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CfA: Two Post-Doctoral Positions at CEFRES – Charles University


Deadline for submission: 23 August 2017
Period: 1 January 2018—31 December 2019
Application Language: English only
Address for submission:

Selected post-doctoral researchers will be informed on 2 October 2017. 

Two post-doctoral researchers will be recruited from 1 January 2018 at CEFRES with the support of the Charles University. They will be both affiliated to CEFRES and to a relevant department at Charles University. Each one will work on their individual research and in cooperation with a senior researcher of the center within the frame of a collective research project. Applicants must select one of the projects below.
Both post-doctoral researchers will be recruited on the basis of the quality of the research they conduct and their befitting the research programs they intend to join.
Research project 1: “Archives and Interculturality”
This research project will associate one post-doctoral researcher with CNRS researcher Benedetta Zaccarello.
Description: Candidates should be trained on and familiar with research on autograph manuscripts, notably on archives relevant to philosophy and the history of thought. We encourage applicants whose approach emphasizes the historical, textual and intercultural value of those documents, focusing on multilingual corpus inspired by or dealing with different traditions, both in space and time. An interdisciplinary approach is preferred, as well as some experience in the field of the edition of unpublished texts and in the methodology of genetic criticism.
Applicants may contact Mrs Zaccarello before applying for any relevant questions on their application. Please write at:
Research project 2. TANDEM post-doctoral position

A specific competition to recruit a second post-doctoral researcher is open for competition on one out of three possible topics listed below. He/She will work in association with a researcher from the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) within the frame of the TANDEM program.

Topic 1: “Cosmopolitics of Hunt: Bringing Europe into Perspective”

This research project will associate one post-doctoral researcher with CAS researcher Luděk Brož.
Description: Candidates across social sciences and humanities are invited to explore how “wild species” have featured in human lives, and vice versa, in dynamically changing socio-environmental contexts. Successful applicants are expected to develop their own niche of empirical inquiry and, using methodology aligned with their respective disciplines, focus on “wild species” – human relationships as both a topic in its own right, and a strategic viewpoint on other issues of social and academic relevance. The supported candidate should be ready to engage in reflexive interdisciplinary collaboration.
Applicants may contact Mr Brož before applying for any relevant questions on their application. Please write at: 

Topic 2: “Denaturalisation and refugees in Europe in the first half of the 20th century”
This research project will associate one post-doctoral researcher with CAS researcher Michal Frankl.
Description: The project aims to develop a comparative perspective on large-scale denaturalisations in Europe in the first half of the 20th century and to probe the intrinsic connection between the status of the citizen and the position of the refugee. The applicant will show interest into research on citizenship, statelessness and/or refugees and should have background in historical and archival research (but an interdisciplinary combination with related disciplines is also possible and encouraged). Within the project s/he will be tasked with assessing existing body of research, working with the PI to develop the project methodology and conducting original research on mass revocations of citizenship and refugee policies. S/he should demonstrate interest in comparative history and explain his/her ability to contribute to a European comparative project (for instance, but not limited to, knowledge of the French and/or other national/regional contexts and languages).
Applicants may contact Mr. Frankl at with questions pertaining to the research project and the application.

Topic 3: “Islamic Activists in Exile: Europe, Middle East and South-Asia”

This research project will associate one post-doctoral researcher with CAS researcher Giedre Sabaseviciute.
Description: Candidates will be expected to contribute to the project on the contemporary exiled Islamic activists in European, Middle Eastern and South-Asian cities. The project aims to research the ways in which the experience of exile affect the trajectories of activism, focusing on how different national context influence their career choices, which vary between the continuation of activism, involvement into different causes, or disengagement. Possible research topics include but are not restricted to 1- circulation of ideas, norms and activism through human networks; 2- patterns of activist network formation; 3- relationship between the exiled activists and their host countries; 4- continuities and ruptures in individual trajectories of activism. Candidates are expected to have conducted their doctoral research in one of the regions covered by the project (The Gulf, Turkey, South-Asia), to be proficient of one of its languages (Turkish, Arabic, Malay), and have an important knowledge of the fieldwork. Interdisciplinary approach is preferred, as well as some experience in ethnographic and biographical research, media studies, and discourse analysis.
Applicants may contact Giedre Sabaseviciute before applying for any relevant questions on their application. Please write to:

Application Package

Applicants should provide the following documents:

  • The application form duly filled in: download HERE. The application form includes the description of a research project. The research project must:
    • specify the name of the research project you want to apply to (for ex. “Archives and Intertextuality”) 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 outcomes (publications, conferences, and so forth).
  • A letter of reference from the PhD supervisor: download HERE. The letter must include a statement from the PhD supervisor (mentionning topic of the PhD and whether candidate was successful with it, and so forth)
  • A detailed CV
  • A list of publications
  • A copy of the PhD diploma

