PhD Scholarship on the EEAS and the EU's international diplomacy

PhD Scholarship on the EEAS

Resume Aarhus BSS Graduate School, Aarhus University invites applicants for a PhD Scholarship in connection with the research project Cultivating the Union’s Foreign Relations: The EEAS and international diplomacy (EURDIPLO) at the Political Science PhD Programme.

EURDIPLO is a new research team focusing on how the European External Action Service (EEAS) makes choices, specifically when it comes to conflicting objectives. It brings together five researchers, mostly situated at the Department of Political Science and one at the think-tank Europa in Copenhagen.

The team employ a variety of theories and methods. (for details see the project description here). More particularly, EURDIPLO analyses how the EEAS interacts with the international institution of diplomacy (WP1), the practices of the EEAS in encounters with other EU institutions, member states and third countries, as well as multilateral institutions (WP2) the priorities of the EEAS concerning the nexus between policy paradigms and policies (WP3).

It asks new questions about how the EEAS understands its role in contemporary international diplomacy. Using different data sources and methods, EURDIPLO aims to understand the life-world of the EEAS and its diplomats.

The PhD student will mainly conduct research within WP3 and applicants have to provide a short research statement (max. 12000 characters), which describes the research agenda the candidate proposes to pursue, i.e. the contribution that will help the team achieve the objectives of WP3.

The position is available from January 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

Further information
For further information about the position, please contact Professor Knud Erik Jørgensen, Email:

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Anne Arnfeldt Källberg, Tel.: +45 8715 3631, Email:

Place of work
Bartholins Allé 7, DK - 8000 Aarhus C

Formal requirements
The following criteria are decisive in the assessment of the candidates:

The applicant’s academic qualifications (assessed on the basis of the qualifying degree), the quality and relevance of the project proposal, and the applicant’s level of academic aptitude and assessed ability to complete the project within the framework of the PhD programme. You can read more about the assessment procedure and committees appointed by the dean here.

Applicants are very much encouraged to supply documentation as to how they rank compared to their class (both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees). This may for example be in the form of a letter from your University stating either how you rank as an individual student compared to other students the year you graduated ("ranks as no. 6 out of 111" or "ranks as among the best 8 percent").

If that is not possible, general information from your University as to how grades were distributed in the year of your graduation, will be appreciated.

Important dates
The deadline for applications is 17 September 2019 at noon CET.

The present call is aimed at students starting on 1 January 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

Please note that Aarhus BSS Graduate School reserves the right to evaluate the applications on the basis of the documentation received before deadline, and you will not necessarily be asked for further documentation. Furthermore, Aarhus BSS Graduate School reserves the right to reject application that do not comply with the limitations as stated in the application guide (see link above).

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply irrespective of personal background.

Please apply online here

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