Three-year Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Geneva on Sovereign Debt

Three-Year Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Geneva

Interdisciplinary Studies of Sovereign Debt

The Swiss National Science Foundation’s interdisciplinary project SOVEREIGN DEBT DIPLOMACIES: Comparing International Regimes of Sovereign Debt Dispute since 1945 revisits 70 years of sovereign debt from interdisciplinary perspective (law, history, economics and sociology). The project is coordinated at the University of Geneva by Prof. Juan Flores, associate professor and director of the Paul Bairoch Institute of Economic History and Pierre Pénet, sociology PhD (Northwestern University & SciencesPo Paris) and postdoc collaborator in the project. The main ambition of this project is to assess, track, and compare the tools and tactics that creditors, debtors, and third parties use to frame and settle sovereign debt disputes in the age of continuous increase in sovereign borrowing.

We invite applications for a Ph.D. position for a 36-month appointment in the general area of law and sociology of sovereign debt. The successful candidate will be enrolled in the doctoral program at the University of Geneva under the supervision of Prof. Flores. The candidate will play an active role in the intellectual life of his/her department of affiliation.


-The candidate must hold a Master degree in the field of social science (sociology, economics, history, law). Applications are invited from doctoral students who are candidates for Ph.D. degrees in the social sciences. Students who will advance in the current or following academic year may also apply.

-Doctoral and proposed research must be in the general area of social sciences (sociolegal studies, economic history, sociology of finance). The research must address significant issues in the field and show promise of a major contribution to social scientific understanding of sovereign debt.

-Candidates with prior experience in archival work are encouraged to apply.

-Applicants do not need to be Swiss or European citizens in order to apply. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

-Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken) is required as well as proficiency in French (written and spoken). Spanish or Portuguese is a valuable asset.


Annual stipend is 47’000-50’000 CHF. Doctoral candidate may also apply for extra funding to cover travel and research expenses.


Appointment is full time and for three years. The position is based at the University of Geneva.

Starting date is February 1,2016, or upon agreement.

Application Process

Applications must include: (1) a two-page dissertation abstract or proposal, (2) university transcripts, (3) the names of two referees, and (4) a curriculum vitae. In addition, at the applicant’s option, a short sample of written work may be submitted.

Applications must be received no later than November 30, 2015.

Send application and direct all application questions or concerns to Juan Flores Zendejas (juan.flores @