Opportunities from Outside Sources


Fulbright and Boren Fellowships
University of Pittsburgh
Deadlines:  September and January

The Fulbright and Boren Fellowships allow international travel in relation to your research interests, and they also lead to great future opportunities.


3rd Annual IES and Social Science Matrix Graduate Student Conference
UC Berkeley
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 16, 2018

Fake News and the Crisis of Europe with video introduction provided by Dr. Ioan Mircea PaScu, Vice President of the European Parliament.  Contact ies.berkeley.gradcon@gmail.com for more info.


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships
Aston University’s Aston Centre for Europe in Birmingham

Deadline: April 30, 2018

The Aston Centre for Europe (ACE) is looking to host exceptional fellows in the framework of the EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships scheme. The scheme enables eligible applicants to come to Aston University for a period from 12 to 24 months with the aims of undertaking world class research, career development, and knowledge transfer activities.

Eligible researchers are:

  • researchers in possession of a doctoral degree or who have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.
  • who at the time of the deadline for submission (12 September 2018), have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline.

Experience suggests that successful researchers have strong CVs, with publications in well-ranked international journals, and a good range of experience (teaching, industry/non-academic, PhD supervision). The Guide for Applicants will enable full appreciation of the aims and objectives of the scheme: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/guides_for_applicants/h2020-guide-appl-msca-if_en.pdf

ACE is a highly regarded research centre on European issues within the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University. In the UK government’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), ACE was ranked as the best institute for European area studies research in the UK outside of London, with 81% of our research being ranked as world leading or internationally excellent. Situated in the vibrant city of Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK, Aston University offers excellent possibilities and facilities for researchers. For more information on ACE: http://www.aston.ac.uk/lss/research/research-centres/aston-centre-europe/

Expertise at ACE covers a wide range of topics related to European studies, broadly defined, but also many other aspects of political science and international relations. We are especially looking for applications in the following fields, although proposals are heavily encouraged to be multidisciplinary in nature: EU politics, political leadership, political rhetoric, comparative politics (UK/France/Germany), interest groups, the left in the UK and France, German politics, European cyber security, the European Union's fight against organized crime, housing and planning policy, political parties, federalism and decentralisation, religion and politics, conflict and security in Asia, rogue states, peacebuilding and transitional justice in the Western Balkans, regional development policy, politics of the welfare state, foreign investments in Central and Eastern Europe, comparative regionalism (Europe/ East Asia), European foreign and development policy, Russia, international organisations, and gender.

Despite the decision to leave the European Union, the UK is still fully eligible for EU research funding. The British government has made a commitment to make up for any shortfall in EU funding in case of projects which do not end before Brexit happens.

If you are interested, please send a full academic CV, a 1,000 word research project outline and a short cover letter outlining why you think a Marie Curie fellowship at Aston would boost your career to Dr Balazs Szent-Ivanyi (b.szent-ivanyi@aston.ac.uk) by 30 April 2018. Selection will be carried out by mid-May, and selected applicants will be appointed a mentor from ACE, who will assist them in preparing the application during the summer. The internal deadline for a full draft application is in late July, which will then be followed by an internal peer review and then finalized for submission to the European Commission for the 12 September 2018 deadline.