Call for applications is now closed

Master Class of
Advanced Dictatorship Research

Where: Ostrava, Czech Republic

Host: University of Ostrava

When: 3-10 September 2022

 The program can be found here

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Dear students of authoritarian politics

We have opened the call for applications to our planned “Master Class of Advanced Dictatorship Research,” held at the University of Ostrava in September 2022.


IMPORTANT! The call for applications has been extended to 30 May 2022. Currently, we still have some places left. 



This Master Class (MC) is open to all applicants. 

  • We offer full scholarships (travel, tuition, food, accommodation) for selected students of affiliated partners of the M.O.R.D.O.R. Consortium
  • We offer partial scholarships (tuition, food, accommodation) for all other selected applicants. 

This MC is aimed at MA and junior PhD students working on authoritarian politics (in any world region). 

The MC is directed at those students that aspire to specialize further in theories and trends of dictatorships and learn about other regional authoritarian contexts. (Senior BA students are also eligible on condition they are writing a BA-paper or working on this topic.) 

Full scholarships are reserved for selected students of affiliated partners of the M.O.R.D.O.R. consortium, but we offer a limited number of partial scholarships to any other student that passes the selection process. 

PROGRAM: The Master Class offers a range of lectures on Dictatorship Studies as well as dissertation seminars by top scholars from at least 6 research institutions of the M.O.R.D.O.R. consortium.


A draft program can be found here.

Saturday 3 September 2022 – Arrival Day
4–9 September – Master Class work days
Saturday 10 September 2022 – Departure Day

For selected students from partner institutions* affiliated with the M.O.R.D.O.R. project we can offer full funding: The project offers each selected applicant: flight tickets, travel insurance, and accommodation (in double rooms), food for the whole duration of the MC. There are no tuition fees or administrative costs for the attending the MC. After completion students will receive a certificate of attendance. 
(*exceptions are students of the  Univ. of Essex, which are eligible for partial funding only.) 
For selected non-consortium students, we offer partial funding (we cover: accommodation, food, tuition fee and administrative costs.) After completion students will receive a certificate of attendance.
All applicants will be selected according to the same criteria, taking into account their current level of study (BA, MA or PhD) 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: During the call for applications applicants are required to send the following documents to the Master Class organizers. 
Click here to apply
-Application Form (online)
-Scan of proof of enrollment at an eligible partner institution (valid at the moment of application)
-Motivation letter
-Short research outline of their BA paper MA/PhD dissertation topic 
-Scan of their BA/MA diploma (with list of grades) or for BA students (transcript of completed years)
-CV (applicants may use the EU EuroPass format)
-Proof of English knowledge (at least B2 level required). 

Participating MA/PhD (and senior BA) students will be selected according to the following criteria:
-Academic merit
-The quality of their research plan for their thesis/dissertation
-Level of English (threshold criterion)
-The conformity of their research to the offered lectures & consultations at the MC
-Extracurricular activities related to the MC topics


Details of the venue
The planned venue is:
the Jacques Rupnik Library
Bráfova 3, 702 00 Moravská Ostrava a Přívoz, Czechia

Housing address: the Kampus Palace 
Smetanovo nám. 3116/10, Ostrava
City of Ostrava & Venue

Ostrava got its name from the river Ostravice, which divides the town into its Moravian and Silesian parts. The root of the word Ostrava, “ostrý,” means “sharply, quickly, swiftly flowing river”

Short History of Ostrava