08/06/2022

EUROPE: 16 PhD positions available in various fields in the MSCA Doctoral Programme GEM-DIAMOND


GEM-DIAMOND is a Marie Curie (MSCA) program that is part of Horizon Europe's mobility scheme. They offer 16 PhD positions in various fields open to MA holders from all nationalities. The international scope of the consortium and the research agenda's focus on global governance means applications from around the world, including from beyond Europe are encouraged.

These 3-Year-long doctoral fellowships are offered as part of a specific collective project within a multiannual international research effort on Globalisation, Europe, and Multilateralism (GEM). These projects (2022-2026), are coordinated by the Institut d’études européennes (IEE) at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), and will assess the EU’s capacity to act given the challenges facing Democratic Institutions, the rise of Alternative MOdels and mounting Normative Dissensus (DIAMOND).
GEM-DIAMOND is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Action - Doctoral Network (MSCA-DN) involving 7 European and 4 international degree-awarding Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) alongside 6 well-established non-academic institutions. The projects will hire and train 16 doctoral fellows to help address knowledge gaps associated with the growing normative tensions undermining multilateral and democratic practice - for further information see www.gem-diamond.eu. GEM-DIAMOND’s overall research program will collectively tackle three shared knowledge gaps regarding contemporary strains on liberal democracy:

  • Objective 1: Conceptualising the seemingly mounting dissensus surrounding liberal democracy.
  • Objective 2: Unpacking the ambiguous role different actors can play as both champions and challengers of liberal democratic norms, values and practices.
  • Objective 3: Assessing the impact of increased dissensus regarding liberal democracy on the policy instruments of the EU and its capacity to act in its internal and external policies.

Selected candidates are held to arrive at their first host institution by the 31st of October 2022 and will be expected to commit full-time to the project for a total of 36-months from at the latest the end of October 2022. Possible extensions are not guaranteed and would be awarded on a case-by-case basis.

Available PhD Positions

The links will provide more detailed information on the position. To apply for any of the positions click the link at the bottom of the page.

  1. PhD POSITION IN POLITICAL SCIENCE & EUROPEAN STUDIES in Brussels, Belgium
  2. PhD POSITION IN POLITICAL ECONOMY & EUROPEAN STUDIES in Paris, France
  3. PhD POSITION IN INTERNATIONAL & EUROPEAN LAW in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  4. PhD POSITION IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS & EUROPEAN STUDIES in Rome, Italy
  5. PhD POSITION IN COMPARATIVE & EUROPEAN LAW in Rome, Italy
  6. PhD POSITION IN SOCIOLOGY & EUROPEAN STUDIES in Cluj, Romania
  7. PhD POSITION IN POLITICAL SCIENCE & EUROPEAN STUDIES in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  8. PhD POSITION IN POLITICAL SCIENCE & EUROPEAN LAW in Copenhagen, Denmark
  9. PhD POSITION IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS & EUROPEAN STUDIES in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  10. PhD POSITION IN INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW & EUROPEAN STUDIES in Rome, Italy
  11. PhD POSITION IN INTERNATIONAL LAW & EUROPEAN LAW in Brussels, Belgium
  12. PhD POSITION IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS & EUROPEAN STUDIES in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  13. PhD POSITION IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS & AREA STUDIES (Europe/Russia) in Brussels, Belgium
  14. PhD POSITION IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS & AREA STUDIES (Europe/Asia) in Brussels, Belgium
  15. PhD POSITION IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS & AREA STUDIES (Europe/ Neighborhood / Eastern Partnership & Mediterranean) in Brussels, Belgium
  16. PhD POSITION IN INTERNATIONAL LAW & EUROPEAN LAW in Geneva, Switzerland

Mobility Rule

GEM-DIAMOND is a Marie Curie (MSCA) program part of Horizon Europe's mobility scheme.  Accordingly, the only criteria imposed on the selection process by the funding authorities is that the withheld candidate engages in "international mobility" when starting their contract. 

In other words, selected fellows are expected to expatriate themselves from their present country of residence and/or activity to a new country of residence when starting their fellowship contract. Besides the mobility criteria, there are no other conditions other than the academic ones (e.g. requisite degrees, quality of the research project, personal CV, etc.). 

The definition of what such an expatriation entails is set out in the MSCA Guidebooks: "[selected candidates] must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months over the past 3 years immediately before their recruitment date" (MSCA, Guidebook).

Residency is understood as the location of one’s main residence whereas one's main activity covers all professional (employed, self-employed), enrolment in education (High School, Ba, MA, PhD), training (internships, traineeships) or fellowships. 

The initial country of each fellowship is spelled out in the associated detailed call. As long as the formal period of residency/activity in said country is shorter than 12 months there is no problem, yet beyond that, the applicant will no longer be eligible for that specific ESR. Please bear in mind, that if the mobility rule blocks you from a given ESR please feel free to consider one of the other fellowships as a possible alternative as they will involve different starting countries. 

Benefits

  • 4000€ Gross per month (48.000€ / year). NB: this is a gross EU contribution to the salary cost of the researcher. The net salary will result from deducting all compulsory (employer/employee) social security contributions as well as direct taxes
  • Full Social Coverage
  • Travel & Research Funds
  • Family Allowance per month - When applicable

Application

Each candidate can apply to only one of the 16 topical Ph.D. Calls for Applications GEM-DIAMOND has published in 2022. As such, candidates are to carefully consider all aspects of each of the 16 Calls for Application (individual research project, wider work package topic, disciplines involved, co-supervisors, mentor, mobility schedule …) and chose the application most suited to them. Applicants’ capacity to identify the Call best suited to their profile is part of the application process.

The working, training and research language of GEM-DIAMOND is English. Your application file must be submitted in English, as it will be evaluated by international experts. Equally, all communication with the GEM-DIAMOND team, listed co-supervisors and mentors is to be in English. The only formal language requirement applicants must meet is a working level of English, all other language skills are an obvious asset but only English is a formal requirement. Knowledge of the local language of the various institutions is at time explicitly listed as an asset as this can facilitate your integration in the local research team but this is never considered an eligibility criterion. Furthermore, on a case-by-case fellows will benefit from PCDP which can include languages courses covering the local languages of hosting institutions.

Candidates must apply through the GEM-DIAMOND online application system, which will request the following information:

  1. A personal profile form (incl. CV overview)
  2. A scientific profile form (incl. ESR’s expression of interest, statement of motivation and personal interpretation of the research project)
  3. A full academic CV
  4. An academic record with scan of the degree qualifications
  5. A proof of language proficiency
  6. Two academic recommendation letters

Application Deadline: July 3rd,  2022

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