Western Balkan Migration Network (WB-MIGNET) invites applications for its Visiting Research Fellow (VRF) in migration. The VRF programme enables doctoral student (PhD students) to spend a period of time conducting research at following. The WB-MIGNET aims to put in place a programme to enable young research with a genuine and active commitment to social science research to spend time at member institutions of WB-MIGNET and actively engage with the host institutions research activities.
We offer placement at the following member institutions of WB-MIGNET:
- The Centre for Development Evaluation and Social Science Research (Bosnia and Herzegovina);
- South East European University (North Macedonia);
- Institute for Migration and Ethnic Issues; IMIN (Croatia);
- GERMIN (Kosovo);
- Center for Economic and Social Studies (Albania);
- Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses (Montenegro);
- University of Belgrade – Faculty of Geography (Serbia)
Research fellow in their application letter will state their preferred institution and WB-MIGNET will, subject to availability of places, accommodate such request.
We are looking for funding of this fellowship program. Until we obtain funding, we can only consider applications from those who already have (or expect to have) adequate financial support.
In some circumstances, however, we can offer free accommodation, upon applicant’s request.
The Western Balkans Migration Network (WB-MIGNET) was established in 2016 by seven leading research institutions in the field of migration in the Western Balkans (WB). The WB-MIGNET Network is currently the leading network for migration research in our geographical area and committed to contributing toward improved evidence-based policy making on migration by producing high-quality interdisciplinary research, capacity building, development of resources and dissemination of evidence. The network currently collaborates with a number of migration experts, stakeholders, third sector employees and academics from the WB region, providing a platform for them to share their research, best practice and knowledge. In addition, the Network has established partnerships beyond the region, including IMISCOE network and a number of migration research institutes and universities.
What we offer?
During their stay at a host institution, research fellows will be fully involved in regular activities of the host institution and get the opportunity to work together with senior migration experts on their current project. They will also receive access to data and other resources at the host institution, as well as support and guidance in the different stages of their own research project that applicant propose to pursue during their stay.
Visiting Research Fellows (VRF) are expected to work on a research project that fits the research themes in the migration field. Visiting Fellows are also expected to play an active part in the intellectual life of the hosting institutions. Prospective applicants should present a clear and realizable plan in relation to the objectives to be met during their fellowship.
Fellowship applications can be submitted throughout the year. The length of an internship may vary from a minimum of 2 weeks to a maximum of 3 months, and exact period and duration will be agreed individually between applicant and a host institution. Preferred duration and period of stay should be expressed in the application letter.
How to apply?
Applicants are invited to send their application material along with a full CV (both in English), to:
The application should include the following:
- Curriculum vitae
- A motivation letter
It should provide information about intended research, the benefits the fellowship will bring to the applicant’s work, and the ways in which you expect the hosting institution to benefit from the collaboration, applicant’s preference regarding the host institution, duration of fellowship and period of stay.
3. A short description of the research activity you would like to work on during your stay3
4. Academic/employment reference
Applicants are asked to arrange for a reference in support of their application. The reference may be sent directly to the email@example.com and must arrive approximately at the same time as an application in order for application to be considered without further delays. It is a responsibility of an applicant to ensure that the reference reaches us in good time.
- Any need for accommodation or other support that WB-MIGNET may provide.
Contact and additional information
For any further inquiries about this fellowship program, please feel free to contact us to: firstname.lastname@example.org