Opportunities at ECMI

The ECMI hosts every year a number of visiting researchers through its Fellows Programmes. The Programmes are designed to provide educational opportunities at the Centre and also function as tools to encourage exchange between the resident researchers and scholars working on minority issues at other institutions. The aim is thus to make the ECMI an international research environment by bringing to the Centre scholars with experiences from other cultures as well as those who lack opportunity of mobility in Europe. The Programmes also offer an opportunity to learn from the governance scheme in place in the border region while participating in the ECMI’s international and research activities. For more information, follow the links below:

Visiting Fellows Programme

Master Dissertation Fellows Programme

Pre-proposal Fellows Programme

Internship Programme

EU Marie Curie Fellowship

Political Science and International Studies PhD by distance learning programme

From time to time, the ECMI also recruits researchers for specific positions. Job announcements are posted on our homepage and InfoChannel.

Current vacancies:

Project Research Associate

The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) is expanding its Eastern Partnership Programme team and invites applications for a new position as Project Research Associate within the field of “Minority Studies” beginning as soon as possible. Minority Studies at ECMI cover research on national and ethnic autochthonous minority issues in Europe. 

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The position

The successful candidate will be attached to our Ukraine team focusing on supporting the democratization of Ukraine’s minority governance and enhancing inter-cultural dialogue between minorities and majorities. Responsibilities include conducting applied research as well as knowledge dissemination and transfer in and about Ukraine under the guidance of the academic director of the Eastern Partnership Programme. Monitoring European Union (EU) policies will be part of this portfolio. The position entails extensive travel to Ukraine during project implementation and participation in the planning and execution of the ECMI events organised in Ukraine. The successful candidate will also be participating in seeking external financing for projects in Ukraine and will be monitoring relevant funding options. Other responsibilities include networking with relevant national/international organizations and academic institutions in the area of minority issues as well as participation in the ECMI education and training activities in Flensburg and across Europe. In addition to serving on the Ukraine team, the successful candidate will be part of a very dynamic team of multidisciplinary researchers and will have the opportunity to participate in the ECMI broader portfolio of projects throughout Europe.

Requirements and conditions

Candidates are required to document a PhD-degree or a near finished PhD in law, politics/IR, history or the social sciences. Good research skills, the ability to work in a team and under time pressure, good organisational skills and the ability to communicate well in written and spoken English are necessary. Prior knowledge from the field of Minority Studies and the European minority rights regime is required, especially with regard to EU policies. Knowledge of EU programming in support of the Eastern Partnership countries is highly welcome. Language skills in one or more Eastern European languages would be an advantage.

A contract for 12 months is offered with renewal option pending funding of activities. The ECMI is a German-Danish bi-national foundation under private German law which governs the contract conditions. Remuneration is determined on the basis of the candidate’s skills and German pay levels. The successful candidate must take up residence at the seat of ECMI in Flensburg, Germany.

ECMI is an equal opportunities institution and strives to achieve parity between women and men thus explicitly welcoming applications from women as well as from candidates of any social, racial or ethnic background. ECMI is a non-smoking environment. 


Interested applicants are asked to submit a letter of motivation, a CV and a publications list specifying publications in English. Short-listed candidates may be asked to provide copies of publications. Application material should be marked “Position PRA”. It may be sent electronically to Ms. Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen (hansen@ecmi.de) no later than 20 February 2017. Interviews will be conducted shortly after the deadline.   

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