Category Archives: Call for Applications

CFA – 2020 Young Researcher Fellowships at CEFRES (France & Visegrad Countries)

Call for application for 2nd year and above PhD students from France and the Visegrad countries 

Deadline for submission: 31 March 2020
Duration: 1 September 2020 – 31 August 2021

CEFRES offers year-long fellowships at the center to 2nd year and above PhD students from France, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Fellows’ research should contribute to one of CEFRES’s research areas. The amount of the fellowship is 20 000 CZK per month during 12 months. Good command of English is mandatory, command of French is appreciated. The selected PhD fellows will join CEFRES team and take part in the center’s scientific life.

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CEFRES 2020 Platform PhD Fellowships

Call for applications for 2nd year and above PhD students at the Charles University or the Czech Academy of Sciences

Deadline for submission: 31 March 2020 (5 pm)
Duration: 1 September 2020 – 31 August 2021

In the frame of its Platform, CEFRES offers a year-long fellowship to PhD students enrolled at the Charles University and/or working as fellows at the Academy of Sciences in the Czech Republic. Fellows’ research should contribute to one of CEFRES’s research areas. The amount of the fellowship is 10 000 CZK per month during 12 months. Good command of English is mandatory, command of French is appreciated. The selected PhD fellows will join CEFRES team and take part in the center’s scientific life. Continue reading CEFRES 2020 Platform PhD Fellowships

Call for Applications: Czech Interns from FF UK at CEFRES

It is possible to apply at any time of the academic year. The applicants must be French and/or English speakers.

Within its cooperation with the Faculty of Arts of Charles University, CEFRES can welcome MA or PhD students from this faculty as interns starting from the academic year 2016-2017. Internships last from one to three months and grant ECTS credits in the student’s curriculum (1 month-4 ECTS, 2 months-8 ECTS, 3 months-12 ECTS).

Candidates must have a good level in French and/or English and preferably be studying French / English philology or translation. However, students from other social and human sciences can also apply.

The intern’s tasks are based on an agreement between the intern and his/her tutor at CEFRES, who will provide the intern with advice and support all through the duration of the internship. A workstation at CEFRES will be provided to each intern and the intern has full access to the library.

The intern’s tasks consist in helping in the day-to-day administration of the institution, which includes, but is not limited to, updating CEFRES website and social networks, translating between French / English and Czech, working at the library and taking part in the organization of the center’s scientific events.

The interns are required to write in French / English a report on their experience at CEFRES. This report will allow the tutor to evaluate the professional training acquired by the student at CEFRES. After the end of the internship, the intern will receive an evaluation form from his/her tutor.

Application package must be sent in both languages: French / English and Czech and include:

  • a CV
  • a cover letter explaining your project and your expectations in terms of learning and training, and stating the period of internship required

For questions on the application procedure, contact Ms Adéla Landová:
tel.: +420 224 921 400

CFA: one funded PhD Position – “Justice, law and politics of history in Central Europe and/or South East Asia”

Sciences Po Paris is looking for a PhD Candidate to join the “Justice, law and politics of history in Central Europe and/or South East Asia” project funded by the CNRS.

This doctoral thesis will question, from a multidisciplinary perspective, the relationships between justice, law and history (the latter being considered as a sector of public action). The research work may contribute to a diversity of fields, including the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of the public uses of the past and/or the sociology of public action. A consideration of issues of temporalities and spatial differences will be needed. The project should lie at the intersection between political science, history and area studies. Mastering one of the Central European languages is requested, and if fieldwork includes a country in Asia, the idiom of this country should also be mastered.

A least three issues will be explored: the judicial writing of history; historians in the courtroom; the place of judicial matters in the public policies of history – in particular war crime trials and/or trials against political opponents. A consideration of the legal and institutional frameworks within which history is written will combine with a reflection on the political and social uses of history.

In the selection of case studies and the devising of research methods, the student will build upon the literature on entangled history, connected histories, and global history. The time frame of the topic will be closely tied to the construction of cases. Empirical research may focus on any segment of the 20th century.

Working Environment

The selected candidate will enrol in Sciences Po Paris’ doctoral programme and will be part of the Political science doctoral school. The doctoral student will work within the Center for International studies (CERI Sciences Po), CNRS, UMR 7050.

