Category: Opportunities in Higher Education

Call for participants: summer school in St. Petersburg – “Higher education and social inequality”

The Institute of Education at National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow), China Institute for Educational Finance Research and Graduate School of Education at Peking University invite earlier career researchers and doctoral students to apply to the upcoming 5th International Summer School on higher education research that takes place June 10-16, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The theme of this year is “Higher education and social inequality”.

V International Summer School will focus on the inequalities in higher education as well as the problematisation of the role of higher education in reproducing social inequalities. Participation in higher education has been increasing rapidly over last decades, but social equity has not been achieved. Numerous studies around the world show persistent inequalities in access and participation in higher education shaped by social background. Gains in widening access, especially in systems with high participation rates, are undermined by the increasing stratification of higher education institutions and societies. These challenges call for re-thinking, conceptually and socio-politically, the role higher education has in a modern society.

PhD position in political science at University of Oslo on themes related to research quality

R-QUEST (the Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies) has obtained funding for 8 years from the Research Council of Norway to examine the nature and mechanisms of research quality. The Centre is a collaboration between six main research institutions, including Department of political science, University of Oslo; Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy (CFA), University of Aarhus; Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University; Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH- Royal Institute of Technology; Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR), The University of Manchester; and Nordic Institute for Studies of Innovation, Research and Education, NIFU.

A central aim of the centre is to develop policy tools for robust but flexible identification of research quality at all levels. Three key aims for the project include following:

  1. What is research quality? How are notions of research quality negotiated, established and practiced, and what are the mechanisms through which these notions affect policy?
  2. What are the drivers of high quality research, and what is the role of policy in developing outstanding research?
  3. What are the effects of high quality research on the society?

In conjunction with the project, the Department of Political Science at University of Oslo has announced a PhD position. Applicants must submit a project description of up to 3000 words, outlining a precise research topic, specific problems to be studied, sources of data to be used, the choice of scientific theory and method, and a realistic schedule that details how the project will be completed within the fellowship period. The R-QUEST project description should be consulted for information on e.g. available data sources.

Requirements: the applicant must have a Master’s degree in Political Science or a closely related discipline, with at least 30 ECTS thesis, demonstrate training in quantitative and qualitative methods as well as top grades and a high quality thesis. Read more about the requirements here.

Deadline for applicants: 31st of January

Read more about application requirements and procedures here. 

Call for applicants: Doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Western Cape

The University of Wester Cape in South Africa has announced 7 doctoral and 3 post-doctoral positions. The Institute for Post-School Studies (IPSS) is an institute at the University of Western Cape (UWC), located within the Faculty of Education. Relevant research, teaching and development activities across the three domains of the IPSS contribute towards growing the knowledge base on post-schooling particularly in Africa and globally.

The Doctoral degree is a three-year full-time research-intensive programme. Entry into the programme will be very competitive as it is a fully funded programme. A post-doctoral research fellowship is a 12-month contract that can be renewable for another period of 12 months. The position is a full-time research intensive fellowship in accordance with the regulations of the IPSS/UWC. The successful postdoctoral fellows would be expected to perform research within the scope of the projects and other related tasks assigned by the post-doctoral supervisor and academic mentor.

Eligibility: To qualify for Doctoral and Post-doctoral positions candidates must be African nationals and able to make a substantial contribution to teaching, research and publications in the field of higher education studies. The doctoral candidates must have completed the master’s degree at the time of their application. Read more about the specific eligibility criteria for the positions here (pdf)

Read more about the positions and the application procedure here (pdf)

Call for contributions: next generation insights into internationalization of higher education

Are you a young scholar on higher education and are working on themes related to internationalization?

Douglas Proctor (Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education) and Laura Rumbley (Boston College Center for International Higher Education) have launched a call for chapter proposals for an edited collection focusing on next generation perspectives on the internationalization of higher education. The title for the volume Future Agenda for Internationalization in Higher Education: Next Generation Insights into Research, Policy, and Practice. The book will be part of Routledge’s “Internationalization in Higher Education” series.


The book has an aim to focus on new contexts for internationalization in higher education, new topics of enquiry, and new or innovative modes or methodologies of research, outlined on the webpage as following:

  • New contexts – contexts or environments for internationalization which have not previously been explored in detail
  • New modes – new or alternative methodologies or frames of reference for exploring, understanding and/or researching internationalization
  • New topics – aspects of internationalization and/or international activities which have not previously been explored or have limited exposure in the current discourse.