Application packages must be submitted by 23 August 2017 electronically in an email entitled “YOUR LAST NAME_CEFRES-UK” at: 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • be high-level researchers from abroad, 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
  • good command of English is mandatory

Framework of the Charles University and CEFRES post-doctoral position

As a partner of CEFRES Platform, Charles University recruits two high-quality post-doctoral research fellows from abroad, to become researchers at CEFRES, within the frame of the Charles University’s International Post-Doc Research Fund. The gross monthly salary is 32 000 CZK and a fixed-term contract will be signed between each post-doctoral researcher and CEFRES. 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 to the director of CEFRES
  • come to live in Prague from 1 January 2018.

Calls for applications will be published on Charles University’s website on 1 July 2017. CEFRES will be amongst the hosting institutions of the University Post-Doc Research Fund.


CfA: AV ČR – CNRS TANDEM Program 2018-2020

The Czech Academy of Sciences (AV ČR) and CEFRES/CNRS are launching this year a new research program called TANDEM based on the CEFRES Platform’s cooperation and endeavor to excellency in social and human sciences.

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 (starting, consolidator, advanced…).
The first TANDEM team will start its work from February 2018 for 2 years. It will be based at CEFRES. ERC projects can be submitted once per year during the appointment of the team at CEFRES.

The constitution of the TANDEM team is planned according to the following agenda

23 June 2017: deadline for 1st round applications for the AV ČR researchers with the support of the director of their institute to the Odbor podpory vědy Kanceláře – AV ČR, Národní 3, 117 20 Praha 1. Please find the file for application here:
Please find the letter sent to all Section 3 institutes here:

The AV ČR researcher of the TANDEM team will be appointed an extra 50% of his/her work time (0,5 pracovního úvazku) at CEFRES with an extra-salary. He/She will choose the CNRS researcher of the team. He/She may also recruit a post-doctoral researcher cofunded by CEFRES and the Charles University.

30 June 2017: selection of 3 applicants by a selection committee composed of representatives from the AV ČR, CEFRES and CNRS. The preselection will be based on the excellency of the research projects and their potential for an ERC application. All disciplines of social sciences and humanities are welcome. Reminder: the CNRS Tandem researcher does not need to be stated at this stage of the application. CEFRES can be requested by the applicants for support in their research of a French partner.

1 July 2017: submission by the 3 AV ČR pre-selected applicants of a project title and 3-line description for the open call for applications for a post-doctoral researcher at CEFRES cofunded by the Charles University and CEFRES for 2 years from 1 January 2018. The call will be advertised on both Charles University and CEFRES websites (see the 2015 previous CfA).

25 September 2017: deadline for 2nd round applications for the 3 pre-selected AV ČR researchers. The name and details related to their CNRS counterpart within the TANDEM team must be enclosed in the final applications.

2 October 2017: selection of the TANDEM AV ČR researcher by a mixed commission nominated by AV ČR including the director of CEFRES, and representatives from CNRS and Charles University. The final selection will be based on the potential of the team created by the AV ČR researchers with their CNRS counterparts.

Mid-November 2017: deadline for application of the CNRS researcher of the TANDEM team to CNRS for a 6 month-long research stay at CEFRES (so-called SMI – “Soutien à mobilité internationale” program) from February to August 2018.

1 March 2018: deadline for application of the CNRS researcher of the TANDEM team to CNRS for a 2 year-long appointement at CEFRES from September 2018 (so-called “affectation” program supported by the CNRS).


Feel free to ask any relevant question and support for the TANDEM application to the following coordinators:

Taťána Petrasová, member of the Scientific Council of AV ČR and coordinator of AV ČR for the TANDEM project

Clara Royer, director of CEFRES and coordinator for CEFRES and CNRS for the TANDEM project. Potential CNRS partner researchers can be advised by the director of CEFRES to the AV ČR applicants.

Jarmila Tiosavljevičová, Kancelář AV ČR, Odbor podpory vědy, Science Support Division, Národní 3, 117 20 Praha 1
Tel: 221 403 407

Appointment of a CNRS Researcher at CEFRES

Every year the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities (InSHS) of the CNRS offers the possibility for researchers to be appointed in a research institute abroad.


Application Package of the CNRS researcher includes:

  • a research project
  • an up-to-date CV
  • a letter of intent
  • the letter of support and invitation of the director of the research center abroad
  • the letter of approval of the director of the departed research unit in France[1].

