Fellowships for “Baltic Borderlands” International Research Group

Deadline: 30 September, 2012
Open to: Candidates from the fields of History, Art History, Slavonic and Baltic Languages and Literature, Political Science, Cultural Studies and Systematic Theology
Fellowship: The value of the fellowship is 13,236 Eur (consisting of  1,000 Eur monthly allowance); as well fellows will receive additional grant for books and other materials.


The University of Greifswald has received funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the International Research Training Group “Baltic Borderlands: Shifting Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region” and now invites applications from well-qualified candidates for one of seven PhD studentships. This announcement addresses particularly applicants from history, art history, Slavonic and Baltic languages and literature, political science, cultural studies and systematic theology.

The International Research Training Group was initiated by the University of Greifswald, the University of Lund (Sweden), and the University of Tartu (Estonia) to provide a common programme for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers. Currently, 20 PhD students and 5 post-docs are being trained in Greifswald, Lund and Tartu. In Greifswald, the subject areas offered include history, Baltic and Slavonic languages and literature, psychology, political science, and systematic theology. Over and beyond history, theology, and Slavonic studies in Lund and Tartu, there are also offerings in ethnology, geography, and communication studies.

The starting date of the International Research Group is expected to be from 1st January 2013. The doctoral research fellowships will be awarded to 7 fellows. The fellowship will be awarded for one year and 3 months initially, and can be extended for a further year and nine months after review.

Applications are invited from candidates willing to conduct research relating to one of the following themes:

  • The emergence and transformation of historical borderlands
  • The cultural contexts of cross-border action in borderland areas
  • The economic permeability and persistence of borders
  • New border regimes: The political dimension of border formation and dissolution

The programme of study within the International Research Training Group includes relevant courses held locally at each university as well as tri-national workshops in Greifswald, Lund and Tartu. Furthermore, it is obligatory that each PhD student will spend 6-12 months as a visiting researcher at the partner universities. The costs of such research visits will be covered by a mobility grant awarded in addition to the monthly allowance.


  1. Applicants should hold a good first degree and normally have, or be about to obtain, a Masters qualification in a discipline relevant to the PhD topic.
  2. Exposé for a research project in the above mentioned fields (max. 10 pages)
  3. Good written and spoken English
  4. Knowledge of German, Estonian or Swedish is desirable but not essential.

The willingness and ability of the candidate to participate actively in an international research programme is a precondition. The programme of study is compulsory for all PhD students in the International Research Training Group. The University of Greifswald is committed to increasing the share of women and disabled people within the organisation. Women and disabled people are explicitly invited to apply. Holders of a fellowship are expected to take up residence in Greifswald, Germany.

How to Apply

Applications (with curriculum vitae, copies of educational qualifications and degree thesis, list of publications, a written reference from a university professor, and a research proposal) should be sent to the speaker of the International Research Training Group, Professor Dr. Michael North by 30th September 2012.

For further details:
Telephone: +49 3834  86-33 09
Fax: +49 3834  86-33 33
e-mail: north@uni-greifswald.de

Professor Dr. Michael North,
Speaker of the International Research Training Group,
“Baltic Borderlands:Shifting Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region ”
Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald
Rubenowstraße 2
17487 Greifswald

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