As the title suggests, the book will also give primacy to next generation perspectives from emerging researchers and analysts. The call for proposals and key timelines are now available online at This website also contains background information about the rationales for the book and its structure, as well as bios for the editors.

Proposals are due 30 September 2016. Check the website for the remaining of the timeline.

Call for applicants: Post-doctoral position in higher education in South Africa

University_of_the_Free_State_logoThe University of the Free State (UFS) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Directorate for Institutional Research and Academic Planning (DIRAP). Candidates interested in pursuing an academic or professional career in higher education, institutional research, student affairs, or higher education management, are especially encouraged to apply.

The fellow will participate in conceptualising a new research project into the institutional culture and student experience at the UFS. Ideally, the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will have an interest and expertise in higher education studies or a related discipline such as educational management, diversity studies, historical studies, political science, public management, sociology or social psychology. The fellowship will enable an outstanding doctoral graduate to obtain experience of research and innovation at a higher education institution under the mentorship of established researchers, collaborate with colleagues in other academic units including the UFS Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice (IRSJ) and the School of Higher Education Studies (SHES).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to all South African and foreign nationals
  • Graduated with a PhD degree in a relevant discipline within the last five years
  • Successful applicants may not hold full-time salaried employment during the fellowship (but may engage in up to 12 hours approved part-time salaried employment per week)
  • Successful applicants must be able to relocate to the UFS for the duration of the fellowship. This is a residential fellowship: the successful applicant is required to spend 80% of her/his postdoctoral period at the UFS.


Call for applicants: PhD position at University of Luxembourg

luxembourgThe University of Luxembourg invites applications for the following vacancy in its Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education: Doctoral Candidate in the field of Political Science (Higher Education Policy).

The successful candidate will be based in the Identités, Politiques, Sociétés et Espaces research unit, working within the Institute of Political Science. Under the direction of Prof. Robert Harmsen, the candidate will have the opportunity of completing a doctoral thesis in the area of higher education policy. It is intended that the candidate’s work should broadly fit within the continuation of the research agenda established by the ‘Global-Uni’ research project. Areas of particular interest include: 1). Higher education policy-making and reform processes in post-industrial states (Europe, North America, and Australasia) 2). The role of international organisations and wider processes of norm diffusion in the higher education policy sector; and 3). Processes of regional cooperation and integration in higher education policy. Details of the ‘Global-Uni’ project may be found here.

The position is full time, with an initial 14 month contract that can be extended to 36 months in total. The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position in September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Deadline for applications: 24 June 2016.

Download information about the requirements and application procedure here (pdf). 

Call for papers: Higher education partnership trends and policy issues between African and European higher education institutions

bigsasThe Workgroup “Higher Education and Society in Africa” is organising a conference at Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of Bayreuth on 3–4 November 2016. The conference is themed: “Higher Education Partnership Trends and Policy Issues between African and European Higher Education Institutions

Trends in institutional partnership in higher education have shown tremendous growth in the past three decades. The conference aims to stimulate academic discussion on trends and key issues in higher education cooperation between European and African universities pointing to pressing important policy and practical issues. Are there patterns of higher education partnership among African and European universities and how do such patterns evolve overtime? What are the current debates on internationalization strategies between Africa and Europe and the circulation of knowledge in individual and institutional partnerships between the continents? Which insights can be drawn from various case studies of higher education partnerships schemes? Read more about the conference theme here (pdf)

The conference is organised around five themes: 

  • Trends in higher education partnership between African and European universities
  • Policy and practical issues on joint programs, student and staff mobility and research collaboration among African and European universities
  • Strategies in higher education partnership and internationalization
  • Case studies on higher education collaboration among African and European universities
  • Practical challenges and opportunities in higher education collaboration among African and European universities – student mobility, join programs, harmonization strategies etc.

Abstracts deadline: 10th of June 2016. 

Read more about how to submit your abstract and the guideliens here. 

ECPR standing group: Politics of Higher Education, Research and Innovation

Recently, the European Consortium of Political Research approved the application on establishing a new Standing Group for Politics of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. We have asked Meng-Hsuan Chou (Nanyang Technological University – NTU, one of the convenors of the SG) and Jens Jungblut (INCHER, Kassel, a member of the steering group) about their thoughts about the new standing group and the importance of this development.

