Outline of the training offered by these early stage research training fellowships

  • Research
This project combines the strengths of a number of different Institutions and research traditions within European Anthropology in order to contribute to and enable a process of institutionalizing Anthropological research and teaching in central and east Europe. It will do so by providing doctoral training for two cohorts of PhD Doctoral Fellows (DFs). The training will prepare and enable you to launch careers as full time academic researchers and teachers, or to enter other professions where you can use your anthropological training in an international environment. A second 'grade' of Fellow is envisaged - short term, inter-Laboratory visitors (ILVs). These will be researchers doing PhDs in other institutions in Europe and beyond who have a research commitment to our target region. All fellows will be selected by open competition.

The 'SocAnth' network comprises five sites where anthropology is taught at doctoral level, in four different EU (or Associated) countries: University College London (UCL) and Goldsmith's College, Britain (GSM); Central European University, Hungary (CEU); Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany (MPISA) and Babes-Bolyai University, Romania (BBU).
  • Training
In summary, the provision of fellowship is as follows:

Seven doctoral training fellowships awarded from October 2006 and Seven more from October 2007. Two in each year will be at UCL, two then one at GSM, two each year at CEU, one each year at MPISA and one at BBU from October 2007.

Each of the Doctoral Fellowships (DFs) will be taken up one of the partner institutions.

(In addition, a total of 120 person calendar months is reserved for Inter Laboratory Visitors (ILVs). Postgraduate students in any programme of anthropology in Europe or beyond may apply for these short term training visits (normally 3 to 6 months) to any node in our network.)

The Doctoral Fellows will be recruited primarily from New Member or Associated States, though researchers from Old Member states (or outside Europe) will also be welcome.

Researchers from New and Associated states: you will be unrestricted in your choice of fieldsite as long as it is outside the country in which you are normally resident.

Fellows from elsewhere: you will be expected to research in the new and Associated states. The aim of this stipulation is to ensure cohort cohesion and the fostering of a strong intellectual network.

The training programme for Doctoral Fellows involves four elements:
  1. Affiliations normally lasting thirty months to Recruiting Institutions where Doctoral Fellows go through the full PhD training under supervision from senior colleagues.
  2. Joint activities of 'SocAnth' (short courses, seminars, web-site and noticeboard participation) for the whole cohort of appointed Fellows, as well as some longer activities for the Doctoral Fellows
  3. Optional inter-laboratory visits to any node of the network for training that complements that of your host institution and exposes Fellows to alternative research traditions and methodologies
  4. Broader complementary professional training for researchers including university provided training courses and workshops and department based seminars
The training programme for Inter Laboratory Visitors involves:
  1. mobility to any part of the network for three (rarely six) months of training.
  2. While mobile you will retain one supervisor from your own home institution and be allocated a second supervisor from your host institution for the duration of your training there.
  3. You will also participate in all the short course joint activities of the network in the year of their recruitment.
The series of joint activities sustains the coherence of the whole programme and the cohesion of the Fellowship cohort.

Joint Activities

Each intake of Doctoral Fellows will launch its training in 'SocAnth' with an introductory course and seminar of 5 working days duration held in September at BBU in Cluj, Romania. All Doctoral Fellow entrants (as well as the ILVs for that year), a staff member from each partner institution, doctoral students of BBU and outside experts take part - up to 25 persons.

The Second Joint Activity takes place immediately after the Easter vacation in the first year of training (and again in the Year Two for the second intake); Doctoral Fellows attend a one week long seminar and workshop at the MPISA partner institution in Germany, presenting your research work. A member of staff of each partner institution also takes part in this training when all research projects are collectively assessed and submitted to peer review. Fellows will normally stay on to use the library facilities for one more week.

Throughout the rest of your training the Doctoral Fellows join in the annual meetings at the beginning of each year, whether held at BBU or MPISA. The content of the training on these occasions will be tailored to the actual research projects of participants.

The third major Joint Activity coincides with the onset of the third stage of anthropological training - the writing up of data into a finished doctoral thesis. All Doctoral Fellows will be required to join MPISA's own Ph.D. cohort in the third year for your first term of writing up.

