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CFA – 2021 Young Researcher Fellowships at CEFRES (France & Visegrad Countries)

Call for application for 2nd year and above PhD students from France and the Visegrad countries 

Deadline for submission: 31 March 2021
Duration: 1 September 2021 – 31 August 2022

CEFRES offers year-long fellowships at the center to 2nd year and above PhD students from France, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Fellows’ research should contribute to one of CEFRES’s research areas. The amount of the fellowship is 20 000 CZK per month during 12 months. Good command of English is mandatory, command of French is appreciated. The selected PhD fellows will join CEFRES team and take part in the center’s scientific life.

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CFA: International PhD Contract on the Construction of the Orphan in 20th Century East-Central Europe

CFA: International PhD Contrat “All Alone” in East-Central Europe: Reinventing the Orphan from the Fascist to the Socialist Era

Deadline for submission (on Portail Emploi): 30 June 2020
Interviews (videoconference): 6-8 July 2020
Start date of the thesis: 1st October 2020
Contract period: 36 months
Remuneration: 2 135,00 € gross monthly

The selected candidate will be enrolled in the PhD program “Civilizations, Cultures, Literatures and Societies” (ED 4), within the Faculty of Arts of the Sorbonne University. They will be a member of the research group Eur’ORBEM “Cultures and Societies of Eastern, Balkan, and Central Europe” (CNRS, Sorbonne University, UMR 8224). Eur’ORBEM is an interdisciplinary research unit in social sciences and humanities which gathers experts on Eastern, Central and South-Eastern Europe. The PhD project is part of two research areas proposed by Eur’ORBEM: “History, Memory, Identities and Conflicts“ and “Arts and Transculturality”. The PhD student is expected to take full part in the scientific life of the research team. The PhD shall be supervised by Doc. Clara Royer, PhD, a specialist of East-Central European cultures at Sorbonne University ( The PhD student shall take part in the scientific life of the research team.

The PhD contract requires a mobility period in East-Central Europe. The PhD student should spend preferably 3 months per year gathering the necessary sources of their research. According to the focus of their PhD dissertation, the PhD student may do fieldwork in at least one Visegrad country (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia). For this research period, they will be welcomed by the French Research Centre in Social Sciences (CEFRES – USR 3038 CNRS-MEAE) in Prague, Czech Republic CEFRES is part of the network of French Research Institutes Abroad (UMIFRE). CEFRES is therefore under the tutelage of both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). The Center will provide the PhD student with administrative and logistic support while allowing a stimulating scientific environment thanks to its research Platform with The Charles University and the Czech Academy of sciences, but also through its scientific network spread in other Visegrad countries.

See further information on CNRS website

En français

CFA: 2021 CEFRES Platform Award

for Best Article (published in English or in French) in Social Sciences and Humanities

Deadline for applications: April 25, 2021 (midnight)
Prize Amount: 213 CZK (i.e. 9.261 CZK)
Official Award Ceremony:  September 30, 2021.
Language of application: English

This award is included within the Jacques Derrida Award organized by the French Embassy in the Czech Republic and Mgr. Karel Janeček, PhD., MBA, which rewards the best PhD research work in social sciences and humanities in the Czech Republic.

Born from the desire to support young researchers from the Czech Republic who endeavour to embed their research within the European and international networks, this initiative from the CEFRES Platform aims to award an article in social sciences and humanities published in a high-level peer-reviewed academic journal.

Since 2014, CEFRES Platform gathers the French Research Center in Social Sciences in Prague, the Czech Academy of Sciences and Charles University in Prague.

Young researchers from all disciplines in social sciences and humanities from the Czech Republic may apply to the CEFRES Platform special award, whatever the topic of their research may be. Applications must be sent directly by young researchers themselves to the following address:

Eligibility Criteria 

  • to be a Czech or Slovak PhD student or doctor who defended the PhD thesis at the earliest in 2012 in a university of the Czech Republic (so-called “cotutelle” PhDs are eligible)
  • to submit to the award competition an article in English or in French published in a peer-reviewed academic journal recognized by such databases as Web of Science, Scopus, or by the European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH plus)
  • to have published the afore mentioned article between 2017 and 2020 (articles accepted for publication will be excluded, the award being renewed yearly)
  • to submit one article only: applications including two or more articles will be excluded from the competition

Application Package

The following information completed:

  • Name and Surname:
  • Date and place of birth:
  • Personal email:
  • Personal phone number:
  • Personal address:
  • Professional email:
  • Professional phone number:
  • Professional address:
  • Subject of Thesis:
  • Date of (past or forthcoming) defence:
  • Year and Faculty of registration:
  • PhD supervisor(s):
  • Discipline(s):

The application should also include:

  1. An academic curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  2. An off-print of the submitted article for the Prize. NB: only one article will be considered; applications including two articles will be excluded
  3. The complete bibliographical references and a short summary of the submitted article in English or French. Please specify which database mentions the journal (Web of Science, Scopus, or ERIH plus)
  4. A letter explaining the originality and prospects of the research involved in the article

It is possible to submit a paper written by more than one person, provided that each co-author meets the eligibility requirements.

