An international consortium of six universities, led by UCL SSEES, has received 3.5 million Euros for an innovative training network that over four years will train 15 Early Stage Researchers. The project, Delayed Transformational Fatigue in Central and Eastern Europe: Responding to the Rise of Illiberalism/Populism (FATIGUE), is designed to study one of the most pressing issues of our time, the rise of right-wing populism in post-communist Europe (and Europe, more generally).
All Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be enrolled on a PhD programme at one of the six participating universities, coming together as a cohort for a series of training workshops on research design, methodology, research-to-policy/stakeholder engagement and publications. In the second year of the programme all ESRs will spend up to 10 months at another partner university as well as carry out a secondment at a non-academic partner. The consortium is composed of six academic partners and 12 non-academic organizations, whose breadth and calibre make this programme stand out in its field. The partners include
FATIGUE’s training partners include the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Amnesty International, Transparency International, Minority Rights Group, British Library, International Organisation for Migration and Foundation Institute for Strategic Studies.
In the framework of the project, two Early Stage Researchers, ESR3 and ESR6 are recruited.
FATIGUE (Delayed Transformational Fatigue in Central and Eastern Europe: Responding to the Rise of Illiberalism/Populism) is an EU funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network designed to study one of the most pressing issues of our time, the rise of right-wing populism in post-communist Europe (and Europe, more generally). Click here to read the project manifesto.
The project will recruit 15 Early Stage Researchers in six consortium universities (two in Tartu - ESR3 and ESR6), who will conduct research into various aspects of populism/illiberalism and look for strategies liberal democracy may employ to counteract them. An Early Stage Researcher shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his/her research careers and has not been awarded a doctoral degree. Click here to read about the programme structure in detail.
1. Undertake postgraduate research in support of the agreed doctoral research project.
2. To work closely with the academic supervisors to ensure the compatibility of the individual project with the overall goals of FATIGUE.
3. Present and publish research to both academic and non-academic audiences.
4. Attend and participate in academic and non-academic conferences, events and seminars.
5. Attend and participate in all training events and supervisory meetings.
6. To be seconded to other network partners as necessary to fulfil the grant obligations.
7. Prepare progress reports and similar documents on research for funding bodies, as required.
8. Contribution to the delivery and management of the wider Programme, including attending and participating in programme committee meetings.
9. Undertake any other relevant duties as directed by the Programme Director.
The ESRs will be enrolled (after successful recruitment) on a PhD programme in Political Science at the University of Tartu (UT) and is expected to fulfil the curriculum requirements. Please note that the PhD programme in Tartu lasts four years. Click here to read more about the curriculum at UT.
There are specific eligibility criteria that the applicants must meet, these concern the research career, seniority, residence in Estonia, as well as English language requirements. Please see the detailed application requirements in the pdf files for ESR3 and ESR6 above.
An ESR must be in the first four years of his/her research career, which is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited), irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was even envisaged.
Yes, MA students are eligible to apply, provided that they will receive the Master degree before the start of the contract (1 August 2018). They should submit the latest transcript of records from their institution along with the application documents and also inform the committee about the expected graduation date.
The funding is provided by the EU funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network. There will be a fixed contract for three years (full-time) and during this period the salary will be €29,221.56 per annum (before employer and employee deductions). Under these circumstances, the net monthly salary (as of January 2018) would be €1434.7. In addition, the ESR is entitled to a monthly taxable mobility allowance (€600). If applicable, the ESR is also entitled to an additional taxable monthly family allowance of €500.
Please note that the fixed contract is for three years, whereas the PhD studies at the University of Tartu are designed for four years. In the 4th year, the ESR is eligible for a monthly PhD stipend (€660, as of January 2018).
For more information on FATIGUE consortium and other vacancies, please see: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees/fatigue
Contact: Ms Maili Vilson, PhD programme Manager in Political Science at the University of Tartu, maili.vilson [ät] ut.ee, +372 737 6584.