Finally, at the end of year four all Doctoral Fellows and all those ILVs who have benefited from short term mobility in this programme will be invited to a closing conference at BBU.

Figure 1. The joint activities of each of the two 30 month intakes
Project YEAR 2006 TO 2007 YEAR 2007 TO 2008 YEAR 2008 TO 2009 YEAR 2009 TO 2010
Month 1 Month 6 Month 13 Month 18 Month 25            Month 37 Month 45
INTAKE 1 BBU (1 week) MPI (1-2 weeks) MPI (3 months) BBU (1 week)
INTAKE 2 BBU (1 week) MPI (1-2 weeks) Halle (1 week) MPI (3 months) BBU (1 week)

As well as the compulsory elements, SocAnth provides optional training as and when necessary for the development of the recruits. These will include advanced training in Balkan ethnography and sociology, including a ten day training exercise in field based research (at BBU). Short practical training in ethnographic film making, also at BBU.

During the training our Doctoral Fellows will also be strongly encouraged to take advantage of advanced skills and vocational courses run in your recruiting institutions. All these forms of training are designed to help Fellows in your personal and professional development as well as with your research, making you attractive to employers.

Doctoral Fellows

Pre-fieldwork year: Training normally involves formally taught courses including research methods; language training; logistical arrangements and the writing of an examinable research proposal/dissertation.

Fieldwork. Data collection (in archives, through fieldwork or visually) is one of the most challenging aspects of training. An essential component of our training is a prolonged period spent living with the people who are the focus of study (fieldwork). One year is normally the minimum period spent on such fieldwork. As a fellows you will be expected to study cultures and regions other than your own. You will provide monthly reports reflecting on your progress and direction and can expect replies to this correspondence.

Post-fieldwork period: Seminar participation in the first and third year of training enables Fellows to follow through the process by which long-term fieldwork contributes to social scientific knowledge, teaching you to isolate the theoretical questions that inform particular pieces of ethnography, and the kinds of empirical evidence that can be most effectively deployed to address those questions.

As you begin the period of writing up at your Recruiting Institution, you may be able to win short term 'teaching packages,' offering Tutorial teaching work in your Recruiting Institutions, which are designed primarily to give you necessary vocational experience as part of the Career Development Plan.

Mobility: Fellows will be informed, primarily by your supervisors, of the possibility of participating in conferences, workshops and similar not only in the host university, but elsewhere in the host country and abroad; where appropriate, you will be advised by your supervisors about the possibility of presenting a communication in such events. The host institution will give advice and, where possible, practical help in assisting fellows' mobility. This will complement e-mail contact which will be encouraged between newly recruited fellows, fellows currently in the host institution and university offices about accommodation and other practical issues.

ALL Fellows will also receive the following logistical support:

All 'SocAnth' fellows will have access within the department where they are working to a separate room for Postgraduates with desks, telephones and computers.

In addition at UCL and Goldsmiths they have full use of the facilities of their respective Graduate School, of which they will be members, with a further cluster of computers, common room, and so forth, as well as having access to the many clusters of computers, printers, and other research facilities available to all students in their College.

Similar arrangements exist at CEU, but in the absence of a graduate school there is no need formally to hive these off.

At the MPISA the same basic facilities are available.

At BBU Fellows will have access to the 'Pascal' laboratory as well as film production and editing facilities provided by CCRIT (with the Foundation for Visual Anthropology). The Foundation for Visual Anthropology will provide intensive technical and practical training for any of our fellows who are committed to the prodcution of visual materials as part of their doctoral research. Dumitru Budrala, Csilla Kato and Adina Vargatu who form the foundation and have produced some of the most remarkable anthropological documentaries in the region in the past few years (including the acclaimed 'Curse of the Hedgehog' will be the coordinators of this training). The Foundation for Visual Anthropology is the main organiser of the biannual documentary film festival in SIbiu, www.astrafilm.ro.

Support will be given for logistical arrangements by the 'SocAnth' Contact person in each Partner Institution and by the University structures.

Detailed description of the early stage research training for doctoral fellows

Detailed description of the early stage research training Short Term (Inter-laboratory) Visitors