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4 PhD Studentships in Comparative Sociology, University Carlos III of Madrid

The Department of Social Sciences (formerly Department of Economic History and Institutions) is pleased to offer two fully-funded studentships for October 2013 entry to its Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme.

The Department of Social Sciences is a strategic action of the University Carlos III of Madrid. It currently includes the areas of Economic History, Sociology and Political Science and it is the home of the Institute Figuerola and the Carlos III-Juan March Institute (previously CEACS-Juan March Institute of Study and Research). In the coming years the new department will be experiencing a rapid process of expansion in both its teaching and research activities with the aim of becoming one of the very top departments in social sciences in Europe.


Studentships are offered on a two- plus two-year basis: the first up to

24 months as a PhD grant, followed by another up to two years covered by a “researcher in training” contract. After the first stage there will be an assessment of the fulfilment of the necessary criteria by the PhD programme commission, and advancing to the second stage is conditional on a favourable assessment. The regulating laws and university norms, along with the application form (“solicitud”) and the official detailed grant announcement (PIF UC3M 01-1314, of 17 May 2013) can be found here:

The monthly endowment of the grants will be 1,000 Euros, gross.

The grants will include enrolment fees for official Doctoral studies:

academic supervision and credits in the doctoral programme.

Aid for enrolment will be applied by not charging the fees corresponding to enrolment for students with valid grants.

Interested applicants should apply to the PhD program in Economic History and Institutions, which is the only program administratively available at the time of this call, but will be transferred to the new PhD Programme in Advanced Social Sciences once the latter is administratively operational.

Research Areas and Supervision

The studentships are open to applicants wishing to pursue doctoral research in the fields of Comparative Historical Sociology, Sociology of Culture and Religion, Immigration, Social Stratification, Economic Sociology and Political Sociology. Please have a look at the areas of research interest and expertise of the faculty members in the area of comparative sociology (

Dissertation proposals that fit well with existing research projects will be particularly welcomed. Supervisors will be appointed subject to the agreed research projects.

Entry Requirements

National students

– Diploma in Advanced Studies (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados (DEA) or equivalent degree in relevant social science disciplines (Sociology, Economics, Demography, Political Science).

– In special cases, admission could be considered if the candidates have at least 60 credits completed in official Graduate programmes or a Master degree. In all cases, a minimum of 300 credits completed in both undergraduate and graduate programmes is required.

– English fluency

– Prospective students must present a dissertation project (3-5 pages).

International students

– Applicants must provide evidence that their degree is equivalent to the level required for a Postgraduate Program in the country it was obtained.

– English fluency

– Prospective students must present a dissertation project (3-5 pages).

– All academic documents produced outside the European Union or the European Economic Space must be legalised either by diplomatic means or by the Apostille of The Hague Agreements.


The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 May 2013. To apply, the official application form has to be submitted by email to [with a copy to Markus Lampe] together with the following documents:

– Copy of Spanish Identity Card (DNI), Passport or Foreigner’s Identity Number in Spain certificate (NIE)

– Copy of certificate of undergraduate and master program studies, including a complete grade record and title

– Certificate of average grade according to grade record

– Curriculum Vitae

– Application for the PhD programme in Economic History and Institutions, to be found here:

– Other documents that substantiate your ability as a researcher in training, such as PhD project proposal and recommendation letters

In case some documents are missing or incomplete, there will be a correction period after the deadline. Unfortunately, applications initiated after the deadline cannot be taken into consideration.

Information about Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and PhD program in Economic History and Institutions can be found at and,


For specific inquiries please contact Dr. Markus Lampe, / Tel. (++34) 624 9637.