The Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern and the University of Teacher Education, PHBern in Switzerland are looking for an excellent candidate to undertake a doctoral project as part of a Swiss-Turkish research cooperation, funded by the Swiss National Foundation.
The project will look at the educational pathways of young unaccompanied asylum seekers aged between 14 and 21, a group whose access to education is frequently described as at-risk. Based on two in-depth ethnographic studies, one in Switzerland, the other in Turkey , the goal of this project is to come to a better understanding of how different legal, political and educational frameworks restrict or enhance young people’s educational opportunities. While the dynamics in Turkey and Switzerland are marked by different characteristics, they both produce highly contingent situations, establishing (enforced) transnationalism and mobility as a new normality for many young people and raising the question of how these changed conditions form and transform their educational pathways. In comparing the lived experiences of young unaccompanied asylum seekers in the two countries, we intend to establish how different degrees of control and uncertainty, and agency and ambition impact on young people’s educational biographies.
The doctoral project based on ethnographic fieldwork in Turkey will be conducted by the PhD-student and will add an important dimension to the study. The successful candidate will receive a 3-year scholarship of approx. 40,000€ gross per year, and in addition conference and travel costs will be covered.
For a description of the selection criteria, contact details and more information please read the attached job description [Moderator's note: please see the information pasted below]. The application deadline is the 10th of November 2014.
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Project description and contact details:
What does the scholarship provide?
- The scholarship will provide a stipend of approximately EUR 40’000 (gross) per year for up to 3 years and in addition will pay conference and travel costs.
Project start: February 1, 2015
- Completed MA thesis in Social Anthropology or a related field (such as sociology, migration studies or cultural studies)
- Experienced in fieldwork
- Excellent Turkish skills requested
- Excellent or very good English skills requested
- Experienced in teamwork
- Organisational talent
- High level of work motivation
Your application should include the following documents:
- Letter of intent
- Scientific CV
- List of publications
- Contact details for two academic referees
Need more information?
- Contact Prof. Dr Sabine Strasser, [log in to unmask]; +41 31 631 89 68
Applicants should submit the application by email until November 10, 2014 to [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask]
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