The European Training Network “Participatory Memory Practices. Concepts, strategies, and media infrastructures for envisioning socially inclusive potential futures of European Societies through culture” (POEM) invites applications for 13 PhD fellowships with international focus to be funded by the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie ITN Action as part of the H2020 Programme of the European Commission.

POEM is an amalgamation of high profile universities, acknowledged memory institutions, civil society organizations, and SMEs located in Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and the UK.

Starting date: 01st October 2018
Participating universities:
  • University of Hamburg (Germany)
  • Aarhus University (Denmark)
  • Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus)
  • University of Glasgow (UK)
  • Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • Ashoka UK (UK)
  • Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin

Research areas:

  • Critical Heritage Studies
  • Critical Data Studies Cultural Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Design Anthropology
  • Digital Cultures
  • Digital Anthropology
  • Digital Heritage
  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Museology
  • European Ethnology
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Information Behaviour
  • Information Studies
  • Media Anthropology
  • Media Studies
  • Memory Studies
  • Museology
  • Museum Studies
  • Participatory Design
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Social Anthropology
  • Software Studies
  • Visitor Studies
  • Visual Anthropology
  • Visual Sociology


  • Salary includes a living allowance
  • Mobility allowance
  • Family allowance (if married)
  • The guaranteed PhD funding is for a 3-year full-time


  • Applicant must hold recognized master’s degree in the relevant research fields or other related subjects.
  • Applicant must hold a high-quality master’s degree or an equivalent academic degree from an internationally recognized university.
  • Applicant must be an early-stage researchers (in the first four years of their research careers) and must NOT hold doctoral degree.
  • Researchers are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment.
  • At the time of employment by the host university, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host university for more than 12 months in total during the last 3 years.
  • Applicants must possess fluency in both written and oral English (recognized English language certificates, TOEFL, IELTS must be submitted along with the application).


  • Application to be sent electronically (in English) as a PDF file (max. 5 MB) to Applicants can apply for one to maximum two positions and are recommended to indicate their preference with the reference number POEM PhD No in the email’s subject line.
  • Project choice has to be justified in the motivation letter, also answering the questions: For how long have you been working in a field of research? In which countries have you lived since 1 October 2015? The application must include the following:
  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Relevant documents and copies of diploma such as verified Bachelor’s and Master´s transcripts of records with diploma supplement,
  • Proof of English language skills (TOEFL, IELTS)
  • 2 nominated referees that can be contacted,
  • Master’s thesis and sample of academic writing in English (if applicable, e.g. paper, essay, publication, etc.)
  • Project samples like exhibitions, designs, and other portfolio materials or links to external sources (if applicable).
—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization EU H2020; Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Country Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, UK
Subject areas Humanities, Social Sciences, Anthropology
Fellowship amount living allowance+ other allowances
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline 15th March 2018

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