Launch of the PhD Support Programme EUCACIS for students from Central Asia and the Caucasus

Classroom in Berlin

The Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the Centre inter­na­tional de formation européenne (CIFE) start the PhD Support Programme “The EU, Central Asia and the Caucasus in the Inter­na­tional System“ (EUCACIS). Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and the Programme Erasmus+, it offers schol­ar­ships for three years to excellent postgrad­uates who are working on a doctoral thesis in political science, contem­porary history or economics on a topic of the programme’s focus at a university in the Southern Caucasus or Central Asia (including Afghanistan, the Kashmir region in India, and the autonomous region Xinjiang in China).

It is the objective of the EUCACIS programme to provide intensive PhD research training for its partic­i­pants to bring them closer to inter­na­tional standards, to support them until they submit their doctoral theses, and to help them establish their own networks with other young researchers in the target regions and in Europe. This will be achieved through four inter­na­tional confer­ences (in Almaty, Berlin, Yerevan, and Bishkek); three PhD schools in Berlin, Yerevan and Istanbul; two research training stays; and continuous online coaching.

The programme is open for postgrad­uates who have started to work on a PhD or an equiv­alent degree at a Central Asian or South Caucasian university in the fields. The Call for Appli­ca­tions will be published by mid-April 2016.

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