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Early Stage Researcher Course Catalogue: CIVICA-wide courses for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers 

CIVICA PhD course catalogue

Browse the Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Course Catalogue and you could be attending a course and meeting peers at one of CIVICA's other member universities. New courses are routinely added.

Find out from LSE PhDs Camille Bou and Felix Schaff  why they'd recommend attending a course through the ESR Course Catalogue.

Past news and events

CIVICA Research Conference 1-2 September, CEU, Budapest

The Conference will bring together faculty and researchers from CIVICA member universities, and all are welcome to attend. Registration is required for both online and in-person participation. Deadline: 15 August 2022.

CIVICA Research Conference for PhD and post-doctoral researchers
1-2 September 2022, CEU

Deadline for poster submissions: 12pm CEST, 30 June

PhD and post-doctoral researchers at CIVICA universities (Bocconi, CEU, EUI, Hertie, Sciences Po, SNSPA, SSE, LSE) are invited to submit a poster to exhibit at the CIVICA Research Conference, taking place at Central European University on 1-2 September 2022 in Budapest (Hungary). 

The aim of the initiative is to showcase some of the latest research in the social sciences, and to build the nodes of future cooperation between CIVICA's research teams and networks.

The call at a glance:

  • The posters should highlight research results of current projects. Individual PhD and (post)doctoral researchers are eligible to apply. One author per project of the selected posters will be invited to attend the conference in Budapest – travel costs and accommodation are covered by their home institutions.
  • The posters should be related but not limited to CIVICA’s four research themes. Applications from disciplines in the humanities, and/or posters from the fields of economics and political economy are strongly encouraged.
  • maximum of two projects from each of the eight CIVICA universities will be selected.The decision will be based on academic excellence and made by the sending university.
  • Interested PhD and post-doctoral researchers must submit an abstract and a draft poster. Abstracts cannot exceed one-page in length in single spacing formatting, and they must be submitted in PDF format.
  • The deadline for submission of abstracts and poster drafts/mock-up is 30 June 2022, 12pm (CEST)
  • The call is financed from CIVICA’s Erasmus+ funds and partners’ own resources.

Find out more!

CIVICA Research Excellence Tours

The Excellence Tours, a series of events, are organised under CIVICA Research to assert the scientific identity of the CIVICA alliance within the global academic community. Find out more

CIVICA PhD Seminar Series

Designed to connect early-stage researchers with more senior academics and other early-career researchers of the CIVICA network, our seminar series fosters academic exchange and networks across CIVICA. Each panel will give the opportunity to three PhD researchers from different partner universities to present their research. Find out more

CIVICA Research: Collaborative Hackathon on Democracy in the 21st Century, 2-6pm CEST, 13 June 2022, online

Deadline for proposals: 6 June

This event is open to researchers, students and interested individuals, based at CIVICA partner institutions and beyond. The first part will feature a keynote speech and a panel discussion with relevant experts in the field of democracy measurement, before the opportunity is given to participants to present their proposals concerning how the existing indicators should be improved, combined or replaced. Find out more

CIVICA Summer School 2022: Reconstructing Europe after Crises

11-15 July, 2022, Lake Como, Italy

Applicants must be either current doctoral researchers or postdocs who have completed their PhD between July 2020 and April 2022. The deadline to apply is 12pm CET on 4 April 2022.

Find out more and apply for the CIVICA Summer School.

CIVICA Research project into open social science

Read more at the LSE Impact Blog.

Innovative research methods workshop series

This two-day, introductory-level workshop is the first in CIVICA Research's Innovative Research Methods workshop series, offering an introduction to the main statistical techniques used to analyse cross-national comparative surveys data.

It is open to scientific communities across CIVICA partner universities (research assistants, researchers, PhD students, postdocs, etc). Find out more

Online seminar: Trust and Cooperation

Why do we so often fail to cooperate? Why is there so much distrust between individuals or groups? PhDs/postdocs at CIVICA unis: join an online seminar on Trust and Cooperation co-taught by faculty at CEU, Sciences Po & SNSPA. Register by 21 January at the Early Stage Researcher Course Catalogue

Call for research proposals from faculty and postdoctoral researchers

Faculty and (post-doctoral) researchers in CIVICA universities (Bocconi University, CEU, EUI, Hertie, LSE, Sciences Po, SNSPA, SSE) are invited to submit proposals for seed funding to apply to larger grants. Research teams should consist of at least two CIVICA universities. Deadline extended from 10 to 17 January!  Find out more and apply by 17 January 2022.

CIVICA Research: postdoctoral mobility scheme

LSE researchers must have a doctoral degree at 1 October 2021 and hold a current LSE postdoctoral position, with a maximum of four years of post-PhD experience. Is this you? Find out more and apply by 15 January 2022

CIVICA PhD panel series

At each event, three PhD researchers from different partner universities present their research to senior academics and other PhD researchers. Every event is open to CIVICA members and the public to attend too. Interested in speaking or attending? Find out how to get involved

CIVICA doctoral conference online events, hosted by the European University Institute

10am (CET) Thursday 16 December 2021

How to publish your PhD dissertation as a book, with Professor Patrick Dunleavy (LSE)

2pm (CET) Friday 17 December 2021

How to publish journal articles, with Professor Nigel Dodd (LSE), Editor-in-Chief, British Journal of Sociology; Dr Marina Costa Lobo (Universidade de Lisboa), Editor, European Political Science Review; Professor Aili Tripp (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Editor, American Political Science Review

Report on the first CIVICA doctoral summer school

Find out why attendees, including LSE PhD candidate Jacob van de Beeten, would recommend CIVICA's doctoral summer school.

