Πρόσκληση εκδήλωσης ενδιαφέροντος για το Διακρατικό-Διαπανεπιστημιακό Διδακτορικό πρόγραμμα σπουδών (PhD) σε «Ανθρώπινα Δικαιώματα, Κοινωνία και Πολυεπίπεδη Διακυβέρνηση».
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UNIVERSITY OF NICOSIA, SCHOOL OF LAW
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
TO THE JOINT DOCTORATE (PhD) IN
HUMAN RIGHTS, SOCIETY, AND MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE
in agreement with
THE UNIVERSITY OF PADOVA, THE UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB, THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN SYDNEY, THE PANTEION UNIVERSITY OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SCIENCES, ATHENS
THE DEADLINE FOR THIS CALL FOR APPLICATIONS IS 15 OCTOBER 2017
1 – SUBJECT OF THE CALL
For the 2017/2018 academic year the University of Nicosia publishes the Selection Announcement for admission to the Joint Doctorate (PhD) in Human Rights, Society, And Multi-Level Governance in agreement with the University of Padova, the University of Zagreb, the University of Western Sydney, and Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens. This call refers to one position.
The Joint Ph.D Degree in “Human Rights, Society, and Multi-level Governance” is a three-year, interdisciplinary, joint academic programme managed by Universities in Australia, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, coordinated by the University of Padova (Italy).
The joint degree will be a Dottorato di ricerca in Italy, a Doktorat iz društvenih znanosti in Croatia, a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in Australia, a Didactoriko Diploma in Greece, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Cyprus.
The doctorate aims at forming researchers with a multi/interdisciplinary profile. The programme includes teaching, research and training in the area of human rights studies, covering the various legal, political, social, philosophical and economic approaches and methodologies, and different geographical areas.
The language of the programme is English. Students will undertake research, take courses and do internships at the University of first enrolment (Home University), and at one or more of the other partner Universities (Host Universities), where they have to spend at least one semester.
2 – ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
- Academic Qualifications: An accredited Bachelor’s degree in Law, Politics, International Relations, European Studies, Public Administration or a related field (LLB, BA, BSc or equivalent) in addition to an accredited Master’s degree in Law, Politics, International Relations, European Studies, Public Administration or a related field (LLM, MA, MSc or equivalent). Copies of degrees awarded must be submitted as part of a complete application package.
- Application form: Applicants must submit an application form for admission and enrolment to the programme. The application form requests general information about the applicant, their qualifications, and relevant experience.
- Curriculum vitae: a complete CV specifying all academic and professional background and activities.
- Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must obtain two recommendation letters from individuals who have known the applicant in an educational and/or professional environment. At least one of the recommendation letters must be from an academic institution where the applicant has studied previously.
- English Language Proficiency: TOEFL (paper based test 600, computer based test 250, internet based test 100) or IELTS 6.5. For students who graduated from an English-speaking University, English language is not a requirement.
- Previous theses/dissertations and any published work of academic relevance (if any).
- Initial Research Proposal: An initial proposal (1,500 – 3,000 words) outlining the research topic, aims and objectives, research questions and proposed research methodology.
- Statement of Purpose: Applicants are required to submit a comprehensive outline highlighting their academic and individual competencies and state why they believe they are suitable for admission to the Programme, as well as their reflections regarding the expectations and value of the Programme for their personal advancement and career development.
- Individual Interviews: The Department Doctoral Programme Committee will hold an individual interview of the applicant prior to deciding. The Department Doctoral Programme Committee, having examined the applicant’s suitability against the entry criteria, having reviewed the application and interviewed the applicant, will determine his or her suitability and the appropriateness of their initial proposal.
- In view of the limited number of applicants to be admitted to the programme, the Department Doctoral Programme Committee will decide on the basis of merit and by evaluating specific criteria who are the most suitable candidates to be admitted to the programme. The Committee will exercise its judgment, taking into account the overall quality, merit and feasibleness of the research proposal, the quality of the prior research work of the candidate and the candidate’s academic and other relevant qualifications as included in the curriculum vitae and the applicant’s replies and performance during the individual interview.