CERI is a multidisciplinary centre for research in the social sciences and humanities that brings together specialists of Russia, Central and Southeast Europe, and Asia – among others.

The PhD will be supervised by Dr. Habil. Nadège Ragaru, Sciences Po (CERI-CNRS).

The doctoral student will take part on the collective life and research activities of the center. 

Constraints and Risks

The doctoral contract includes an obligation to conduct fieldwork. The doctoral student will spend at least three months per year doing field research in order to collect empirical data (through participant observation, interviews, etc.). During these periods, the student will be hosted by the Centre français de recherches en sciences sociales (CEFRES), in Prague, Czech Republic. CEFRES is part of the network of French research institutes abroad (UMIFRE). It offers administrative and logistical support and constitutes a stimulating scientific environment, connected with both local and regional research networks. Depending on the case studies chosen, fieldwork in other countries may be required.


  • The candidate must hold a Master’s Degree in social sciences (history, anthropology, sociology, political science) with a specialization in Central and Southeast European studies and/or South Asian area studies. He/she must not be enrolled in another doctoral programme. Mastering one of the languages of Central Europe, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe is requested, and if fieldwork includes a country in Asia, the idiom of this country must also be known.
  • The doctoral thesis can be written in French or in English.


  • The PhD is funded. The selected PhD candidate will sign a “contrat doctoral” granting 2135 euros (gross salary) per month for a period of three years from 1st of October 2019 to 30th of September 2022.
  • The PhD is funded by the CNRS and is a CNRS doctoral contract.
  • The PhD candidate will conduct his or her work based at the CERI – Sciences Po in Paris, France.


All applications for the funded PhD position within the framework of the CNRS-funded project have to be made – exclusively by email – to the following address:

Only complete applications will be reviewed.

The candidates will apply for thePolitical Science Doctoral Programme.

Please include in the subject of your email: CNRS Project “Justice, law and politics of history in Central Europe and/or South East Asia”

Applications requirements are available on the Doctoral school website:

Attention: You must include the following documents in your application:

  • A thesis project in PDF or Word format (2,000 to 5,000 words maximum)
  • A synopsis of your thesis project (two pages) in PDF or Word format
  • Two academic recommendation
  • A CV
  • Proof of identity
  • A copy of the last completed degree (for the PhD in political science, highest honours on the Masters thesis is required) 
  • Transcripts
  • A signed letter from Nadège Ragaru, indicating that she accepts to supervise your thesis and a letter from the CERI Director indicating that he accepts to host you in the research unit. 

Special deadline

The applications are open till the 9th of September 2019 midnight.

Candidates might be contacted for Skype interview between the 10 and 20 of September 2019.

For all questions regarding the project and the academic profile please contact:

For further information about the CERI, see:

For further information about the Doctoral school, see:


Two post-doctoral positions at CEFRES co-funded by the Charles University

Deadline for submission: 2 August 2019
Period: 1st January 2020—31st  December 2021
Application Language: English
Address for submission: (please copy the email to

Two post-doctoral researchers will be recruited from 1st January 2020 for two years at CEFRES. They will be both affiliated to CEFRES and to a relevant department for their research at Charles University. Both post-doctoral researchers will be recruited on the basis of the quality of their research project. The results will be published in October 2019. 

1. CEFRES research areas

The first post-doctoral position is intended for researchers whose research project can be part of one of CEFRES’s three research areas:
Research area 1 – Displacements, “Depaysements” and Discrepancies: People, Knowledge and Practices
Research area 2 – Norms & Transgressions
Research area 3 – Objects, Traces, Mapping: Everyday Experience of Spaces
For equal scientific quality, preference will be given to a project on the social, economic and political transformations of contemporary Central Europe.

2. Research project: TANDEM program

A specific competition to recruit a second post-doctoral researcher whose work covers one out of three possible topics listed below. The selected candidate will work in association with a researcher from the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) and a researcher assigned by the CNRS within the frame of the TANDEM program.

