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    EPOG-DN is a Marie Skłodows­ka-Curie Doc­tor­al Net­work (2024–2028) that offers 11 PhD posi­tions sched­uled to com­mence in September/October 2024. PhD posi­tions are 36-month positions.

    The call remains open up to May but posi­tions will be filled as soon as we receive an excel­lent can­di­date. Indi­vid­ual research projects will be with­drawn from the list as soon as a deci­sion is made to recruit a can­di­date on those projects.

    The fol­low­ing projects are still open to applicants:

    • DC2 — Which role for low-tech, com­mons-based man­u­fac­tur­ing and decen­tralised pro­duc­tion with­in the eco­log­i­cal tran­si­tion perspective
    • DC5 — Stock-flow con­sis­tent mod­el­ling with a Uni­fied assets Frame­work for Improved Sus­tain­abil­i­ty deci­sion-sup­port (SUFIS)
    • DC6 — Eco­nom­ic metab­o­lism and unequal exchange: a Glob­al North / Glob­al South perspective
    • DC10 — Work­place democ­ra­cy and the eco­log­i­cal transition

    Appli­ca­tion plat­form: https://application.epog.eu

    The fol­low­ing projects are now closed for applications:

    • DC1 — Plat­forms, big tech com­pa­nies and the eco­log­i­cal transition
    • DC3 — Big Data and In Natu­ra Cal­cu­la­tion for Eco­log­i­cal Planning
    • DC4 — Inte­grat­ed Assess­ment Mod­els: meth­ods and appli­ca­tions to under­stand and man­age complexity
    • DC7 — Rethink­ing devel­op­ment in devel­op­ing coun­tries: evo­lu­tion of pro­duc­tive struc­ture, depen­dence and trade in the con­text of the eco­log­i­cal transition
    • DC8 — Well­be­ing with­out growth
    • DC9 — The wage-labour nexus in a plan­e­tary bound­aries-fit economy
    • DC11 — Con­tri­bu­tion of envi­ron­men­tal NGO’s to urban eco­log­i­cal restora­tion and rewil­d­ing dynamics


    Academic requirements

    Mas­ter’s degree (or equiv­a­lent) in eco­nom­ics (or any oth­er field pro­vid­ed a min­i­mum of 36 ECTS – or equiv­a­lent – in eco­nom­ics — descrip­tion of ECTS in the FAQ sec­tion).

    Can­di­dates who plan to grad­u­ate by 31st July will be pro­vi­sion­al­ly accept­ed and will be required to pro­vide copies of their degree cer­tifi­cates by 31st August.

    Note that, to be eli­gi­ble, a doc­tor­al can­di­date can­not already have a doc­tor­al degree at the date of the recruitment.

    Recruit­ed researchers can be of any nation­al­i­ty and must com­ply with the fol­low­ing mobil­i­ty rule: they must not have resided or car­ried out their main activ­i­ty (work, stud­ies, etc.) in the coun­try of the recruit­ing ben­e­fi­cia­ry for more than 12 months in the 36 months imme­di­ate­ly before their recruit­ment date.

    For ‘Inter­na­tion­al Euro­pean Research Organ­i­sa­tions’ (IERO), ‘inter­na­tion­al organ­i­sa­tions’, or enti­ties cre­at­ed under Union law, the researchers must not have spent more than 12 months in the 36 months imme­di­ate­ly before their recruit­ment in the same appoint­ing organ­i­sa­tion. Com­pul­so­ry nation­al ser­vice, short stays such as hol­i­days and time spent by the researcher as part of a pro­ce­dure for obtain­ing refugee sta­tus under the Gene­va Con­ven­tion are not tak­en into account.

    With proof of the lan­guage lev­el (pro­vid­ed no lat­er than June 10). The fol­low­ing tests and min­i­mum scores are accept­ed: TOEFL (Com­put­er-based: 237; Paper ver­sion: 580; Inter­net ver­sion: 87 or above), IELTS (6.5, aca­d­e­m­ic ver­sion); Cam­bridge Pro­fi­cien­cy Exam­i­na­tion (C ), Cam­bridge Advanced Eng­lish Test (B), CEFR (B2). If you have a Grad­u­ate Record Exam­i­na­tion (GRE) with a Gen­er­al Test score of at least 150 for ver­bal rea­son­ing, 4 for ana­lyt­i­cal writ­ing, and 151 for quan­ti­ta­tive rea­son­ing, it can be con­sid­ered a proof of your pro­fi­cien­cy in English.

