The University of Bristol Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, one of the leading Centres in its field, would like to invite Expressions of Interest from postdoctoral researchers to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship.
The Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship recognises the importance of ethnicity and migration to the study of contemporary societies and polities, and to prospects for social justice and social cohesion. Based in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS), the Centre co-ordinates and promotes the study of ethnicity in three broad areas:
- Ethnicity, politics and citizenship: the politics of multiculturalism and other forms of ‘difference’, including gendered ethnicity and ethno-religious identities, challenges to secularism, the nation-state and the emergence of new forms of political participation and governance.
- Ethnicity and inequalities: racialised exclusion, inter-generational poverty, labour markets, education, ethnic stratification and social mobility, ethnic competition.
- Migration and transnational networks: labour migration, the family, gender and migration; elite and non-elite mobilities, migration policy; transnationalism and diaspora.
Cross-cutting these themes is a distinctive approach combining research into political discourses and socio-economic structures, with an interest in everyday practices, culture, and experience, on the one hand, and normative theory on the other.
With the growth of the Muslim populations in western Europe and concerns about integration, a special regional and comparative focus has emerged on Muslims and the place of religion in public affairs.
Centre members collaborate with partners in the UK, the rest of Europe and North America, and are involved in global networks. Activities are pursued through funded research, publications, conferences and seminars, with public engagement being a priority. The international journal, Ethnicities published by Sage since 2001 is a flagship of the Centre, as is the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship book series.
The members of the Centre research staff and their interests can be seen at:
Overview reports of the recent work of the Centre can be seen at:
General requirements of the Individual Fellowship:
Description of the MSCA Fellowship Program
The purpose of the MSCA Individual Fellowship (IF) is to support the mobility of researchers and help attract promising foreign researchers to work in the European context (EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries) and beyond. The grant typically covers two years’ salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution.
The scheme particularly supports the return and (re)integration of European researchers from outside Europe and those who have previously worked here, as well as researchers displaced by conflict outside the EU and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. It also promotes the career restart of individual researchers who show great potential.
The mobility rules require that the researcher has not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date (exceptions to this apply under the career restart and reintegration panels).
The Centre invites Expressions of Interest from eligible candidates who will have completed their Phd by September or have four years of research experience who wish to work on any of the themes relating to the interests of any of the members of Centre staff.
Submitting an Expression of Interest
Potential candidates are asked to submit their CV, a brief outline of the proposed research (max 2 pages) and a cover letter highlighting why you believe this area of work will be suited to the Bristol Ethnicity Centre as the host institution (max 1 page).
Please submit these as a word document to
T.Modood@bristol.ac.uk no later than 5pm on Tuesday 3 July
Successful applicants will then be provided with support to complete their full application for the grant deadline of 11 September 2019.