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Call for Applications - PhD-Studies Programme in Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz

The University of Graz is pleased to announce the Call for Applications for the PhD Programme in Southeast European Studies. The programme was inaugurated with the goal to facilitate doctoral research at the University of Graz with a focus on Southeastern Europe through interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and methodological support of its participants by academic supervisors who all specialize in dealing with region. Conceptualized as a cross-faculty programme, its central aspects are interdisciplinarity and internationality.

  • Posted on: 29.09.2014

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The programme will serve as an excellence network for research on Southeastern Europe, with successful PhD candidates receiving a regular diploma from the University of Graz in their respective discipline and additionally a certificate confirming their successful participation in the Southeast European Studies programme.

Target group

The programme is conceptualised for all doctoral students who enrol at the University of Graz within the following faculties: Faculty of Arts and Humanities; Law; Business, Economics and Social Sciences; Catholic Theology; and Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education.


The only premise for participating in the PhD Studies Programme in Southeast European Studies is that the applicants’ research interest has a direct connection with Southeastern Europe and that they are interested in an interdisciplinary exchange.

The Centre for Southeast European Studies will function as a facilitator and supporter for prospective national and international students who need assistance with the application process for doctoral studies at the University of Graz. Hence, for enquiries about the admission procedure, tuition fees, etc., please contact Dario Brentin (dario.brentin@uni-graz.at<mailto:dario.brentin@uni-graz.at>).

Content of the Programme

Research students will participate in four compulsory doctoral colloquia that will take place once per semester. These are held either as intensive block seminars over several days or as regular classes during the semester in either English or German, based on the need of participating research students. Research students will be able to present their current stage of research at least once per semester. In addition, regular optional events and seminars will be held for research students, including the brownbag seminars and the lecture series of the Centre for Southeast European Studies and workshops. Participating students are encouraged to present their research at least once at a brownbag seminar. In addition, further classes will be offered to doctoral students in German and English. The programme will also facilitate and promote research students’ mobility through research stays at international universities and through the invitation of renowned international scholars for teaching and visiting lectures.

For more information on present and past activities of the Centre for Southeast European Studies visit: http://www.suedosteuropa.uni-graz.at/en Since research students at PhD Studies Programme in Southeast European Studies are also regulated within the doctoral curriculum of their respective faculty, they may have to earn additional ECTS points varying from faculty to faculty.

For information about the admission process at the University of Graz please consult the below-mentioned websites, since the application procedure and requirements vary from faculty to faculty.

You can also contact Dario Brentin (dario.brentin@uni-graz.at<mailto:dario.brentin@uni-graz.at>) at the Centre for Southeast European Studies for any further questions or queries. -

General information about doctoral studies at the University of Graz: http://docservice.uni-graz.at/en/doktoratuni-graz/ - PhD studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities: http://gewi.uni-graz.at/de/studieren/doktoratsstudium/ - PhD studies at the Law Faculty: http://rewi.uni-graz.at/de/studieren/doktoratsstudien/ - PhD studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics: http://sowi.uni-graz.at/de/studieren/studium/doktoratsstudium/ - PhD studies at the Faculty of Theology: http://theol.uni-graz.at/de/fakultaet/ - PhD studies at the Faculty of Environmental, Regional and Educational Sciences: http://urbi.uni-graz.at/de/studieren/studien/ Tuition Tuition fees are waived for Austrian/EU students. Tuition costs approximately €745 per semester for citizens of other states but are fully refunded upon successful completion of each semester for citizens of Albania, Belarus Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine. Please note that the University of Graz does not provide financial support – no scholarships are currently available but we encourage students to seek available funding from third parties.

For enquiries about tuition fees and the refund process at the University of Graz please contact Alexandra Fauland alexandra.fauland@uni-graz.at<mailto:alexandra.fauland@uni-graz.at> at the Office for International Relations.


The application requirements and procedure may vary from faculty to faculty, but generally research students’ applications have to encompass following documents/qualifications. 1. The successful established contact with a potential PhD supervisor at the University of Graz 2. A written research concept for your doctoral thesis in English or German (2-5 pages) 3. Certificate/diploma obtained at the undergraduate and post-graduate level (translated into English or German) 4. Transcript of records obtained at the undergraduate and post-graduate level (translated into English or German) 5. A summary of your MA thesis (max. 2 pages) (translated into English or German) The deadline for applications for the Ph.D. in Southeast European Studies for the academic year 2014/2015 is the 15th October 2014.

Source: University of Graz | S&T field/scope: General | Affilation and Pillar: Research and innovation community | Geographical focus: Central, East and Southeast Europe