    Knowl­edge of French, Ital­ian or Ger­man is not manda­to­ry, but is tak­en into account. Those stu­dents con­cerned must pro­vide offi­cial proof of their lan­guage skills (for­eign lan­guage diplo­ma or DIALANG Euro­pean test).

    The appli­cants should high­light their inter­est, knowl­edge and moti­va­tion to engage with het­ero­dox approach­es of economics.


    EU financial contribution for doctoral candidates (DCs)

    Marie Sklodows­ka-Curie doc­tor­al can­di­dates (DCs) receive:

    • a month­ly allowance (gross salary) of 3,400€/month, adjust­ed based on the cost of liv­ing in their host coun­try in order to ensure equal treat­ment and pur­chas­ing pow­er par­i­ty for all researchers (coef­fi­cients are: 1.164 for France, 0.974 for Italy, 1.32 for Den­mark, 0.913 for Spain, 1.286 for Switzer­land). The liv­ing allowance is a gross amount, includ­ing com­pul­so­ry deduc­tions under nation­al law, such as employ­er and employ­ee social secu­ri­ty con­tri­bu­tions and direct tax­es. The doc­tor­al can­di­dateben­e­fit from a con­tract with full social secu­ri­ty cov­er­age (includ­ing sick­ness, parental, unem­ploy­ment and inva­lid­i­ty ben­e­fits, pen­sion rights, ben­e­fits in respect of acci­dents at work and occu­pa­tion­al diseases);
    • a mobil­i­ty allowance of 600€/month. This allowance cov­ers their addi­tion­al, pri­vate mobil­i­ty-relat­ed costs (e.g. trav­el and accom­mo­da­tion costs).
    • If the recruit­ed doc­tor­al can­di­date has or acquires fam­i­ly oblig­a­tions dur­ing the action dura­tion, i.e. per­sons linked to him/her by (i) mar­riage, or (ii) a rela­tion­ship with equiv­a­lent sta­tus to a mar­riage recog­nised by the leg­is­la­tion of the coun­try or region where this rela­tion­ship was for­malised; or (iii) depen­dent chil­dren who are actu­al­ly being main­tained by the researcher, the DC receives a fam­i­ly allowance of 660€/month. Spe­cial needs could be also cov­ered for researchers with dis­abil­i­ties, whose long-term phys­i­cal, men­tal, intel­lec­tu­al or sen­so­ry impair­ments are cer­ti­fied by a com­pe­tent nation­al author­i­ty, and of such nature that their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the action may not be pos­si­ble with­out them (e.g. assis­tance by third per­sons, adap­ta­tion of work envi­ron­ment, addi­tion­al travel/transportation costs). These spe­cial needs items or ser­vices must not have been fund­ed from anoth­er source (e.g. social secu­ri­ty or health insur­ance). Both long-term leave and spe­cial needs allowances should be request­ed when the need arises.


    Application procedure (online submission)

    Appli­cants must fill the online form and pro­vide a set of infor­ma­tion and scanned doc­u­ments, as decribed below. It is impor­tant to note that the appli­ca­tion pro­ce­dure takes time (in par­tic­u­lar to get the rec­om­men­da­tion let­ters) and should thus be anticipated.

    Appli­cants should not send their details and doc­u­ments by email.

    When the call is opened, the appli­cants must fill the fol­low­ing online form.

    (In case you have a prob­lem to log in the appli­ca­tion form after cre­at­ing your account, try to click on the top-left logos or log out and log in once again).

    Pos­si­bly using the Europass for­mat (not mandatory).

    The scanned copy of an orig­i­nal diplo­ma shall prove suc­cess­full com­ple­tion of a post-grad­u­ate (Mas­ter’s degree or equiv­a­lent) cor­re­spond­ing to at least 300 ECTS. 

    Can­di­dates who plan to grad­u­ate by the 31st of July can apply. They can be pro­vi­sion­al­ly accept­ed. They will be required to pro­vide copies of their degree cer­tifi­cates by the 31st of August. At appli­ca­tion stage, they must pro­vide a sworn state­ment stat­ing when they expect to receive their degree.

