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The ELIT network opens a call for applications within the framework of the ELIT project (Empirical study of Literature Training Network). These positions will be funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no.860516.


To arrive at a profound understanding of the underlying processes and societal effects of reading, a European Network –the Empirical study of Literature Training Network (ELIT) –has been established that integrates two research cultures that are commonly separated, namely the social sciences and the humanities. We aim to train a new generation of creative, innovative and interdisciplinary early-stage researchers (i.e., PhD candidates) in the empirical study of literature. They should be ready to face current and future challenges in this field, which is in constant flux due to the influence of rapidly changing empirical research techniques, and contextual demands, such as, for instance, the digitization of reading. To meet these needs, ELIT will be collaborating closely with non-academic partners to draw invaluable insights from society at large about how reading can fulfil certain societal needs, such as stimulating empathy and pro-social behaviour.The ELIT Network consists of tenEuropean Universities that are at the forefront of the empirical study of literary reading. In addition, the network includes twelve non-academic partners from domains such asliteracy (i.e., literacy associations, reading foundations, educational policymakers), bibliotherapy (i.e., reading groups, libraries), production (i.e., publishing houses), and research (i.e., eye tracking companies, international research networks).

This call for applications is for 10 positions as specified in Table 1 below. Each early-stage researcher will be involved in a doctoral programme leading to a double/joint doctoral degree involving the two universities, as for Table 1 (please see in in the online call for applications).


Applications will be accepted from 09/04/2020 until 15/06/2020 at 2:00pm (Central European Time).


The call is open to applicants of any age and nationality who meet the following requirements at the recruitment date:

a)Must hold a Master’s Degree (e.g., Master of Science or Master of Arts) which would grant them access to doctoral level studies in the country where the degree was conferred.

b) Must not already hold a doctoral title and must have less than 4 years (full-time equivalent) of research experience. Full-time-equivalent research experience is measured starting from the date the applicants obtained their Master’s degree or equivalent qualification entitling them to embark on a doctorate, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.

c) (Mobility Rule) Must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Any time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol), compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays do not count towards the total.

Additional requirements can apply for specific positions. For further information, please consult the detailed information for each position. If any of the aforementioned prerequisites are not satisfied, the ELIT network reserves the right to exclude applicants from the selection procedure at any time, even after the selection procedure has taken place.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted electronically by the deadline specified above via the following online form:

Applicants may apply for one or more positions, up to three positions in total. In case of multiple applications, applicants should submit one application with a separate research statement for each position and specify the priority orderin their personal statement. The following documents must be provided:

●Application form

●Personal statement (detailing the applicant’s motivations and goals within the program)

●Detailed CV (max 2 pages) with emphasis on academic achievements

●Research statement (max 3 pages): (detailing how the applicant would approach the research project; please refer to the reading list of each position sheet to prepare your research statement)

●Copy of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree certificate and transcript of records

●Diploma Supplement or List of courses, grade/rank, teachers (optional)

●A reference letter by the MA supervisor and one other academic (or professionallyrelevant) reference

●Copy of the ID document.

All documents must be submitted in English. For certificates and other official documents in any other language, an English translation of each one must be provided. Applications must be submitted by the call deadline. Applicants are invited to submit their application in advance to avoid any trouble due to the overload of the IT systems. The ELIT network is not liable for late submission. The applications must be complete in all their parts and must include all required annexes. Annexes must be in PDF format without any protection that prevents printing. Only applications and annexes in English are accepted.

For more information, please see the complete call for applications.

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