- In assessing the research proposal, the Committee will also examine the extent to which it corresponds with the objectives of the PhD programme as described in Annex 1 of the Joint PhD Agreement, i.e. producing researchers with a multi/interdisciplinary profile, mainly in the fields of law, politics, economics and sociology, where both theoretical dimensions and empirical analyses are given relevance in the overall approach to be embraced. The proposal should aim to address the multi-level dimensions of human rights implementation policies, focusing on the most innovative and critical developments, so as to critically assess the effectiveness and consistency of doctrines and practices and their impact. Focus should be on the global dimension; the European regional context as well as other regional systems; the nation-wide dimensions, preferably with a comparative approach; or the local community actors and dynamics. Institutions and private actors’ roles can be addressed. The proposal should aim to reflect the subjects addressed in the human rights instruments, as well as the practice that comes along with their implementation.
- The decision to admit the selected students to the programme must be approved by the Academic Board of the programme.
3 – APPLICATION FORM
The application form to participate in the selection process may only be submitted using the dedicated online procedure, available at: https://www.unic.ac.cy/apply.
Application forms must be submitted no later than 13.00 (EET) on the announcement deadline date of 15 October 2017.
4 – ADMISSION PROCEDURES AND ENTRY EXAMINATIONS
The Committee will carry out a pre-selection on the basis of the academic qualifications presented by the candidate. Candidates who pass the pre-selection phase will be invited to an interview. Candidates may take the interview remotely, using videoconferencing equipment (e.g. Skype).
5 – ENROLMENT
Successful candidates must enroll by 1 November 2017.
6 – COURSE START DATES AND OBLIGATIONS OF PHD STUDENTS
The doctoral programme will begin on 1 November 2017.
Admission to a PhD course is a full time, exclusive commitment.
The University offers a full scholarship for the PhD student selected. PhD students are thus exempted from university tuition fees
PhD students are obliged to carry out the activities relating to their approved research plan and to present a report on the activities and research carried out to the competent body of the Course at the end of each year, as well as the PhD thesis, complete with original contributions, at the end of the course. Theses must be submitted in accordance with the procedures established in the University Regulations for PhD studies.
After evaluating the activities carried out by the PhD student, the competent body of the Course will deliberate whether to admit the PhD student to the next year of the course. With a substantiated decision, the Doctoral Board may also propose to the Rector that the student be excluded from continuing the Course.
7 – OBTAINING THE ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION
The final examination will consist in an interview on the doctoral thesis.
Following the successful completion of the final examination, the doctoral degree in “Human Rights, Society, and Multi-Level Governance” will be awarded. The certificate confirming the award of the joint doctoral degree will bear the logos of the Partner Universities and it will include the signatures of the respective legal representatives according to the rules of each University.
JOINT DOCTORATE (PhD) IN
HUMAN RIGHTS, SOCIETY, AND MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE
in agreement with
The University of Padova, the University of Zagreb, the University of Western Sydney University, and Panteion University of Social and Political Science, Athens
School: School of Law
Duration: 3 years
Number of positions: 1 position with full scholarship
Selection criteria: PRESELECTION ON THE BASIS OF EVALUATION OF QUALIFICATIONS AND INTERVIEW
Preselection: 17 October 2017 at 11.00
Announcement of results: 18 October 2017
Oral examination: 25 October 2017 at 11.00
Enrollment: 1 November 2017
Language/s: Qualifications must be submitted in English and the interview will be conducted in English
PhD Course Website: http://www.humanrights-jointphd.org/
Further information: For assistance with completion of the online application contact Admissions Counselor Ms. Marigeorgia Voskaridou via email at Voskaridou.firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at +357 22841674.
For academic information related to the joint doctorate contact the Programme Coordinator Dr. Odysseas Christou via email at Christou.email@example.com or telephone at +357 22 841691.
How to apply: The application must be submitted only via the online procedure available at: https://www.unic.ac.cy/apply