EUCACIS PhD Support Programme

Deadline: 16 May 2016
Open to: doctoral students from the Caucasus and Central Asia
Scholarships: EUR 300 per month for three years and a travel grant of up to EUR 500


CIFE and the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) start the PhD Support Programme “The EU, Central Asia and the Caucasus in the International System (EUCACIS). Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and the Erasmus+ Programme, it offers scholarships for three years to twelve excellent postgraduates who are working on a doctoral thesis in political science, contemporary history or economics on a topic of the programme’s focus at a university in the Southern Caucasus or Central Asia (including Afghanistan, the Kashmir region in India, and the autonomous region Xinjiang in China).

It is the objective of the EUCACIS programme to provide intensive PhD research training for its participants to bring them closer to international standards, to support them until they submit their doctoral theses, and to help them establish their own networks with other young researchers in the target regions and in Europe. This will be achieved through four international conferences (in Almaty, Berlin, Yerevan, and Bishkek); three PhD schools in Berlin, Yerevan and Istanbul; two research training stays; and continuous online coaching.


The programme is open for postgraduates who have started to work on a PhD or an equivalent degree at a Central Asian or South Caucasian university in the fields.


Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and the Erasmus+ programme, the EUCACIS PhD Support Programme offers scholarships of EUR 300 per month for three years and a travel grant of up to EUR 500 for field research.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill out the application form and send it via e-mail to latest by 16 May 2016 The application should be a single PDF file, not exceeding 10 MB.

In the first round candidates will be pre-selected on the basis of the submitted documents. For the second round applicants have to be available for Skype-based interviews during June 2016. In the third round, selected applicants will be invited to the opening conference in Almaty (Kazakhstan) at the end of August 2016. 

For more information, please visit the official website.

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