CfA: OSF Eurasia programme fellowships

Events | | 25-09-2018, 07:45

CfA: OSF Eurasia programme fellowshipsThe University of Tartu (Estonia) announces a call for applications for doctoral candidates and PhD-holding academics in the Social Sciences for a five-month fellowship at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, supported by the Eurasia Programme of the Open Society Foundations. The call is addressed to citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The purpose of the fellowship programme is to enable scholars from the target countries to develop analytical and research skills and build international networks by participating in a five-month resident fellowship programme at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu.


Fellowship period: February 1, 2019– June 30, 2019

Deadline for applications: November 15, 2018


Thematic focus:

The fellowship programme focuses on political and societal transition in Eurasia and Eastern Europe in a comparative perspective. Post-communist transformation processes in the region have produced a variety of political outcomes, ranging from dictatorships to hybrid regimes to consolidated democracies. The record on governance and quality of public institutions is equally mixed: while some countries are plagued by endemic corruption and inefficient governance, others have succeeded in building accountable, open and innovative public institutions. The region remains dynamic, as authoritarian regimes face public demands for democratic change, greater accountability and better performance – and sometimes react by further constraining dissent. In countries that have succeeded in building well-functioning democratic institutions, backsliding remains a possibility, as democratic institutions face economic pressures and are challenged by populists promising simple solutions to complex problems. Finally, transformation processes in Eurasia and Eastern Europe continue to unfold in a complex international environment, and are influenced by external actors pursuing different – and often competing  interests and agendas.

The fellowship programme is premised on the idea that there are valuable lessons to be learned from a comparative analysis of political and societal transition in Eurasia and Eastern Europe, and that such analysis has the potential to lead to better policies and positive change. We invite doctoral candidates and young scholars to propose research projects relevant to this general theme. Specific sub-topics on which the host institution is prepared to provide research supervision include:

• Democracy, democratization, elections;

• State- and nation-building, governance, political institutions;

• E-governance, e-society, e-services, e-voting;

• Ethnic diversity, minority politics and policies;

• Political memory, memory politics, transitional justice;

• Identity, values, public opinion;

• European integration, including the Eastern partnership; other regional integration projects and initiatives;

• International relations in Europe and Eurasia;

• International Political Economy of Transition;

• Energy regimes;

• Sovereignty, security and international order;

• Frozen conflicts and de facto states in Eurasia;

• Baltic transition and reform experiences.


For more information, go to the webpage