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PhD Studies Programme in Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz
Pályáztató:  University of Graz
Határidő:  2014. október 15.
Feltöltve:  2014. szeptember 16., 12:06:05
Célcsoport:  Magánszemélyek (354)
Szakmai terület:  Egyéb (86)
Ország:  Magyarország; Románia

The University of Graz is pleased to announce the Call for Applications for the PhD Programme in Southeast European Studies. The programme was inaugurated with the goal to facilitate doctoral research at the University of Graz with a focus on Southeastern Europe through interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and methodological support of its participants by academic supervisors who all specialize in dealing with region. Conceptualized as a cross-faculty programme, its central aspects are interdisciplinarity and internationality. The programme will serve as an excellence network for research on Southeastern Europe, with successful PhD candidates receiving a regular diploma from the University of Graz in their respective discipline and additionally a certificate confirming their successful participation in the Southeast European Studies programme.

Why Southeast European Studies in Graz?
Intensive research, teaching and strong cooperation characterise the links between the University of Graz and Southeastern Europe, which are reflected in the university-wide focus on Southeastern Europe. The focus on Southeastern Europe is a reflection of geographic proximity, close historical ties to the region and not least the fact that thousands of students from the region have and are studying at the university.

The focus of the university on the region of Southeastern European is based on a long tradition. After all, Graz with its university is long established as a key place to study from and on Southeastern Europe. Well-known writers, researchers and scholars have studied or taught in Graz, such as nobel-prize winner Ivo Andrić or Ljudevit Gaj, the founder of the 19th century Illyrian movement. The Institute of Slavic Studies, founded in 1871, is one of the oldest in the German language region. This orientation towards Southeastern Europe remains a key feature of the university until today.

Since the university set Southeastern Europe as a strategic focus, new research activities and teaching has developed. Thus, the university offers three degree programs focused on the region: LLM in Southeast European Law and European Integration and two Joint Degree Master programmes on the History of Southeastern Europe and in Southeast European Studies.

In addition to the Centre for Southeast European Studies, the Centre for Southeast European History within the framework of the Institute of History, the Institute for Slavic Studies and research groups on Southeastern Europe at the theological and law faculty conduct research and teaching on the region, as do a number of other institutes.

Target group
The programme is conceptualised for all doctoral students who enrol at the University of Graz within the following faculties: Faculty of Arts and Humanities; Law; Business, Economics and Social Sciences; Catholic Theology; and Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education. The only premise for participating in the PhD Studies Programme in Southeast European Studies is that the applicants’ research interest has a direct connection with Southeastern Europe and that they are interested in an interdisciplinary exchange.

The Centre for Southeast European Studies will function as a facilitator and supporter for prospective national and international students who need assistance with the application process for doctoral studies at the University of Graz. Hence, for enquiries about the admission procedure, tuition fees, etc., please contact Dario Brentin (<mailto:>).

Content of the Programme
Research students will participate in four compulsory doctoral colloquia that will take place once per semester. These are held either as intensive block seminars over several days or as regular classes during the semester in either English or German, based on the need of participating research students. Research students will be able to present their current stage of research at least once per semester. In addition, regular optional events and seminars will be held for research students, including the brownbag seminars and the lecture series of the Centre for Southeast European Studies and workshops. Participating students are encouraged to present their research at least once at a brownbag seminar. In addition, further classes will be offered to doctoral students in German and English. The programme will also facilitate and promote research students’ mobility through research stays at international universities and through the invitation of renowned international scholars for teaching and visiting lectures. For more information on present and past activities of the Centre for Southeast European Studies visit:

Since research students at PhD Studies Programme in Southeast European Studies are also regulated within the doctoral curriculum of their respective faculty, they may have to earn additional ECTS points varying from faculty to faculty. For enquiries about specific requirements from each of the afore mentioned faculties, please contact Dario Brentin (<mailto:>).

