2 PhD fellowships in the field of Caspian Studies (social sciences and economics)

*Call for applications (deadline 10/3/2015)*

*2 PhD fellowships in the field of Caspian Studies (social sciences and

*Tallinn University of Technology, Department of International Relations*


In the frame of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network

*Around the Caspian: a Doctoral Training for Future Experts in Development
and Cooperation with Focus on the Caspian Region **(2015-2019)*

*Funded **by the REA of the European Commission **in the frame of the
Horizon 2020 Programme*

The Department of International Relations, at the Tallinn School of
Economics and Business Administration is looking for perspective candidates
with a background in economics/social sciences and with an interest in the
Caspian region (Russia, Caucasus, Central Asia, Iran). Ideally, they should
know one of the regional languages but willingness to learn it as part of
their fellowship is also acceptable.

Successful candidates will be employed as junior researchers and enrolled
as PhD students to complete a PhD thesis related to one of the following
two topics within the contract period of 3 years.

*Topic 1: The Politics of Welfare, Poverty and Inequality in Central Asia
and the Caucasus*

Topic one is intended to critically engage with Western-based definitions
of welfare and social policies to discuss whether current models of welfare
and neoliberal approaches can be imported to the region or if new
approaches, which offer a nuance of existing theory, show an alternative
way of conceiving social policies in the region. Current works in this
direction have informed a recent special issue of the Journal of Eurasian
Studies that can be found here:


*Topic 2: Making Business around Caspian: Foreign investors between formal
and informal challenges and opportunities*

Topic two will explore different strategies and modes to understand
marketing, business, investment and risk in the Caspian region. Traditional
approaches from economics and political science see dysfunctions of the
system (corruption, lack of rule of law) as temporary and their eradication
as necessary for a healthy business environment in the region. The selected
fellow will be requested to challenge this model by exploring possible
alternative value systems and factors that may help investors, policy
makers and development workers to better understand the local reality.


*Description of the PhD and training programme*

CASPIAN (2015-2019) is an Innovative Training Network that has received 3.8
Million Euro under a Marie Sklodowska Curie Scheme funded by the Research
Executive Agency of the European Commission with the goal of training the
next generation of experts on the Caspian region.

The training will have three main components:

*Academic training*: the students will have to undergo an extensive
academic training. Based at Tallinn University of Technology they will
attend regular network events and will have access to a network of
excellent universities where to receive complementary training.

*Private sector training*: in the course of their fellowship, our fellows
will have the chance to spend a period in one of our partners to get a work
experience and learn how to use academic skills for non-academic sectors.

*Worldwide vision on the Caspian region*: fellows will be encouraged to
spend a research period in one of our non-EU university to gain an
alternative, and non-Eurocentric, vision on the Caspian region.

The successful candidates will be involved in a large training programme
benefiting from participation of the following partners:

*Full partners (beneficiaries)*

*Non-academic partners*

*Academic non-EU partners*

1. Dublin City University (Coordinator)

2. Tallinn University of Technology

3. Oxford Brookes University

4. University of St Andrews

5. University of Coimbra

6. University of Ghent

7. Forschungstelle Osteuropa

1. Eastern Partnership Advancement Centre

2. Kimmage Development Studies Centre

3. Ainouras Research

4. Finnish Institute of International Affairs

5. Centre for Social Studies

6. Levada Centre

7. Transitions online

1. Renmin University of China

2. Jawaharlal Nehru University

3. Marmara University

4. Harvard University

5. Moscow Higher School of Economics

6. Hanyang University

*Eligibility and technical information*

Candidates of any nationality and residence are eligible to apply as long
as they meet the following criteria

Minimal qualifications: candidates must be eligible for doctoral studies
in Estonia and have a Master in a relevant topic completed by Spring 2015

Maximum seniority allowed: candidates must have less than 4 years
(full-time equivalent) of research experience after their Master’s degree.
This means that, from the moment they have completed their Master’s, they
may have held research position but for a total of less than 48 months

Mobility clause: candidates must not have been resident or carried out
activities in Estonia for more than 12 months in the past three years

*To apply *send an application package containing:

Cover letter

Academic CV

Project proposal

Name and contact of three referees who can comment on the applicant
capacities and abilities (please inform them that, if you are shortlisted,
we might contact them asking for a reference)

To: marie.curie.management@gmail.com

The same address can also be used if you need an answer to a specific
question that is not findable on the Marie Curie website or this

*Deadline for receiving the documents is 10 March 2015*


*Information about the Marie Sklodowska Curie actions is available at*



*Financial and other technical information is available at*


*Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration* (TSEBA) at
Tallinn University of Technology has been providing high quality education
in economics and business administration since 1941, greatly benefiting
from being an integral part of Tallinn University of Technology, which is
one of the largest universities in Estonia. TSEBA is generally accepted to
have not only the highest reputation but also the largest student body
studying business at the university level in Estonia. A wide selection of
economics, business and international relations programmes are provided on
bachelor`s, master’s and doctoral levels, all of which benefit from
national and international accreditations and recognition.

*The Department of International Relations* has 22 faculty members who
deal with International Relations and European and/or Asian studies or
closely related fields. There are 3 PhD students and close to 100 MA
students. The Department has participated in the Erasmus, Leonardo and
other European programmes. The Department teaches its programmes in English
and it has recently established a Research Centre for Asian-Pacific
Studies. About one fourth of the student body are international students.
Recent projects of the department include:

Jean Monnet Module in European Integration (2014-2017)

A NATO funded project: “NATO Perception Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific
Region (2014-2016)

The module “Asian Societies, Economy, Politics” funded by the Estonian
Ministry of Education to increase awareness on Asia

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