Should a co-written article be declared winner, the prize will be awarded to the candidate who submitted the application, to be distributed among the co-authors.

An interdisciplinary jury presided over by the director of CEFRES and representatives from the CEFRES Platform will select the laureate. The laureate will be notified this summer and will have to be available for the award ceremony.

Supported by Mgr. Karel Janeček, MBA, PhD., the award will be given at the French Embassy in Prague on September 30th, 2021.

To apply to the Jacques Derrida Award, see the conditions here!

Call for Applications: Czech Interns from FF UK at CEFRES

It is possible to apply at any time of the academic year. The applicants must be French and/or English speakers.

Within its cooperation with the Faculty of Arts of Charles University, CEFRES can welcome MA or PhD students from this faculty as interns starting from the academic year 2016-2017. Internships last from one to three months and grant ECTS credits in the student’s curriculum (1 month-4 ECTS, 2 months-8 ECTS, 3 months-12 ECTS).

Candidates must have a good level in French and/or English and preferably be studying French / English philology or translation. However, students from other social and human sciences can also apply.

The intern’s tasks are based on an agreement between the intern and his/her tutor at CEFRES, who will provide the intern with advice and support all through the duration of the internship. A workstation at CEFRES will be provided to each intern and the intern has full access to the library.

The intern’s tasks consist in helping in the day-to-day administration of the institution, which includes, but is not limited to, updating CEFRES website and social networks, translating between French / English and Czech, working at the library and taking part in the organization of the center’s scientific events.

The interns are required to write in French / English a report on their experience at CEFRES. This report will allow the tutor to evaluate the professional training acquired by the student at CEFRES. After the end of the internship, the intern will receive an evaluation form from his/her tutor.

Application package must be sent in both languages: French / English and Czech and include:

  • a CV
  • a cover letter explaining your project and your expectations in terms of learning and training, and stating the period of internship required

For questions on the application procedure, contact us at this address: cefres(@)
tel.: +420 224 921 400


CFA: one funded PhD Position – “Justice, law and politics of history in Central Europe and/or South East Asia”

Sciences Po Paris is looking for a PhD Candidate to join the “Justice, law and politics of history in Central Europe and/or South East Asia” project funded by the CNRS.

This doctoral thesis will question, from a multidisciplinary perspective, the relationships between justice, law and history (the latter being considered as a sector of public action). The research work may contribute to a diversity of fields, including the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of the public uses of the past and/or the sociology of public action. A consideration of issues of temporalities and spatial differences will be needed. The project should lie at the intersection between political science, history and area studies. Mastering one of the Central European languages is requested, and if fieldwork includes a country in Asia, the idiom of this country should also be mastered.

A least three issues will be explored: the judicial writing of history; historians in the courtroom; the place of judicial matters in the public policies of history – in particular war crime trials and/or trials against political opponents. A consideration of the legal and institutional frameworks within which history is written will combine with a reflection on the political and social uses of history.

In the selection of case studies and the devising of research methods, the student will build upon the literature on entangled history, connected histories, and global history. The time frame of the topic will be closely tied to the construction of cases. Empirical research may focus on any segment of the 20th century.

Working Environment

The selected candidate will enrol in Sciences Po Paris’ doctoral programme and will be part of the Political science doctoral school. The doctoral student will work within the Center for International studies (CERI Sciences Po), CNRS, UMR 7050.

CERI is a multidisciplinary centre for research in the social sciences and humanities that brings together specialists of Russia, Central and Southeast Europe, and Asia – among others.

The PhD will be supervised by Dr. Habil. Nadège Ragaru, Sciences Po (CERI-CNRS).

The doctoral student will take part on the collective life and research activities of the center. 

Constraints and Risks

The doctoral contract includes an obligation to conduct fieldwork. The doctoral student will spend at least three months per year doing field research in order to collect empirical data (through participant observation, interviews, etc.). During these periods, the student will be hosted by the Centre français de recherches en sciences sociales (CEFRES), in Prague, Czech Republic. CEFRES is part of the network of French research institutes abroad (UMIFRE). It offers administrative and logistical support and constitutes a stimulating scientific environment, connected with both local and regional research networks. Depending on the case studies chosen, fieldwork in other countries may be required.


  • The candidate must hold a Master’s Degree in social sciences (history, anthropology, sociology, political science) with a specialization in Central and Southeast European studies and/or South Asian area studies. He/she must not be enrolled in another doctoral programme. Mastering one of the languages of Central Europe, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe is requested, and if fieldwork includes a country in Asia, the idiom of this country must also be known.
  • The doctoral thesis can be written in French or in English.


  • The PhD is funded. The selected PhD candidate will sign a “contrat doctoral” granting 2135 euros (gross salary) per month for a period of three years from 1st of October 2019 to 30th of September 2022.
  • The PhD is funded by the CNRS and is a CNRS doctoral contract.
  • The PhD candidate will conduct his or her work based at the CERI – Sciences Po in Paris, France.