If you have any other questions or queries, please contact your potential supervisor, or the coordinator of the programme, Florian Bieber:<mailto:>

The following professors and researches with a habilitation are participating in the PhD programme:

1.      Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. theol. Pablo Argárate, Institute of Ecumenical Theology, Eastern Orthodoxy and Patristic Studies; Faculty of Catholic Theology;

2.      Univ.-Prof. Dr. iur. Wolfgang Benedek, Institute for International Law and International Relations/UNI ETC (European Training and Research Center for Human Rights and Democracy); Law Faculty;

3.      Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Florian Bieber, Centre for Southeast European Studies; Law Faculty & Faculty of Arts and Humanities

4.      Univ.-Prof. Dr. iur. Tomislav Boric, Institute for Austrian and International Corporate and Commercial Law; Law Faculty;

5.      Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Ulrich Ermann, Institute of Geography and Regional Sciences; Faculty of Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education

6.      Univ.-Prof. Dr. theol. Basilius Groen, UNESCO Chair for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue in Southeastern Europe, Institute of Liturgics, Church Music and Christian Art; Faculty of Catholic Theology;

7.      Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Renate Hansen-Kokoruš, Institute for Slavic Studies; Faculty of Arts and Humanities;

8.      Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. phil. Klaus-Jürgen Hermanik, Centre for Cultural Studies; Faculty of Arts and Humanities;

9.      O.Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Karl Kaser, Institute of History; Faculty of Arts and Humanities;

10.  Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jörn Kleinert, Institute of Economics; School of Business, Economics and Social Sciences;

11.  Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Andreas Leben, Institute for Slavic Studies Slawistik; Faculty of Arts and Humanities;

12.  Univ.-Prof. Dr. Joseph Marko, Institute for Austrian, European and Comparative Public Law, Political Science and Administration Law; Law Faculty;

13.  Univ.-Prof. Dr. Renate Ortlieb, Department of Human Resource Management; School of Business, Economics and Social Sciences

14.  Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kerem Öktem, Centre for Southeast European Studies; Law Faculty & Faculty of Arts and Humanities

The PhD Programme in Southeast European Studies welcomes applicants who have already enrolled in a doctoral programme at the University of Graz. For information about the admission process at the University of Graz please consult the below-mentioned websites, since the application procedure and requirements vary from faculty to faculty. You can also contact Dario Brentin (<mailto:>) at the Centre for Southeast European Studies for any further questions or queries.

-          General information about doctoral studies at the University of Graz:

-          PhD studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities:

-          PhD studies at the Law Faculty:

-          PhD studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics:

-          PhD studies at the Faculty of Theology:

-          PhD studies at the Faculty of Environmental, Regional and Educational Sciences:

Tuition fees are waived for Austrian/EU students. Tuition costs approximately €745 per semester for citizens of other states but are fully refunded upon successful completion of each semester for citizens of Albania, Belarus Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine. Please note that the University of Graz does not provide financial support – no scholarships are currently available but we encourage students to seek available funding from third parties. For enquiries about tuition fees and the refund process at the University of Graz please contact Alexandra Fauland <mailto:> at the Office for International Relations.

The application requirements and procedure may vary from faculty to faculty, but generally research students’ applications have to encompass following documents/qualifications.

1.      The successful established contact with a potential PhD supervisor at the University of Graz

2.      A written research concept for your doctoral thesis in English or German (2-5 pages)

3.      Certificate/diploma obtained at the undergraduate and post-graduate level (translated into English or German)

4.      Transcript of records obtained at the undergraduate and post-graduate level (translated into English or German)

5.      A summary of your MA thesis (max. 2 pages) (translated into English or German)

The deadline for applications for the Ph.D. in Southeast European Studies for the academic year 2014/2015 is the 15th October 2014.

The application materials are to be submitted to Beate Hainschek <mailto:> by the deadline via email.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Florian Bieber
Professor of Southeast European Studies
University of Graz
Universitätsstraße 15/K3
A-8010 Graz

+43/316/380 6822
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