Topic 1: “Adverbial Experience: The Aesthetics of Contemporary Czech and French Art”

This research project will associate the post-doctoral researcher with CAS researcher Tomáš Koblížek (Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences).
Description: The project will focus on contemporary art (literature, music, plastic art, photography etc.) from the perspective of today aesthetics. The candidate will work in the domain of aesthetics and/or the history of art.

Applicants may contact Mr. Koblížek before applying for any relevant questions on their application at Koblizek [at]

Topic 2: “Peace and Environment: Alain Touraine, Eastern Europe and Analysis of Social Movements under Communism”

This research project will associate the post-doctoral researcher with CAS researcher Doubravka Olšáková (Institute of Contemporary History of the CAS).
Description: Candidates from across social sciences and humanities are invited to explore social movements in Eastern Europe in the second half of the 20th century. They can also dedicate their research to Alain Touraine’s research under the perspective of sociology or history of science.

Applicants may contact Ms. Olšáková before applying for any relevant questions on their application at olsakova [at]

Topic 3: “ The Europe of Resentment and Rubble: a Confederation of the Vanquished?

This research project will associate one post-doctoral researcher with CNRS researcher Michèle Baussant (Institute of Political Social Sciences, University Paris Nanterre).
Description: Mapping interior frontiers, silenced pasts and living memories of displaced post-imperial (European) minorities (ie. Sudeten and Bukovina Germans, Ukrainians from Poland, Italians from Istria, Europeans of Algeria…). 

Applicants may contact Ms. Michèle Baussant before applying for any relevant questions on their application at michele.baussant [at]

Application Package

Applicants must submit the complete application package consisting of the following elements:
The application form duly filled in: download HERE. The application form includes the description of the research project which must:

  • specify the name of the TANDEM research project or the CEFRES research area you want to apply to and explain how your research befits it.
  • include an explanation on the methodology and inputs of your own research, as well as a selected bibliography (max. 1 page-long)
  • include expected outcomes (publications, conferences, and so forth).
    • A letter of reference from the former PhD supervisor: download HERE. The letter must mention the title of the PhD, the date of defence etc.
    • A detailed CV
    • A list of publications
    • A copy of the PhD diploma

Application packages must be submitted by 2 August 2019 electronically in an email entitled “YOUR LAST NAME_CEFRES-UK” at: (send a copy to his assistant: Please send the application form in both PDF and as a Word-document. Applicants are welcome to contact the PIs of the research projects they apply to before sending their application.

Eligibility Criteria

  • be high-level young researchers from abroad (non-Czech), who defended their PhD no more than 10 years prior to the application deadline in a university outside the Czech Republic
  • conducting a research befitting one of the research projects described above (or CEFRES research areas)
  • good command of English is mandatory

Framework of the Charles University (UK) and CEFRES co-financed post-doctoral position

As a partner of CEFRES Platform, Charles University recruits two high-quality post-doctoral research fellows who are non-Czech and you have defended their dissertation outside the Czech Republic. They will be assigned to CEFRES, within the frame of the Charles University’s International Post-Doc Research Fund. These two positions are renewable one-year fixed-term contracts and start on 1 January 2020 at CEFRES. The gross monthly salary is 32 000 CZK. UK-CEFRES post-doctoral researchers will be affiliated to both CEFRES and a relevant department of one of the faculties in social sciences and humanities of the Charles University according to their main discipline. They are expected to:

  • contribute through their own research to the research project they apply to
  • take part in the scientific life of CEFRES
  • submit a yearly report on their research advances to the director of CEFRES
  • come to live in Prague from 1 January 2020.

Calls for applications has been published on Charles University’s website. CEFRES will be amongst the hosting institutions of the University Post-Doc Research Fund.

CFA: TANDEM Program, CNRS / AV ČR, 2020-2022

This year, the French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences in Prague (CEFRES, USR CNRS 3138), CNRS, and the Czech Academy of Sciences (AV ČR) are launching the second call for applications for the “TANDEM” incubator program. “TANDEM” is a program of the CEFRES Platform and endeavors to excellency in social sciences and humanities.

The aim of the TANDEM program is to associate two researchers, one from the AV ČR, one from the CNRS (French National Research Center), around a joint research project leading to the submission of an ERC project (Synergy grant, but also Starting, Consolidator, or Advanced grant).

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