Category Archives: Post graduate

MEP Internship Offer

Would you like to find out more about the dynamic working environment of the European Parliament? Do you want to take part in important political negotiations and explore every activities of MEP?

Czech MEP Tomas Zdechovsky (EPP) is looking for an intern for period 7 September 2020 to 30 April 2021.

Requirements:

  • finished university education
  • native English speaker (French or other languages welcomed)
  • research and analytical skills
  • excellent communication and organisation skills
  • proactivity and flexibility

Your main tasks will include mainly following relevant parliamentary committees, back office support for MEP and his team, communication with stakeholders, public and media.

The internship is paid and can be possibly followed by a full-time contract.

Your CV and motivation letter should be sent to sabina.vanderlande@europarl.europa.eu  until 26th June 2020. Please do not forget to mention why are you particularly interested in working in our office and what are you expecting from the traineeship.

Upcoming POLIR Careers Events

The School of Politics and International Relations has a number of exciting careers events and opportunities coming up this term.

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Careers in Diplomacy with guest speaker Owen Traylor
5th March 2020  * 11am – 12pm * GS6
There’s no such thing as a typical Diplomatic career. You could be based in London or working in one of the Foreign Office’s small, challenging or remote embassies, or working on global issues in one of our large embassies in Washington and Paris. Find out more at our Careers in Diplomacy Event. Guest speaker Owen Traylor, former Deputy Ambassador at the British Embassy in Israel will speak about his career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Service. Owen served for more than three decades in the British Foreign Service; including on the Cabinet Office Committee on Northern Ireland in the run-up to the Good Friday Agreement; in Turkey; Japan and Israel.

Brussels Trip to the European Parliament
13th- 15th March 2020
PolIR, EUROSOC, the Global Europe Centre and CAS are organising a student trip to Brussels. It will include a guided tour of the European Parliament, other Brussels-based institutions, museums and the city highlights. If you are interested, please sign up by Thursday, February 27th. The estimated price of the trip is £120 and includes a return bus from Canterbury and 2 nights in a central Brussels hotel with breakfast.

Women in Politics – Careers Panel  – 20th March 2020
From 6pm – 7pm in GLT3 with a reception in the Grimond Foyer
To celebrate International Women’s Day we have invited a panel of accomplished women with careers in a wide range of Political fields. Hear them speak about their career journeys followed by a networking reception with refreshments. CANCELLED 

Careers in International Affairs Forum
POLIR Fully Funded Field Trip – 30th April 2020
Careers in International Affairs Forum is an annual meeting in which students, graduates, recruiters and experts will network, share their offerings and exchange insights in the field of international affairs. Young people interested in pursuing their careers in foreign relations and diplomacy will have a chance to meet and hear from key employers such as think tanks, NGOS and humanitarian organisations. 

Careers in International Affairs Funded Field Trip – Apply Now

The School of Politics and International Relations is funding a field trip to the Careers in International Affairs Forum on the 30th April 2020 in central London.

To be considered for a place (event tickets and coach travel from the Canterbury campus to London*) please email aspirations@kent.ac.uk with a short motivational statement by 25th February 2020 .

* Please also advise if you will want coach travel from the Canterbury campus to the event in London, or if you plan to make your own way there. 

Careers in International Affairs Forum

Is an annual meeting in which students, graduates, recruiters and experts will network, share their offerings and exchange insights in the field of international affairs. The fifth edition will take place on the 30th of April 2020. Young people interested in pursuing their careers in foreign relations and diplomacy will have a chance not only to meet representatives of prospective employers but also of the academic institutions .

Pursuing a career in international affairs is an exciting path that requires a multitude of skills and knowledge as prerequisites before embarking on this international journey.

Multi disciplinary background sounds to be crucial especially for practitioners career path in foreign service, international organisations and media rather than research career path in think tanks or universities. Understanding of complex interrelationships, profound knowledge of other countries, political systems, and different mentalities, in addition to interest in people and the ability to combine this knowledge are qualities of successful international affairs professionals.

