have closed.

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CIVICA PhD Panel Series – Winter Semester

PhD researchers across CIVICA are invited to present or to participate as audience at a series of PhD panels on Data Science and Public Policy, Climate Change and Human Rights, Public Administration and Decision-Making, and EU Legitimacy and Trust.

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PhD Seminar Series on Public Sector Digital Transformation

PhD researchers from the CIVICA alliance can register for one or more of the virtual lunchtime sessions taking place between 25 October - 14 December 2020. 

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PhD Seminar Series on Challenges to Democracy, Anti-corruption, and Global Health

PhD researchers from across the CIVICA network are invited to present their research at one of the upcoming panels.

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Research ethics training

The sessions are designed to provide PhD researchers across the alliance with an understanding of research ethics in CIVICA’s main focus areas.


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Hertie School holds online PhD workshops open to the CIVICA network

During times of digital learning, the Hertie School organised several online trainings to allow PhD researchers to advance their professional and methods skills.

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CIVICA (post)doctoral summer schools: sharing work and fostering interdisciplinarity

Early stage researchers (ESRs) from across the social sciences and humanities will have a unique opportunity to meet peers, share research, and receive input from senior scholars: the 2021 CIVICA summer schools taking place in Italy this year.

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Top scholars discuss public sector digital transformation in CIVICA PhD series

Five recorded presentations on innovation, AI, digital governance, ethics and more from a PhD series hosted by Hertie School’s Centre for Digital Governance and Bocconi University’s Department of Social and Political Sciences are available online.

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CIVICA’s Early Stage Researcher Course Catalogue now online

Early stage researchers attending CIVICA member institutions have a new resource for research training: the Early Stage Researcher Course Catalogue.

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CIVICA: A new chapter in European social science research

Corinna Unger, Professor of Global and Colonial History at the European University Institute, puts CIVICA’s ambitions for early career researchers in historical context.

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