Application deadlines are usually by the end of February-beginning of March each year. Selected candidates are appointed to the research center abroad from the following September.

[1] Meaning the director of the research unit in France to which the CNRS researcher belongs agrees indeed the researcher will become a full researcher at CEFRES.

CEFRES is a UMIFRE – an International Joint Unit, as it is under the tutelage of both CNRS and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

CNRS Support to International Mobility 2018

Join the CEFRES for a short mobility!

Deadline for submission: 19 November 2017
Duration: from 3 to 9 months in 2018
Application form to be filled in: SMI
(for information: English translation of the form here)

As a part of its support to researchers’ international mobility, the National Institute in Social Sciences and Humanities (InSHS) of the CNRS allows for researchers from CNRS and from universities with which they are engaged to realize research actions abroad within the SMI frame in 2018.

This support is not limited discipline-wise and concerns all types of research mission (fieldwork, sources inquiry, the setting up of a collective research project, the writing of a book or article in cooperation with foreign researchers, and so forth). It applies to all destinations (within the requirements of stays regulations implemented in the chosen countries) and to all kind of host institutions.

Such research missions abroad will take place in 2018. Their duration must be superior to three months and must not exceed nine months. The support involves a maximum monthly rate of 2,000 euros which will be transfered to the researcher’s research unit in France and dedicated to cover all mission expenses. The sum must be spent in its entirety in the year 2018.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of their quality and scientific interest.

Researchers from CNRS and from universities must send their application at the latest by 19 November 2017 via email at:

Application package includes

  • a scientific justification of the project (max. 2 pages)
  • the description of all planned actions within the mission (max. half a page)
  • the description of the uses for the budget required (max. half a page). Should co-financing be acquired, they should be indicated.
  • a CV including the researcher’s 5 publications most meaningful for the current project
  • the form below duly filled in in agreement with the director of the researcher’s unit in France.

CFA: 2017 CEFRES Platform Award

for Best Article (published in English or in French) in Social Sciences and Humanities

Deadline for applications: 30 April 2017
Prize Amount: 213 CZK (i.e. 9.261 CZK)
Official Award Ceremony:  16 June 2017
Language of application: English

This award is included within the Jacques Derrida Award organized by the French Embassy in the Czech Republic and Mgr. Karel Janeček, PhD., MBA, which rewards the best PhD research work in social sciences and humanities in the Czech Republic.

Born from the desire to support young researchers from the Czech Republic who endeavour to embed their research within the European and international networks, this initiative from the CEFRES Platform aims to award an article in social sciences and humanities published in a high-level peer-reviewed academic journal.

Since 2014, CEFRES Platform gathers the French Research Center in Social Sciences in Prague, the Czech Academy of Sciences and Charles University in Prague.

Young researchers from all disciplines in social sciences and humanities from the Czech Republic may apply to the CEFRES Platform special award, whatever the topic of their research may be.

Applications may be sent directly by young researchers themselves to the following address:

Eligibility Criteria 

  • to be a PhD student or to have defended one’s PhD thesis at the earliest in 2010 in a university of the Czech Republic (so-called “cotutelle” PhDs are eligible; young Czech or Slovak researchers who defended their PhDs in a university abroad can also apply)
  • to submit to the award competition an article in English or in French published in a peer-reviewed academic journal recognized by such databases as Web of Science, Scopus, or by the European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH plus)
  • to have published the afore mentioned article between 2014 and 2017 (articles accepted for publication shall be excluded, since the award is to be renewed yearly)
  • to submit one article only: applications including two or more articles will be excluded from the competition

Application Package

The following information completed:

  • Name and Surname:
  • Date and place of birth:
  • Personal email:
  • Personal phone number:
  • Personal address:
  • Professional email:
  • Professional phone number:
  • Professional address:
  • Subject of Thesis:
  • Date of (past or forthcoming) defence:
  • Year and Faculty of registration:
  • PhD supervisor(s):
  • Discipline(s):

The application should also include:

  1. An academic curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  2. An off-print of the submitted article for the Prize. NB: only one article will be considered; applications including two articles will be excluded
  3. The complete bibliographical references and a short summary of the submitted article in English or French
  4. A letter explaining the originality and prospects of the research involved in the article

An interdisciplinary jury presided over by the director of CEFRES and representatives from the CEFRES Platform will select the laureate. The laureate will be notified by 1 June 2017 and will have to be available for the award ceremony.

Supported by Mgr. Karel Janeček, MBA, PhD., the award will be given at Palais Buquoy, the seat of the French Embassy in the Czech Republic on 16 June 2017 along with the other scientific awards of the French Embassy.