Jan 25, 2011

Summer School: Welfare States of Eastern and Western Europe

The CEU Summer University announces the course

7th ESPAnet Summer School organised jointly with Network of Excellence RECWOWE (Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe) of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) sponsored by the European Commission

Course Director:
Anil Duman, Department of Political Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Additional Faculty:
Jochen Clasen, Department of Social Policy, University of Edinburgh, UK; Caroline de La Porte, Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark; Paolo Graziano, Department of Institutional Analysis and Public Management, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy; Evelyne Hübscher, Department of Public Policy, Central European University, Hungary; Martin Kahanec, Department of Public Policy, Central European University, Hungary; Achim Kemmerling, Department of Public Policy, Central European University, Hungary; Wim van Oorschot, Department of Sociology, Tilburg University, the Netherlands; Michal Polakowski, International Centre for Research and Analysis, Warsaw, Poland; Dorota Szelewa, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, Germany; Pieter Vanhuysse, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Austria


The school targets PhD-students who have started or are about to start a project related to welfare and social policy in Eastern and Western Europe. Topics that will be addressed are the comparative analysis of welfare state and social policy reform, role of social actors, policies for work and welfare reconciliation, social protection, immigrant integration, welfare regimes and labor markets. The course also aims to address methodological issues of comparative research in East and West European welfare and social policy.

The Summer School offers lectures with discussion, assignments and workshops given by European scholars from various disciplines such as sociology, social policy, political science and economics. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their PhD-projects and to discuss them in small groups with other participants and scholars. Participants obtain 3 ECTS for the Summer School.

This summer school encourages applications from graduate students and researchers at departments of political science, sociology, social policy, economics, and any related disciplines. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered. Some familiarity with the topic is required, such as the completion of an undergraduate degree in the relevant fields. The course will be most suitable for participants who have pursued or intend to pursue independent research on some aspect of the subject.

There is no fee for the participation in the summer school and the organizers will cover the accommodation and lunches. The participants need to fund their travel costs and secure own health insurance for the duration of the stay.

Deadline: March 20, 2011
More information: http://www.summer.ceu.hu/02-courses/course-sites/welfare/index-welfare.php

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Call for Applications:
Political Economy Track of CEU Doctoral Program in Political Science,

We invite applications for the Political Economy Track of CEU Doctoral Program in Political Science for the Academic Year 2011-2012. The Political Economy track is designed to prepare students for a career in academia and institutions of applied research. It is highly competitive and welcomes applications from graduates of Political Science, Economics, Sociology and related disciplines.

About the Program
The Political Economy track of the CEU Doctoral Program is one of five specialized tracks in CEU’s political science PhD program. It is operated by the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations. The Political Economy track focuses on the theoretical and empirical perspectives of the relationship between politics and economics. Major topics include political and economic transformations towards a more liberalized and globally integrated world economy, regional variations of these transformations, and the institutional forms of these transformations in specific fields such as European integration, development and the welfare state in comparative perspective. The aim of the track is to enable students to address political science questions, such as the variance in institutional settings and institutional change under the conditions of internationalization from an interdisciplinary standpoint that explores the connections between social and economic processes.

PhD studies comprise coursework and a research phase. Probationary Doctoral Candidates earn 24 credits over the course of their first two academic years. Course work focuses on the development of professional level research and analytical skills in the fields of training in theories and empirics of comparative and international political economy. Course work also entails a comprehensive and rigorous methods training component. After passing the comprehensive examination and successfully defending the Prospectus, PhD Candidates conduct research on their doctoral project. During the research period for their dissertation, students are encouraged to spend time both in the field and at another university.

Much of the student work in the doctoral program is centered on doctoral student workshops and departmental seminars, where PhD candidates also have the opportunity to get in touch with visiting scholars from the most outstanding European and US universities. As the department’s faculty is actively involved in European Union-funded research projects, doctoral candidates gain direct access to academic networks, workshops, conferences in their field, both at CEU and beyond.

Students admitted into CEU doctoral programs are eligible to receive the CEU Doctoral Fellowship for up to three years. Doctoral enrollment may continue up to a maximum of six years. Numerous additional funding opportunities exist, such as the Doctoral Research Support Grant Program, the Erasmus Mobility Scheme, and various research and travel funds. Travel support from CEU for participation in major academic conferences and summer schools is also available. Further information on financial aid is available at: www.ceu.hu/admissions/financialaid/doctoral.

Career Paths

Upon completion of the program, alumni of the department continue their career in higher education, policy analysis, the media, civil service, international NGOs and research organizations. Additional information on CEU graduates’ career paths is available at: www.ceu.hu/alumnicareer/lifeafterceu


All applicants must meet the General CEU Admissions Requirements (see: www.ceu.hu/admissions/apply), and submit:
• curriculum vitae;
• proof of relevant English language competency;
• a 1,500-word research proposal;
• a 500-word statement of purpose;
• two confidential letters of recommendation;
• relevant undergraduate and graduate transcripts and diplomas;
• a summary of the MA thesis.

The deadlines for applications are
• January 24, 2011, 24:00 Pacific Standard Time (PST): for applicants who wish/are required to take any CEU-administered admissions examinations and/or are requesting exemption from the English language proficiency requirement.
• March 14, 2011, 24:00 Pacific Standard Time (PST): for applicants submitting applications complete with language scores.

More information and inquiries

For further information on the Political Economy Track please visit http://pds.ceu.hu or contact Achim Kemmerling at the Department of Public Policy, Central European University.
Email: kemmerlinga@ceu.hu

For further information on the Doctoral School’s academic programs and courses, specific entry requirements, and a list of faculty, visit the Doctoral School’s website and contact the Doctoral School at http://pds.ceu.hu. Email: ds@ceu.hu

CEU Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations: Nador u. 9, 1051 Budapest, Hungary