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PRIMO Early Stage Researcher Positions

Scholarship / Financial aid: competitive salary plus mobility allowance

Date: 3 years

Deadline: May 15 / June 15, 2014

Open to: applicants with background in international relations, international political economy, area studies

Announcement follows

PRIMO – Power and Region in a Multipolar Order, a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, invites applications for several positions as Early Stage Researcher (PhD student). PRIMO is funded by the European Commission and involves universities in Germany, the UK, Turkey, China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Russia and Portugal, as well as non-academic institutional participants. It develops innovative research training in the field of International Relations, in particular with respect to the growing importance of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa in international politics and the global economy. The programme combines integrated training workshops and internship opportunities across the network with career opportunities in academia or the private sector.

You can apply for up to three positions simultaniously. Please keep in mind that you only have to provide us a research proposal for your first preference and highlight the other preferences accordingly. Please make also sure to send your full application to the contacts of the possible other preferences.


§ Three year contracts with a competitive salary plus mobility allowance;
§ The opportunity to register for a PhD with excellent universities worldwide;
§ Training in state-of-the-art social sciences’ methods, academic and transferable skills;
§ The possibility to travel to other partners locations for workshops and conferences;
§ Secondment placements and internships with other network’s partners.

Selection Criteria

An outstanding university degree in a relevant field. Candidates should have a background in one or more of the following fields: international relations, international political economy, area studies and new qualitative methods. Fluency in English is expected from all candidates.
Desired qualifications: international research experience and additional language skills. Relevant work experience in one of the BRICS countries will be taken into account.

Eligible Criteria

Candidates must be, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.

Eligible candidates may be of any nationality but must not, at the time of recruitment have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 last years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.


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