    If your degree is not issued in Eng­lish, a trans­la­tion in Eng­lish is need­ed (please write the degree title in Eng­lish in the descrip­tion). If you do not have an offi­cial trans­la­tion, you can upload a non-offi­cial trans­la­tion along with the orig­i­nal diplo­ma. If you are pre-select­ed for the course, an offi­cial trans­la­tion will be required. 

    Elec­tron­ic (scanned) ver­sion of all avail­able aca­d­e­m­ic records (at the date of the appli­ca­tion) in their orig­i­nal ver­sion (aca­d­e­m­ic tran­scripts to the above men­tionned diplo­mas, includ­ing all com­plet­ed cours­es at the time of appli­ca­tion, not only those of the cur­rent year). If your tran­scripts are not issued in Eng­lish, a trans­la­tion in Eng­lish is need­ed. If you do not have an offi­cial trans­la­tion, you can upload a non-offi­cial trans­la­tion along with the orig­i­nal diplo­ma. If you are pre-select­ed for the course, an offi­cial trans­la­tion will be required. 

    Doc­u­ments should be accom­pa­nied by a (pos­si­bly certified/official) trans­la­tion in Eng­lish. Please note that all select­ed appli­cants will have to pro­vide a cer­ti­fied (legal­ly attest­ed) trans­la­tion in the Eng­lish lan­guage by June 10 at the latest.

    The aca­d­e­m­ic records shall evi­dence that the appli­cant owns a min­i­mum of 36 ECTS (or equiv­a­lent) in eco­nom­ics. They shall also evi­dence that the min­i­mum require­ments (as stat­ed in the “Admis­sion require­ments” sec­tion, above) are ful­filled for the cho­sen Major(s)/Minor(s).

    Appli­cants are also encour­aged to pro­vide their diplo­ma sup­ple­ment, if they have one.

    Proof of Eng­lish pro­fi­cien­cy (pro­vid­ed no lat­er than June 10) is required except for Eng­lish native speak­ers or for appli­cants who have a high­er edu­ca­tion degree entire­ly taught in Eng­lish (in this case, or if your test is not avail­able by the sub­mis­sion dead­line, please sub­mit a sworn statement.

    The fol­low­ing tests and min­i­mum scores are accept­ed : TOEFL (Com­put­er-based: 237; Paper ver­sion: 580; Inter­net ver­sion: 87 or above), IELTS (6.5, aca­d­e­m­ic ver­sion); Cam­bridge Pro­fi­cien­cy Exam­i­na­tion ©, Cam­bridge Advanced Eng­lish Test (B), CERF (B2). If you have a Grad­u­ate Record Exam­i­na­tion (GRE) with a Gen­er­al Test score of at least 450 for ver­bal rea­son­ing, 4.1 for ana­lyt­i­cal writ­ing, and 650 for quan­ti­ta­tive rea­son­ing, it can be con­sid­ered a proof of your pro­fi­cien­cy in English.

    Non manda­to­ry proof of French, Ital­ian or Ger­man proficiency.

    Appli­cants who have already issued their mas­ter’s the­sis are invit­ed to pro­vide it on the appli­ca­tion platform.

    Appli­cants are also encour­ages to pro­vide a selec­tion of pub­li­ca­tions (if they already pub­lished in sci­en­tif­ic jour­nals or conferences).

    Appli­cants must pro­vide a 8–10 pages PhD pro­pos­al, based on the Indi­vid­ual research project they want to apply for.

    The PhD pro­pos­al shall include:

    • the choice of Indi­vid­ual research project
    • its impor­tance and rel­e­vance with respect to the exist­ing lit­er­a­ture and its topicality,
    • the pro­posed approach and methodology,
    • the hypoth­e­sis / results expec­ta­tions (if you already have ideas),
    • a time­line (with rel­e­vant mobility),
    • a list of references,
    • an ethics statement.

    The two rec­om­men­da­tion let­ters shall be issued by teachers/professors or job super­vi­sors. They shall assess explicite­ly the applicant’s abil­i­ty to engage in a PhD. 

    The ref­er­ence let­ter should include: date of issue, name, insti­tu­tion, posi­tion, sig­na­ture, offi­cial stamp (if avail­able) and con­tact details (phone num­ber and email) of the person/institution rec­om­mend­ing the student. 

