This year, we are seeking PhD proposals in the field of educational inequalities. The selected candidate will be involved in the large-scale international Horizon Europe project Educational Achievements: Reducing Inequalities (LEARN). This position offers an unparalleled opportunity to engage with top-tier international research and networks.

Role Description
The primary responsibilities of the doctoral researcher will include:

  • Conducting comprehensive literature reviews.
  • Analysing large-scale microdata, including administrative databases.
  • Writing the doctoral dissertation.
  • Performing additional tasks relevant to the project.
  • Participating in primary data collection and preparation for various research initiatives at IISS.

The doctoral researcher will be participating in the 4-year Sociology doctoral program. Throughout the studies doctoral researcher will develop robust research skills and may also assist in teaching related courses.


  • Develop an independent research agenda within the project by the end of the first year.
  • Work closely with supervisors and the project team.
  • Co-author publications with team members, including supervisors.
  • Initiate and organize activities, such as research conferences, project seminars, and webinars.
  • Teach or assist in courses related to quantitative research methods and other method-specific subjects.
  • On-time submission of the doctoral dissertation for defence.


  • Applicants should ideally hold an MA degree or have equivalent qualifications in Sociology, Economics, Political Science, or related fields such as Mathematics, Statistics, or Education Science.
  • Experience in working with quantitative data.
  • Proficiency in at least one data analysis software (e.g., Stata, Python, R or SPSS) is desirable.

The thesis research proposal should be agreed with before final submission of the application.

Unit: Institute of International Social Studies

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General admission requirements to PhD studies in Tallinn University.


First thesis proposal draft to be sent to June 13, 2024
Final application deadline submitted through the online application system: July 1, 2024