One of the ways to acquire these competencies is a postgraduate degree which provide participants, in addition to knowledge, with global network of contacts valuable as they progress in their careers. Learning foreign languages is another factor that is necessary in pursuing a career in international affairs. If you speak Arabic, Russian or Chinese in Europe and United States, it will definitely give you an advantage in your career in the field. Interpersonal skills are very important for a successful career in this field as it is required to be able to build and maintain good relationships – ultimately between nations, but starting with individuals and smaller groups. International experience such as studying abroad or volunteering for an NGO is an asset for an international career.

It is a competitive career , the more professional courses you can take, the better- the more internships and summer jobs that are relevant to the field, at places people have heard of, the better, the more relevant skills and competed projects that you can talk about in your interviews.

 

Women in Academia Careers Event 23rd January

As part of the panel series “Female Leaders” this careers event introduces successful women pursuing a career in the highly competitive field of academia.

The event aims to inform and motivate women and to encourage building effective networks. The speakers will share their career path, challenges and advice in moderated rounds.

We welcome questions for these rounds in advance via the following email: aspirations@kent.ac.uk.

The session will conclude with an open Q&A session and networking with refreshments afterwards.

Date: 23rd of January 2019 at 5:30 – 7pm
Location: Templeman Lecture Theatre

Panellists:
Dr Nadine Ansorg, Senior Lecturer in International Conflict Analysis
Dr Heejung Chung, Reader in Sociology and Social Policy
Dr Andrea den Boer, Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Dr Harmonie Toros, Reader in International Conflict Analysis

 

 

 

 

Politics & International Relations PhD Scholarships

The School has a long tradition of high-quality research among its staff and students. The School’s vibrant research culture attracts students from all over the work who conduct research at the forefront of our discipline. The breadth of expertise within the School enables us to provide research supervision on a wide range of topics across Politics and International Relations.

Research students can specialise in one of the following areas:

The school welcomes applications from any sub-field of political science and international relations in which we have expertise. The School would like to particularly encourage applications for PhDs in International Relations or Comparative Politics with a focus on gender and identity politics, or women and politics. We welcome proposals with qualitative, quantitative, or mixed method approaches.

Candidates are not required to contact a potential supervisor before submitting a formal application and any informal enquiries can be sent directly to polirpgadmissions@kent.ac.uk.

The research interests of our staff can be found here.

PhD Scholarships

We are pleased to offer the following scholarship opportunities:

The School is also pleased to offer one overseas student scholarship, like the university VC scholarships the scholarship will be administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Schemebut in addition this scholarship will cover tuition fees at the overseas student rate.

Deadline summary

Below is a summary of the main application deadline. Further deadline information can be found after the above scholarship links. Please note that only complete applications can be considered by the below deadlines, so we would urge you to submit your application in advance of the application to allow time for information requests and references.

  • AHRC funded CHASE scholarship: Midnight (GMT) Friday 10 January
  • Vice Chancellor’s Research scholarship: Midnight (GMT) Sunday 19 January
  • GCDC Scholarship: Midnight (GMT) Sunday 19 January
  • Overseas school scholarship: Midnight (GMT) Sunday 19 January
  • ESRC funded SeNSS scholarship: Midnight (GMT) Monday 20 January

Interviews

All interviews for successfully shortlisted candidates will take place in the week commencing 27 February 2020. All PhD applicants should be available to attend an interview either in person or via Skype during this week.

Further information

For more information on any of our scholarships please contact polirpgadmissions@kent.ac.uk.

Application Link

 

Alfa Fellowship Program – Deadline 15 November

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative that each year offers up to 18 accomplished young Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Over the course of the program, fellows complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training.

The fellowship provides a monthly stipend, accommodation, insurance, all program-related travel costs, language training in Russia, and private tutoring in the U.S., U.K., or Germany.

Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are to expand networks of American, British, German, and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance knowledge of Russian affairs in the West.

Participant Profile

Fellows have a demonstrated interest in Russian and European and Eurasian affairs, exceptional academic and professional credentials, proven personal initiative, and clear goals and expectations for their professional assignments.

Fellows are between the ages of 25 and 35 with graduate degrees and professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or related fields.

Fellows possess leadership potential and are active in community or public service.

While Russian language skills vary, most fellows have studied Russian for at least two years at the post-secondary level.

Eligibility Requirements

U.S., U.K., or German citizen between the ages of 25 and 35 (Russian citizens are ineligible to apply, including individuals who are also citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, or Germany)
Bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of relevant professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a related field

Desired Qualifications

  • Outstanding professional achievement and academic qualifications
  • Active involvement in community or public service
  • Russian language experience is preferred, however not required, at the time of application. If an applicant does not speak Russian, he or she will need to demonstrate proficiency in another foreign language to qualify for the program
  • Graduate degree in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, international relations, or a related field
  • Evidence of leadership potential

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a professional-level initiative focused on the fellows’ assignments in Russia. The Alfa Fellowship Program will not sponsor independent or academic research.

The Alfa Fellowship Program includes the following benefits:

  • Round-trip transportation to New York City or London and accommodation (if needed) for selection interviews
  • Orientation seminar in Washington, D.C., including speakers, activities, travel, and accommodation
  • Program-related transportation between U.S./U.K./Germany and Russia
  • Pre-departure and Russia-based language training
  • Moscow Seminar Program, including briefings, assignment planning, and excursions
  • A generous monthly stipend during the program in Russia
  • All program-related travel within Russia
  • Accommodation in Moscow
  • Limited international health, accident, and liability insurance during the program in Russia

Application Deadline:

The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 program year is:

November 15, 2019

For details regarding the application process and to access the online application, please visit the How to Apply section.

Selection Interviews 2020:

Interviews for candidates based in the U.S. take place in late January in NYC, and interviews for candidates based in Europe take place in mid-February in London.

Please note: if selected to interview, you will be required to attend the interview in person on the day it is scheduled in order to be considered for the fellowship.

If you are offered and choose to accept the fellowship, the program begins in March. For more information and to apply please visit:

https://culturalvistas.org/programs/abroad/alfa-fellowship-program

 

Thinking of Postgraduate Study in Politics & IR?

Tuesday 26 March (week 23), 12:30 13:30. Cornwallis East 329

Join us for a slice of pizza and a chat to discuss our range of postgraduate programmes.

Meet our Director of postgraduate studies as well as our admissions team and ask any questions you might have about post graduate study. You will also have the opportunity to speak to current postgraduate students. And did we also mention pizza?!

MP for Dover & Deal recruiting for a Graduate Caseworker

Charlie Elphicke, the Member of Parliament for Dover and Deal, is adding a full-time caseworker to his local team.

Do you have a passion for people and politics? A good writer, organised, with a strong work ethic and lots of initiative? The successful applicant will join a small, energetic team that is determined to help people in need and make a positive difference to our community.

Key responsibilities include research, drafting letters, producing reports, producing video content and handling social media and enquiries from the local press.

This is the perfect role for someone who cares about people and enjoys a wide variety of work in a busy office.

Closing Date

15 March 2019

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews likely to start week commencing 18 March.

Application Details

Please send a CV and covering letter to jamie.rose@parliament.uk.

Websitehttp://elphicke.com/

Click here for more details

Thinking of Postgraduate Study in Politics & IR?

Join us for a slice of pizza and a chat to discuss our range of postgraduate programmes.

Including presentations from our Director of postgraduate studies and programme directors, as well as the opportunity to speak to current postgraduate students – did we also mention pizza?!

Date: Monday 19 November (week 9)
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Venue: Rutherford Lecture Theatre 2

Pizza will be on a first come, first served basis – so make sure to join us if you can!