EUCACIS fellows from Central Asia and South Caucasus visiting Berlin for 2nd PhD School and Research Training Stay

Working full time and doing a PhD concur­rently is a difficult under­taking. For doctoral candi­dates from Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus, the diffi­culty is even greater due to infra­struc­tural challenges in their home countries. Here, the PhD Support Programme EUCACIS (“The EU, Central Asia and the South Caucasus in the Inter­na­tional System”) steps in. The 3‑years programme supports twelve doctoral candi­dates from the above mentioned regions through a blended-learning approach: in the course of three years, the PhD fellows partic­ipate in online courses, confer­ences, PhD Schools and Research Training Stays and receive monthly stipends as well as travel grants. EUCACIS is organized by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the Centre inter­na­tional de formation européenne (CIFE) and supported by the Volkswagen Foundation and Erasmus+.

The second EUCACIS atten­dance phase will take place in Berlin from 19 February to 18 March 2018. During the 1‑week PhD School, twelve fellows will attend seminars in method­ology of social sciences, academic English writing, presen­tation skills, policy paper training and standards in peer-reviewed journals. The focus will be on advancing the ability of the fellows to transfer their scien­tific results into policy advice for decision-makers and into useful infor­mation for the wider public. Moreover, the fellows will be consulted by experi­enced researchers from IEP and CIFE with regard to the progress of their PhD projects and policy papers.

After the PhD School, half of the fellows will remain in Berlin for a 3‑week Research Training Stay. During that time, the fellows will make use of available research facil­ities (libraries and IEP/CIFE working spaces) and work on their PhD theses and policy papers. Next to individual research, the fellows will visit several Berlin-based insti­tu­tions such as the German Chancellery, the Centre for East European and Inter­na­tional Studies (ZOiS) and Human Rights Watch, where they will have the oppor­tunity to discuss issues of inter­na­tional relations with regional experts. In the end, the fellows should be equipped with relevant contacts and new ideas on how to better structure their doctoral projects in the coming two years.