CIVICA Doctoral Conference 2021: how to prepare yourself for the academic job market

15-17 December 2021, EUI, Florence
Application deadline: Wednesday 15 September 2021. Find out more and how to apply

Data Science Summer School

9-30 July 2021, Zoom
Participation is free; registration required by Friday 25 June

The Data Science Summer School is a series of one-day workshops with hands-on labs on data science methods and applications currently employed by industry, government, and civil society to address the world's most complex challenges.

Organised by the Hertie School Data Science Lab from July 9 to 30, the Data Science Summer School is open to all researchers, faculty, students and administrative team members from across CIVICA.

All courses are online and free, fully sponsored by the generous support of the SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence and Stifterverband!

PhD Panel on “Political Economy in Times of Crises in the EU”

Date: Wednesday 7 July, 12-2 pm (CET)

Addressing the multiple economic challenges ahead in the EU monetary union with a special emphasis on its political economic behaviour in times of the COVID-19.

PhD Panel on “Challenges to Digital Governance in the EU”

Date: Tuesday 6 July, 12-2 pm (CET)

Focusing on the challenges and opportunities of the European digital governance and the construction of advanced digital skills in the economy and society.

CIVICA PhD panel series

LSE PhDs are invited to attend the PhD panel series. These sessions aim to connect CIVICA researchers, support academic exchange and forge networks.

Call for proposals: Europe Revisited

The editors of the Journal of International Relations and Development invite CIVICA faculty and early stage researchers to propose a forum to reflect on the theme “Europe Revisited”. Deadline: 15 June 2021Find out more about the call for proposals.

The George Soros Visiting Chair at CEU

We welcome nominations and applications for the 2021/2022 academic year. Awarded to scholars or practitioners who have demonstrated outstanding achievement or a distinguished record of participation in the academic, professional, journalistic, political, or civic world of public policy, The George Soros Visiting Chair was established with generous contributions from the friends and family of George Soros, founder of Central European University, and Honorary Chairman of its Board of Trustees. Deadline: 14 June 2021. For more information, please visit https://spp.ceu.edu/gs-chair.

Call for event moderators

The European University Institute is organising the Tour d’Europe Public Lecture "Non solo Erasmus - facciamoci sentire in Europa" on Wednesday 26 May 2021. they are looking for three early career researchers from any CIVICA member university to act as moderators on the following topics:

  • Youth environmental activism (In English)
  • Gender violence online (In Italian)
  • Youth participation in the EU (In Italian).

If you have a strong interest and/or expertise in one of the topics and you are at ease with public speaking, email tfe@eui.eu by Friday 23 April. Indicate your preferred topic and attach your CV.  

Call for Assistant Editors

The Revdem (Review of Democracy), a new online journal initiated by CEU’s Democracy Institute, has put out a call for Assistant Editors, to begin on 1 May 2021. Five places are available to CIVICA PhDs as part of an unpaid internship and mentoring scheme. The goal of the programme is to teach the students the following skills:

  • Op-eds writing
  • Text editing
  • Conducting interviews
  • Trainees will have the opportunity to familiarise with the area of broadly understood studies of democracy in Europe and beyond.

Interested PhD candidates should write to: brusztl@ceu.edu cc-ing matlakm@ceu.edu.     

CIVICA Summer School - Pandemics and Power: redefining solidarity after COVID-19

This CIVICA Summer School for post-doctoral and early career researchers takes place 12-16 July 2021 in Italy. The deadline to apply is 5pm CET on Thursday 15 April.

Spotlight on the International Social and Public Policy seminar series at LSE

Part of the ESR Course Catalogue and hosted by the Department of Social Policy at LSE, find out who the course is for and how you can attend.

EUI Summer School for PhD researchers

The European University Institute Florence invites PhD researchers from CIVICA member universities to apply for a Summer School on "European integration in historical and contemporary perspective" to be held 6-9 September 2021. LSE's Piers Ludlow is among the convenors. The deadline to apply is 28 March 2021. Find out more about the EUI Summer School.

The first CIVICA call for research proposals

Faculty and post-doctoral researchers are invited to submit proposals for new collaborative research projects under one of CIVICA’s four core themes. The aim of the initiative is to encourage innovative research and foster new cooperation between CIVICA’s partner universities. Application deadline: 12pm CET, Tuesday 23 March 2021. Find out how to submit your proposal.

Research funding received from Horizon 2020

We've received funding from the EU programme Horizon 2020, under the chapter "Science with and for Society". The activities funded under this call aim to establish, "CIVICA Research", a joint long-term research and innovation environment. Read the Horizon 2020 statement.


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Contact the Global Academic Engagement team at LSE by emailing global@lse.ac.uk.

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