What was the main rationale for establishing the SG?

Dr. Meng Hsuan Chou

Dr. Meng-Hsuan Chou (Nanyang Technological University)

Meng-Hsuan Chou: “The ECPR Standing Group on the Politics of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation builds on the work that network members have done within the framework of the UACES CRN on the European Research Area. We wish to consolidate and expand the excellent collaboration we have had and the CRN’s past and on-going success with organising a section at the ECPR General Sessions points to the Standing Group as a great platform for our continuation.”

Jens Jungblut highlights also the increasing relevance of the topic in global policy debates: “As higher education, research and innovation policies are becoming more relevant for contemporary societies and also more politically salient, we felt that there is a need for greater attention to this in political science sometimes neglected policy area. Furthermore, we felt that this policy area has characteristics that make it an interesting case for many different conceptual and methodological approaches.”

Jens Jungblut  (INCHER, Kassel)

Jens Jungblut
(INCHER, Kassel)

What are your main expectations for the SG?

Jens Jungblut highlights the potential added value of cross-disciplinary interactions: “The aim is to grow and connect a community of scholars with differing backgrounds that come together in the Standing Group with their diverse approaches to enhance scholarship both subject specific but also in more general terms. The overall hope is that this will lead to intensified collaborations with regard to publications and joint research projects.”

Adding to this, Meng-Hsuan Chou emphasizes the cumulative work building on existing ERA-CRN network: “We expect the Standing Group to provide the same collaborative opportunities as the UACES CRN had offered for the past three years (2013-2016). We are especially keen to promote the research findings of Standing Group members to a wider academic and policy audience within and beyond Europe.”

Call for applicants: summer school in St. Petersburg

ioe_enWant to participate in a summer school about higher education research? This might be of interest – note that deadline for applications is coming up soon!

The IV summer school on higher education research is held during June 4-6 in St. Petersburg. The summer school is organised by The Institute of Education at National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow), China Institute for Educational Finance Research and Graduate School of Education at Peking University.

The IV International Summer School 2016 is focused on the relationships between higher education, society and state in international and historical perspectives. The discussion aims to revive and illuminate the role of society in the development of higher education, while remaining aware of the state. In recent academic debate, one intellectual tradition has focused on the opposition of state and market, while another has emphasised their synergy. Relatively little attention has been given to the role of the society as a broader entity of diverse, stratified and inter-connected groupings. In the meantime the society is often seen as largely subsumed by the market, or identified as itself a market force, which in turn reduces the research and policy framework for understanding the transformations in higher education. The Summer School’s multidisciplinary perspective will enable participants to explore higher education in the larger socio-economic, political and cultural framework, and connect changes in higher education with developments in society and state in countries around the world.

Confirmed faculty of the Summer School includes distinguished international researchers and experts in higher education with different professional backgrounds: Isak Froumin (Institute of Education, HSE), Simon Marginson (Institute of Education, UCL), Pedro Teixeira (Vice-Rector on Academic Affairs; Research Centre on Higher Education Policy (CIPES) and Faculty of Economics, University of Porto), Jussi Välimaa (Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyvaskyla).

The deadline for applications is March 10, 2016. – Deadline extended to 20th of March! 

More information on summer school website

Call for proposals: Special issues at Higher Education Quarterly

coverHigher Education Quarterly has issued a call for special issues. HEQ is published by Wiley-Blackwell for SRHE – the Society for Research into Higher Education. View the journal here

Call for special issues

Higher Education Quarterly (HEQ) welcomes proposals for special issues addressing topics of relevance to the journal. HEQ publishes international papers concerned with ideas around policy and strategic management in higher education.It is an international refereed journal aimed at those interested in higher education policy and practice.

Papers that have empirical research content are particularly welcome. The journal is receptive to critical, phenomenological, and positivistic studies, as well as those using hermeneutic, semiotic, ethnographic or dialectical research, and more traditional studies based on quantitative surveys, statistical models and in-depth interviews and focus groups. Evaluations of the impact of policy at institutional, national or international level, backed up by research evidence, are also welcome. Papers should address a broad readership, drawing on international examples, reporting comparative research, or contextualizing from an international perspective the developments in one country. Potential authors should also note that HEQ is not a journal that publishes papers about accounts of teaching and learning practice.