Scholarship Announcement: The ‘Virgin Lands Campaign’ in Kazakhstan, 1953-1970

RHN 124/2014 | Opportunity

Jacobs University Bremen (Germany)

Apply no later than: 31 December 2014

Scholarship Announcement for a research project on:
The ‘Virgin Lands Campaign’ in Kazakhstan, 1953-1970
Jacobs University Bremen is seeking a qualified PhD student (f/m) from Kazakhstan.

The research project is embedded in a larger research project on The International History of Rural Development since 1950 funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and coordinated by Marc Frey (Professor of Contemporary History/History of International Relations, Bundeswehr University Munich) and Corinna R. Unger (Professor of Modern European History, Jacobs University Bremen).

The scholarship is offered for 39 months beginning on April 1, 2015 and ending on July 31, 2018. The monthly allowance is 1.365,00 Euros. Additional funding for research trips in Kazakhstan and Russia is available, as are funds for a two-month intensive German course. The allowance does not cover health insurance, visa fees etc.

Project work will be conducted at Jacobs University Bremen, at the home institution in Kazakhstan (one semester), and in archives in Kazakhstan and Russia. The Volkswagen Foundation and the Principal Investigators seek to support the development of history as an academic discipline in Kazakhstan. The prospective candidate is therefore expected to live in Kazakhstan at the time of the application.

Responsibilities and Duties

Historical research on the Virgin Lands Campaign in Kazakhstan within the wider framework of the research project on the International history of Rural Development. Composition of a PhD dissertation on the topic, to be submitted to Jacobs University Bremen. The thesis will be written in English.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Excellent MPhil or M.A. in modern/contemporary history or a field closely related to the research project on Kazakhstan and/or the overall research project on the International History of Rural Development since 1950
  • Fluency in Russian and English (written and oral)
  • Dedication to team work and independent research
  • Experience with archival work in Kazakhstan and international organizations is a definite plus

How to Apply

Letters of application must be received by December 31, 2014 for consideration. Send letter of application, complete vitae, transcripts and diplomas, two current letters of recommendation, writing samples, and other evidence of scholarly abilities in one pdf file to Prof. Dr. Marc Frey ( and Prof. Dr. Corinna Unger (

You find further information on the project at