Postgraduate research

PGR Convenor
Dr Zsuzsanna Varga

We have a dynamic and thriving PhD student community which plays a significant role in the research activities of the subject area. Our students regularly deliver papers at leading international conferences, publish their findings in leading scholarly journals, and are helping to shape the research agendas in their respective areas.

Postgraduate students are provided with numerous opportunities to advance their research skills and subject knowledge. These include regular talks and classes by leading academics via an extensive visiting scholars programme, cross-institutional workshops and mini-conferences. Students also benefit from the opportunity to participate in international Summer Schools and regular joint events with a number of partner universities including the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki.

In addition, CEES Postgraduates are supported by:

  • Work in Progress Seminar Series for the discussion of key findings and methodological issues;
  • CEES Seminar Series which attracts leading scholars and policymakers working in the region;
  • Individual postgraduate review panels at which the Doctoral Convenor and individual supervisors can meet to discuss progress with each student;
  • CV development through opportunities to tutor and teach at both Undergraduate Level and Postgraduate Level and to actively participate in research projects.

PhD Supervision

Our staff provide supervision in a wide range of subjects linked to our strengths in both historical processes and contemporary societal and political changes within the region. We are also involved in joint supervision teams with colleagues from across the College of Social Sciences. Read our staff profiles for more information about our research specialisms.

Funding Opportunities

We support students studying both full-time and part-time and our current students are funded through diverse sources including UK Research Councils and the University's own College of Social Sciences. Together with Edinburgh we form the Language-Based Area Studies Pathway of the Economic and Social Research Council-(ESRC) funded Scottish Graduate School of Social Science's Doctoral Training Centre.

How to apply