CfA: 6 PhD Scholarship on “Wicked Problems, Contested Administrations” [25 Mar 2014]

The University of Potsdam, DFG Research Training Group on “Wicked Problems, Contested Administrations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy” (WIPCAD) calls for applications for:

  • 4 Doctoral Fellowships funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and;
  • 2 Doctoral Fellowships funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Potsdam calls for applications for its DFG Research Training Group on “Wicked Problems, Contested Administrations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy” (WIPCAD). The Research Training Group studies the interrelationships between “wicked” policy problems and the development of administrative organizations, including inter-organizational settings. The deadline for applications is March 25, 2014.

The WIPCAD research program is based on systematic interdisciplinary cooperation between political and administrative sciences, sociology and public management. It is underpinned by a qualification and gender equality concept that encourages junior scholars from both Germany and abroad to engage with neighboring disciplines; to conduct theory-based research; to acquire the necessary research skills; to gain international experience; and to prepare them for future careers in academia and in the public sector.

Scholarship recipients will participate in seminars and develop their own dissertation and research agenda within the scope of the qualification program. The language of instruction is English. Proficiency in English is required.

Applicants must hold a Diploma or a Master’s degree in political and administrative sciences, sociology or public management. In exceptional cases, graduates with degrees from closely related fields may be considered. Key selection criteria are the quality of the PhD proposal, how well it fits in with the overall thematic agenda of the Research Training Group, its innovative potential and its likely contribution to the existing state of knowledge in public administration.

DFG Fellowships are open to all nationalities, while DAAD Fellowships are reserved for non-German applicants. Their nomination process will include a review by the DAAD Selection Board. Non-German applicants will automatically be considered for both DFG and DAAD funded fellowships.

DFG funded doctoral fellows will receive a monthly scholarship of €1,365 plus €103 grants for up to 36 months, contingent on the successful completion of each year. DAAD funded doctoral fellows will receive a monthly scholarship of €1,000 and additional health insurance contributions for up to 36 months, contingent on the successful completion of each year.

International students are strongly encouraged to apply. The Faculty strives to increase the proportion of women in the university and hence strongly encourages women to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are equally qualified will be favored. Applicants funded from other sources are welcome. All doctoral fellowships will start on October 1, 2014.

Applications should be submitted via e-mail by March 25, 2014. For more information on specific admission requirements, please consult the institution’s website. For any further inquiries, applicants can refer to this e-mail address.

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