Wednesday, January 28, 2015

PhD Fellowship at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography

The Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) in Leipzig kindly invites applications from highly qualified and motivated individuals for

1 PhD fellowship

to commence as soon as possible. The IfL is a non-university research institute and member of the Leibniz association with currently around 80 employees. It is institutionally financed by the Free State of Saxony and the Federal Republic of Germany in the context of a common research funding agreement.

The fellowship includes

·            a monthly stipend of 1400 Euro granted for six months

·            access to the academic service infrastructure of the IfL (e.g. the Central Geographical Library, the Geography archives, cartographic and IT services, scientific seminars)

·            individual support in terms of exchange and discussions within the international research network of ira.urban

·            flexible working arrangements in Leipzig

The fellowship will be financed within the framework of the international comparative research project “Urban reconfigurations in post-Soviet space” (ira.urban). The project aims at analysing and explaining continuities and discontinuities in the reconfiguration of urban spaces in the light of traditional, reproduced Soviet and newly formed post-Soviet conditions, as well as of changing global economic and social orders. On the basis of transnational comparative case study research, the project focuses on the question to what extent urban development has become part of a socially negotiated adjustment processes, and a mirror of a comprehensive modernisation process of urban societies in the republics of the former Soviet Union.

We expect that the candidate supports the analyses of current urban systems in post-Soviet countries and regions, as well as relations within the systems, in order to understand how the post-Soviet urban systems are composed.

The research project focuses on the following issues:

-          In what way has a specific post-Soviet operating context emerged during the adaptation of the cities to the conditions of globalisation and internationalisation?

-          To which extent is the post-Soviet space composed by separate/independent urban networks or to which extent has the soviet hierarchical urban system  “survived” and influence the further transnational and national urban space production?

-          What specific and general types of urban development paths could be singled out within post-Soviet space?

Please submit your complete application package in English as one pdf file by e-mail to Yuliana Lazova ( The deadline for applications is March 7th  2015.

Please enclose the following documents:

·            CV

·            letter of motivation/statement of purpose, including a short display of the links between your project/idea and ira.urban (2 pages max.)

·            exposé of your PhD project, including your work schedule and work progress   (3-4 pages max, excluding sources)

·            list of your publications and presentations, certificates, references

Should you have any further queries, please contact Isolde Brade ( or  Irina Slepukhina ( We are looking forward to your application!

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