    The scanned copy of a (valid) pass­port is to attest the nation­al­i­ty of the stu­dent. Appli­cants with mul­ti­ple nation­al­i­ties must pro­vide the copy of the pass­port cor­re­spond­ing to the nation­al­i­ty they are apply­ing with. Cit­i­zens from the EU (only) can use their ID as proof of nationality. 

    Appli­cants must ful­fill the “mobil­i­ty rule” as defined in the “Aca­d­e­m­ic require­ments” sec­tion above. Appli­cants shall thus pro­vide a proof of place of res­i­dence / main activ­i­ty for the past 36 months. This proof can include:

    • res­i­dence certificate;
    • cer­tifi­cate or con­fir­ma­tion let­ter from the applicant’s place of work, study or train­ing issued by the employ­er or insti­tu­tion in question;
    • receipt of the tax pay­ment, res­i­den­tial rental agree­ment or employ­ment contract; 
    • con­fir­ma­tion from your flat own­er, that you are liv­ing on this address;
    • invoice (e.g. from your elec­tric­i­ty or water provider).

    Stu­dents must also pro­vide a sworn state­ment that they ful­fill the “mobil­i­ty rule”, attest­ing in par­tic­u­lar the accu­ra­cy of the infor­ma­tion con­cern­ing the appli­can­t’s place of res­i­dence in the past five years.

    Please see the FAQ page for more details or spe­cif­ic ques­tions (in par­tic­u­lar the Sec­tion 6, “Proof of res­i­dence: what should you do if…”).

    All these doc­u­ments have to be uploaded in the Attach­ments sec­tion of the appli­ca­tion form. Please do not send them by email.


    Selection criteria and process

    The cri­te­ria for selec­tion will com­prise aca­d­e­m­ic qual­i­fi­ca­tions (40%) and research pro­pos­al qual­i­ty (60%).

    Appli­ca­tions will be scru­ti­nised by both poten­tial super­vi­sors and degree award­ing insti­tu­tions, WP lead­ers and the Sci­en­tif­ic Coor­di­na­tor. The recruit­ment process will involve: (i) pre­s­e­lec­tion, decid­ed joint­ly by all the super­vi­sors involved in the cor­re­spond­ing WP; should one super­vi­sor reject an appli­cant, for a good rea­son, the can­di­date will not be con­sid­ered; (ii) online inter­views with the short­list­ed can­di­dates in front of the recruit­ment com­mit­tee, to con­firm sci­en­tif­ic skills and to try to achieve gen­der equal­i­ty and diversity.

    Region­al, gen­der and social sit­u­a­tion will be tak­en into account in the final selec­tion (i.e. among the best can­di­dates) but will not take prece­dence over mer­it, qual­i­ty and com­pe­tence. The process will respect the prin­ci­ples of Euraxess “Euro­pean Char­ter for Researchers” and the “Code of Con­duct for the Recruit­ment of Researchers” includ­ing non-dis­crim­i­na­tion, equal treat­ment, trans­paren­cy, recog­ni­tion of qual­i­fi­ca­tions, life­long devel­op­ment and mobil­i­ty expe­ri­ence. The final selec­tion of can­di­dates will com­ply with the max­i­mum num­ber of schol­ar­ships per coun­try and per insti­tu­tion of ori­gin defined by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion. Stu­dents with spe­cial needs will ben­e­fit from extra time for exam­i­na­tions and will ben­e­fit from ded­i­cat­ed instal­la­tions in each part­ner institution.


    Timing

    Open­ing of the appli­ca­tion platformJan­u­ary 2024
    1st appli­ca­tion deadlineMarch 1, 2023 (13:00, Paris time)
    Inter­views (appli­cants must plan to be avail­able dur­ing that period)March-April 2024
    Selec­tion resultsMarch or April for those who applied on March 1
    2nd appli­ca­tion deadlineAppli­ca­tions sub­mit­ted pri­or to March 1, 2024, will receive pri­ma­ry con­sid­er­a­tion and under­go review through­out the month of March. Nonethe­less, we may con­sid­er appli­ca­tions received after this date until all posi­tions are filled.

    For spe­cif­ic ques­tions, please check the FAQ sec­tion of our web­site.
    Email: appli­ca­tion [at] epog-dn.eu

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