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Grant: Socialism Goes Global: Cold War Connections Between the ‘Second’ and ‘Third Worlds’ 1945-1991

Socialism Goes Global: Cold War Connections Between the ‘Second’ and ‘Third Worlds’ 1945-1991

University College London - School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Qualification type:
Funding for:
UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount:
Not specified
Full Time

Placed on:
22nd December 2014
9th February 2015
SSEES-UCL, in collaboration with the Universities of Exeter, Oxford, Columbia, Leipzig and Belgrade, and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, has been awarded a major Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant (2014-18) to address the relationship between what were once called the ‘Second World’ (from the Soviet Union to the GDR) and the ‘Third World’ (from Latin America to Africa to Asia). As part of this initiative, we are offering a studentship based at SSEES-UCL to support PhD research around this theme, to start between May and September 2015.  A second PhD studentship associated with this project will be based at the University of Exeter and advertised separately.
In the post-war period, as both decolonisation and new forms of globalisation accelerated, new linkages opened up, and existing ties were remade, between these the so-called ‘Second’ and ‘Third Worlds’. Contacts multiplied through, for instance, the development of political bonds; economic development and aid; health and cultural and academic projects; as well as military interventions. Yet these important encounters, and their impacts on national, regional and global histories, have hitherto only played a marginal role in accounts of late 20th century globalisation, which have mainly focused on links between the West and former colonies, or between the countries of the ‘Global South’.
Applications are invited for PhD studentships on themes which address any political economic, cultural, or social aspect of this encounter, whether from the viewpoint of one region/ country/ institution/ group, or with a transregional approach incorporating the perspectives of multiple global actors. For an indication of some potential project areas, see theprogramme for the project’s first conference:  
Value and Timeframe of the Studentship
The Studentship will cover the value of Home/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend at standard UK Research Council rates (in 2014/15 this was £15,863 for London-based studentships). The studentship will be offered for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress.
How to apply
Applications are welcomed from all humanities and social science fields. Successful applicants will normally have a good first degree (at least 2.1 or international equivalent) and a Masters degree at Merit level or international equivalent.
Applicants for the studentship should apply to undertake a full time PhD at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies via the link below.
Applicants must be in receipt of an offer of admission before they can be awarded the studentship.
A statement of intention (max 2 sides of A4) outlining your area of intended research around the theme should be included. A full research proposal is not required at this stage.
For enquiries regarding the Studentship, please contact Dr Kristin Roth-Ey,
For enquiries regarding the application process, please contact Anna Barsukova on +44 (0)20 7679 8775 –


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