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This 3-Year-long doctoral fellowship is offered as part of a specific collective

project within a multiannual international research effort on Globalisation, Europe,

and Multilateralism (GEM). This project (2022-2026), coordinated by the Institut

d’études européennes (IEE) at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), will assess

the EU’s capacity to act given the challenges facing Democratic Institutions, the

rise of Alternative MOdels and mounting Normative Dissensus (DIAMOND).

GEM-DIAMOND is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Action – Doctoral Network (MSCA-DN)

involving 7 European and 4 international degree-awarding Higher Education

Institutes (HEIs) alongside 6 well-established non-academic institutions. The

project will hire and train 16 doctoral fellows to help address knowledge gaps

associated with the growing normative tensions undermining multilateral and

democratic practice – for further information see

GEM-DIAMOND’s overall research program will collectively tackle three shared

knowledge gaps regarding contemporary strains on liberal democracy:

• Objective 1: Conceptualising the seemingly mounting dissensus surrounding

liberal democracy.

• Objective 2: Unpacking the ambiguous role different actors can play as both

champions and challengers of liberal democratic norms, values and practices.

• Objective 3: Assessing the impact of increased dissensus regarding liberal

democracy on the policy instruments of the EU and its capacity to act in its

internal and external policies.

Early-Stage Researcher n°2 (ESR2) is part of GEM-DIAMOND’s 1st Work Package

(WP1) entitled ‘Conceptualising Growing Dissensus over Liberal Democracy’. WP1

includes 4 individual doctoral projects that will each unpack a key strand of

dissensus facing liberal democratic norms, principles, and values from a distinct

disciplinary point of view.

What is funded

4000€ Gross per month (48.000€ / year).

NB: this is a gross EU contribution to the salary cost of the researcher. The net salary will result from

deducting all compulsory (employer/employee) social security contributions as well as direct taxes


36 Months (1 October 2022 – 30 September 2025)




Top level graduate degree (Master or equivalent providing access to PhD programs

in Political or Social Sciences).


Applicants must submit at least one diploma meeting one of the following

requirements: (1) a two-year master program (120 ECTS) or equivalent; (2) a one-

year graduate program following a prior undergraduate degree if both diplomas total at least 300 ECTS or equivalent; (3) a single four-year higher education

program offering 300 ECTS or more.


English proficiency must be attested either through a previous English language

diploma, or an internationally recognised proficiency test (i.e. IELTS, IBT, TOEFL or



The researcher should be in the first four years of their research careers at the time

of recruitment and have not been awarded a doctoral degree so far.


intermediate proficiency in French will be considered an asset.


At the time of recruitment, the researcher must not have resided, or carried out his/

her activity in the country of the first host institution (i.e. France) for more than 12

months cumulatively in the 3 years prior to October 2022




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