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Post-doctoral fellowship in international security policy and public opinion

Jointly funded by the A. v. Humboldt Foundation and the Cambridge YouGov Centre

The Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge is prepared to provide match-funding to individuals interested in applying for a Feodor Lynen fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. Details on the Feodor Lynen fellowship programme can be found here: https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/lynen-fellowship.html. Please, note that to be eligible for the fellowship, you need to either: (a) be a German national, or (b) have been working in Germany in an academic research capacity for at least five years at the time of application, or (c) have completed your school education and a university degree, or a university degree and a doctorate, in Germany, and Germany has to be your principal country of residence and work at the time of application.

 POLIS is particularly interested in supporting applications from young PhD holders whose research focuses on public attitudes to military intervention, peacekeeping, and multi-national coalition operations, preferably in cross-national perspective. Candidates whose research focuses more generally on the role of domestic politics and public opinion in shaping countries’ international security policy – especially though not necessarily from a transatlantic perspective – are also encouraged to apply. Prior experience with public opinion research is a definite asset. The successful candidate will be able to work on his or her own research project, under the general supervision of Dr. Stefano Recchia, lecturer in international relations at POLIS. The fellowship holder will be able to draw on the extensive resources of the Cambridge YouGov Centre for Public Opinion and Policy Research, and he/she will be encouraged to participate in the Centre’s activities.

 Individuals interested in coming to work at POLIS as Feodor Lynen fellows should send a short outline of their intended research project (maximum 2,000 words), a CV with list of publications, and a writing sample of maximum 10,000 words, to: applications@polis.cam.ac.uk. Individuals who are in doubt as to whether their project falls within the scope of the post may contact Dr. Recchia at sr638@cam.ac.uk. Once a suitable candidate has been identified and is informed of this by POLIS, he/she will need to apply for a Lynen fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. It is anticipated that there will be one match-funded position available each academic year. The Department currently has funding available from 1st October 2016.