All applications for the funded PhD position within the framework of the CNRS-funded project have to be made – exclusively by email – to the following address:

Only complete applications will be reviewed.

The candidates will apply for thePolitical Science Doctoral Programme.

Please include in the subject of your email: CNRS Project “Justice, law and politics of history in Central Europe and/or South East Asia”

Applications requirements are available on the Doctoral school website:

Attention: You must include the following documents in your application:

  • A thesis project in PDF or Word format (2,000 to 5,000 words maximum)
  • A synopsis of your thesis project (two pages) in PDF or Word format
  • Two academic recommendation
  • A CV
  • Proof of identity
  • A copy of the last completed degree (for the PhD in political science, highest honours on the Masters thesis is required) 
  • Transcripts
  • A signed letter from Nadège Ragaru, indicating that she accepts to supervise your thesis and a letter from the CERI Director indicating that he accepts to host you in the research unit. 

Special deadline

The applications are open till the 9th of September 2019 midnight.

Candidates might be contacted for Skype interview between the 10 and 20 of September 2019.

For all questions regarding the project and the academic profile please contact:

For further information about the CERI, see:

For further information about the Doctoral school, see:

CFA (CNRS): TANDEM Program, CNRS / AV ČR, 2022-2024

This year, the French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences in Prague (CEFRES, USR CNRS 3138), CNRS, and the Czech Academy of Sciences (AV ČR) are launching the third call for applications for the “TANDEM” incubator program. “TANDEM” is a program of the CEFRES Platform and endeavors to excellency in social and human sciences. 

The aim of the TANDEM program is to associate two researchers – one from the AV ČR, one from the CNRS (French National Research Center) – around a joint research project leading to the submission of an ERC project (Synergy Grant, but also Starting, Consolidator, or Advanced grants).

The TANDEM team, based in CEFRES, will work for two years, starting in February 2022. ERC projects can be submitted no more than twice during the appointment of the team at CEFRES.

The researcher from CNRS will benefit from a 7 month-long research stay at CEFRES (so-called SMI – “Soutien à mobilité internationale” program) from February to August 2022, and then from a 2 year-long appointment at CEFRES from September 2022 (the so-called “affectation” program supported by CNRS).

The AV ČR researcher of the team in the TANDEM program will be appointed for 50% of her/his work time at CEFRES is funded by AV ČR.

The TANDEM team may also recruit a post-doctoral researcher co-funded by CEFRES and the Charles University.

The constitution of the TANDEM team is planned according to the following agenda:

January 20, 2021: Publication of the call for applications

May 16, 2021: Deadline for the 1st round of applications for CNRS researchers and AV ČR researchers. For CNRS applicants, it is recommended (but not compulsory) to have already found a partner from AV ČR. Applications are to be addressed to CEFRES Director, Mr. Jérôme Heurtaux ( and CEFRES Executive Assistant, Ms. Adéla Landová ( The files for the application are available here:

TANDEM Application Form CNRS
Annex 2 – Letter of commitment of the CAS Researcher
Annex 4 – Letter of commitment of the CNRS Researcher
Annex 5 – Research Project

May 31, 2021: Pre-selection of the 3 best applications by a committee composed of representatives from the AV ČR, CEFRES, and CNRS. The pre-selection will be based on the quality of the research projects and their potential for an ERC application.

June 1–5, 2021: Submission by the 3 pre-selected applicants of a project title and a 3-line description for the open call for applications for a post-doctoral researcher at CEFRES, co-funded by the Charles University and CEFRES, for 2 years (2022-2024). The call will be advertised on both Charles University‘s and CEFRES‘s websites. See the last CFA (for 2020-2021).

September 15, 2021: Deadline for the 2nd round for the 3 pre-selected researchers (from CNRS and/or AV ČR). The names and details related to their CNRS or AV ČR counterparts within the TANDEM team must be enclosed in these final applications.

October 4, 2021: Selection of the 2020-2022 TANDEM team by the committee composed of representatives from the AV ČR, UK, CEFRES, and CNRS. The final selection will be based on the potential of the team for the ERC application.

November 2021: Deadline for application of the CNRS researcher of the selected TANDEM team to CNRS for a 7 months-long research stay at CEFRES (so-called SMI – “Soutien à mobilité internationale” program) from February to August 2022.

March 2022: Deadline for the application of the CNRS researcher of the selected TANDEM team for her/his two-year “affectation” at CEFRES (September 2022–August 2024).


Feel free to send any inquiries related to your TANDEM application, especially to find a potential AV ČR research partner, to the following coordinators: 

Taťána Petrasová, member of the Academy Council of AV ČR and coordinator of AV ČR for the TANDEM program.

Jérôme Heurtaux, Director of CEFRES and coordinator for CEFRES and CNRS for the TANDEM program. The CEFRES Director may help CNRS (or AV ČR) applicants to find potential AV ČR (or CNRS) research partners.

Denisa Jetelinová, AV ČR, Division of International Cooperation, Národní 3, 117 20 Prague 1 – Tel.: (+420) 221 403 287.