Call for Applications: Horizon 2020 ITN - PhD Positions for Early Stage Researchers

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – PhD positions for Early Stage Researchers

There are 15 PhD positions for Early Stage Researchers positions within the scope of the project Eradicating Poverty: Pathways towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals announced on the  ADAPTED web page .European Joint Doctorate (EJD) ADAPTED is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network project funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. For further information about EJD ADAPTED, see 
Bogazici University is looking for two Early Stage Researchers who will work on the following projects:
PhD Position No.1: 
     ESR 3 - Effectiveness of social protection in fighting poverty 
Objectives: The PhD project will examine the determinants of effectiveness of social protection programmes in fighting poverty based on an extended literature survey. Kenya and Ghana serve as empirical case studies. Among other aspects, the project will focus on gender and inter-generational inequalities and how they are affected through social protection schemes. The researcher will select cases of social protection programmes that were successful and compare them with unsuccessful ones in order to identify the factors that lead to success operationalized as effectiveness in reducing poverty levels and increasing the well-being levels of the targeted populations.
Please refer to  for detailed information on this project and the ESR position.
PhD Position No.2:
    ESR 6 - A political ecology approach in evaluating the development agenda: The cases of Ghana and Kenya 
Objectives: The PhD project will examine the implications of existing growth-led paradigms in drafting the development agenda in two African states: Ghana and Kenya. The project will analyse how existing growth-led development paradigms are translated into practice in the form of development planning and projects. The PhD project will adopt a political ecology perspective incorporating resource allocation, power and justice in assessing the extent to which the development agenda of the selected countries offers an approach that not only focus on income growth but also on environmental goods and bads and on their distribution. This will also speak to potential tensions between economic growth and environmental sustainability among various SDGs. The student is expected to carry out fieldwork in both countries and examine a selection of development projects as well as carry out interviews with government officials and experts.
Please refer to  for detailed information on this project and the ESR position.
General eligibility criteria:
Recruiting is in accordance with the European rules of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN regulations for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). Applicants can be of any nationality but must not have resided or carried out any main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting university for more than 12 months in the last 3 years prior to being recruited as ESR. In addition, applicants must have less than 4 years of postgraduate research experience at the time of recruitment.
General selection criteria:
Applicants shall demonstrate a proven interest in interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral research as well as a specific interest in the ADAPTED research areas as evidenced by the application documents. The following requirements are to be met: (1) a previous degree (Master or equivalent) from a recognized university which qualifies for doctoral studies, (2) graded at least upper 2nd or equivalent, (3) in a subject relevant for the planned doctoral studies (Economics, Social or Political Science, Law, and related relevant disciplines), proved by submission of degree certificates and transcripts, (4) English language proficiency proof for non-native speakers equivalent to CEFR level C1 (IELTS 7) or above.
Specific selection criteria:
Specific selection criteria for individual ESR projects are detailed in the respective project description websites indicated above.
Please also make yourself familiar with specific offers for ESRs and procedures at the respective recruiting institution. Relevant information is provided in individual ESR offers.
Application deadline and related information 

  • Please submit your application electronically (one pdf-file) by email to
  • Non-extendable deadline for applications is 31.03.2021 at 23:00 pm (GET).
  • Applicants shortlisted for telephone interviews will be notified by 30.04.2021
  • Telephone/video interviews will take place during the first half of May.
  • All applicants will receive notifications about the results of the ADAPTED selection procedure by 15.05.2021.
  • Offer letters will be sent until 15.06.2021.
  • The recruitment procedure will close and the EJD programme will start on 01.09.2021.