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Seeking Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellows


Call for Expressions of Interest in Marie-Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowships Research Fellows: Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty

The Politics and International Studies Department at the University of Warwick in the UK, in association with the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant Project “Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty” led by Dr Maria Koinova, Reader in International Relations, is seeking to host Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellows. We therefore invite expressions of interest from exceptional post-doctoral applicants who would like to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship for a period of 12-24 months.

PaIS is particularly interested in hearing from potential candidates with research interests in the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria with regard to issues of refugees, migration, and diaspora mobilization, or other research topics related to migration, conflict and post-conflict reconstruction relevant to the ERC project and Dr Koinova’s research interests.

The PAIS Department at Warwick University presents a thriving research environment. It is one of the top five ranking departments in the discipline of Politics and International Studies in the UK.

Dr Koinova’s current project “Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty” is an innovative multi-methods political science study investigating the transnational mobilization of conflict-generated diasporas in Europe and their impact on polities experiencing contested sovereignty in three conflict-prone regions in the European neighborhood: the Balkans, the Caucasus, and the Middle East. The project progresses from qualitative analysis of elite-based diaspora mobilization of six groups (Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian, Iraqi, Kurdish, and Palestinian) in five EU countries (UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and France) to a quantitative analysis through a cross-country representative survey of non-elite individuals in 25 country-groups.

More information about the project and the department can be obtained here.


Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, a candidate may not have resided, or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the scheme deadline on 10 September 2015.

Applicants must fulfil all other scheme eligibility requirements.


Expressions of Interest

If you are interested in applying for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship in the above research area, please submit the following documents by email to by 30 July 2015:

  • a cover letter explaining how you would benefit from such a fellowship and why your research would be a good fit with the ERC project at Warwick University;
  • an academic CV with a list of publications;
  • a proposal of no more than 1500 words by 30 July 2015. An internal selection of candidates will take place by August 9, 2015.

The department will provide support and guidance to the shortlisted candidates to develop their applications for submission to the scheme by the deadline of 10 September 2015.

More information about the Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Individual Fellowship scheme and the application process can be obtained here.