Call for Applications - Higher School of Economics St. Petersburg

Within the framework of GTFP, the Saint Petersburg Campus of the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Russia invites applications for the position of Lecturer for Academic Year 2021/2022.

Suggested fields are the following, but the Department can be flexible in accomodating good applicants:

  1. Comparative politics, with a special focus on politics and policy processes in the BRICS countries or politics and policy processes in the countries of the post-Soviet space;
  2. Comparative policy studies, with a special focus on social and economic policies, including international political economy;
  3. Russian politics and Eurasian studies with a special focus on political economy,  policy studies and critical development studies.

The duties of the lecturer will include teaching two courses/semester in English and participation in research seminars of the Department of Political Science. Please see more information about the institution below.

Applicants may apply for the 2021/2022 Fall Semester (September – December 2021), or the Full 2021/2022 Academic year (September 2021 – June 2022)

The call is open for current CEU doctoral candidates beyond their 3rd year of studies, and recent doctoral graduates who earned their PhD-degree in a relevant field of study between 2019 and 2021 at CEU. GTFP’s rules and regulations apply.

Applications should include:

  • motivation letter
  • resume (CV)
  • teaching philosophy (1,000 words)
  • list of the course(s) you could/would like to teach
  • two Letters of Reference (email or scanned copy)

If you are interested in teaching at HSE St.Petersburg, please contact:

In the subject of the email please indicate that you are applying for HSE-SPB.


For more information email directly to: Agnes Leyrer -


National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) was established by the liberal-minded economists in Moscow in 1992 as a dynamic university for new economy. The mission statement of the HSE emphasizes that it is “a research university” that “perceives itself as a part of the global academic community and believes that international partnership and engagement in global university cooperation are the key elements of the movement forward”. The HSE is at the leading edge of education reform and modernisation in Russia. “Welfare of Russia and its citizens” and “making a practical contribution to the building of a new Russia” are two important priorities for the university. It is one of the preeminent economics, social sciences and humanities universities in Europe and Eurasia and is an important player in Russia’s 5/100 project, which is a programme devised to improve international competitiveness of the Russian universities.

The University has now four campuses in four major cities of Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Perm. The campus in St. Petersburg opened in 1997, to host BA, MA and postgraduate educational programmes in social sciences and humanities. The total of 27 000 students are enrolled in all four campuses of the University with ca 3 500 of them in St. Petersburg. The St. Petersburg campus hosts 10 BA programmes (including programme in Political Science and World Politics), 13 MA programmes (including MA in Political Science) and 5 PhD programmes.

The HSE in St. Petersburg is dedicated to developing international academic cooperation, which it achieves through a variety of research projects, full-time international programmes, study abroad programmes and other projects. We share our expertise with the global academic community and are open to exploring more opportunities for cooperation that will benefit researchers, instructors and students worldwide.


BA programme in Political Science and World Politics. This brand new English-language programme is designed for students interested in understanding international and domestic politics and will prepare graduates for careers in government and policy making, international business and non-governmental organisations, or for further study. The programme’s curriculum combines political science, public policy studies, international relations, and project management and covers the key methodologies and theories in contemporary political science.

The programme combines theoretical knowledge of political science with analysis of regional particularities of political and social processes. Comparative political analysis of political and social processes in different countries allows students to acquire expertise in the functioning of contemporary governments, and their interactions with civil society and business organisations. Training in international relations will enhance understanding of contemporary modes of international cooperation and global political processes. By studying the basics of project management the students will get hands-on experience of real-life approaches to political issues. The programme offers two ‘geopolitical’ tracks: (i) Northern Europe in the European Union; (ii) BRICS and Russian Studies; and offers language training in either German or Chinese. Academic Director: Dr. Andrey Starodubtsev

MA in Comparative Politics of Eurasia. This new English-language MA Programme that will be launched in September 2017 responds to the growing strategic importance of the wider Eurasian region, including the former Soviet Union and the countries of East Asia, as well as the associated need for both national and international expertise in the comparative politics of this vital region. The programme provides for a discipline based professional training in Comparative Politics complemented with an advanced, specialist understanding of the unique and challenging political and social environment of the Eurasian region.

The programme curriculum is developed around a core conceptual training in comparative political science and a comprehensive empirical training in contemporary methods of social science research. Alongside this core, the programme offers an exciting range of elective courses in two broad groups. The first group, augmenting the core training in comparative political science covers: politics and society in contemporary Russia; the social and political transformations of Central Asia, China and Vietnam; and the political economy of post-communist development. A second, more multi-disciplinary grouping of courses, includes those that cover: the international relations of Russia, Central Asia, China and Vietnam; Russia’s energy policies and dilemmas; and Russia’s geo-political standing in the context of the wider Arctic region. Academic Director: Prof. Dmitrii Goncharov.


The academic staff involved in teaching at both the BA and MA levels are also involved in various research projects in Russia and beyond. These research projects cover various topics ranging from Russian party and electoral systems, federalism and regional policy, policy changes under authoritarianism in Russia and the role of civil society to judicial politics in autocracies, nationalism studies and EU studies.