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CIVICA Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme 2024 for early-stage Researchers

Application Deadline: 19 April 2024

The aim of the CIVICA postdoctoral fellowship programme is to support early-stage researchers (ESRs) in their career development by increasing mobility across the alliance as well as to enhance collaboration within CIVICA.

A unique funded opportunity for postdoctoral researchers in the social sciences and humanities to spend an academic year at one of the CIVICA partner institutions. CIVICA partners have established a fellowship programme for postdoctoral researchers to spend up to ten (10) months at a CIVICA partner institution.

The programme is funded and selected applicants will receive an allowance/grant to cover their mobility. The specific financial conditions vary from one institution to another. Interested potential applicants are invited to turn to the contact persons listed below for further details. 

Eligibility Requirements


Candidates must be registered either as a post-doctoral researcher (including those who may have a bridging teaching contract) or be about to complete or have completed a doctorate in the social sciences or humanities at a CIVICA partner institution. The applicants should be affiliated to their home institution during the application procedure and their post-doctoral fellowship. There are no further general requirements for eligibility but each university may add specific eligibility criteria.

Institution specific

For the European University Institute: only current Max Weber Fellows (first or second year) are eligible. 

For SNSPA,: PhD candidates in their last year of the PhD programme or recently graduated PhD researchers (no more than four years since graduation) are eligble in principle but their fellowship is conditional upon becoming post-doctoral students of SNSPA no later than 1 October 2024. 

Application Procedure

Applications by candidates must include:

  • A CV and a list of publications (if any);
  • A research proposal (stating an innovative research question/hypothesis, methodology, and expected outcomes, typically a working paper);
  • A motivation letter explaining how you would benefit from spending an academic year at the host university;
  • A letter of support from the sending institution (director of post-doc programme, head of department, dean, as the case may be);
  • A letter of intent from the host institution (in principle, from the unit that will host the postdoc) concerning its willingness and ability (working space etc.), in principle (i.e. subject to the outcome of selection – see below), to host the candidate as a postdoctoral fellow;
  • A letter of intent from a professor at the host institution concerning their willingness, in principle, to act as an academic mentor for the candidate during their stay (which means, at a minimum, to meet a few times to discuss their work and ideas).


  • 19 March 2024 |  Call for applications launched
  • 19 April 2024 | Deadline for applications
  • 3 May 2024 | First stage selection finalised at partner universities
  • 17 May 2024 | Second stage of selection: CIVICA meeting ad hoc
  • End of May 2024 | Sending universities inform applicants about the outcome

More Info: CIVICA Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme



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