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Wed, 1 Apr 2015 14:54:25 +0200
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GEO-C ( is a new international training network, funded by the European Commission, and is currently advertising to fill 15 PhD scholarships in the area of smart, open cities.  Many of the advertised topics have a strong link to HCI. The deadline for applications was April 3, 2015 but has just been extended to April 17, 2015.

Embarking on a PhD is a big decision and a great opportunity to engage with a specific topic over the course of three years. In addition to providing scholarships for 15 doctoral researchers, GEO-C offers a number of further exciting opportunities. The core topic of the project, smart and open cities, is highly relevant to society as a whole as more and more people live in cities. The outcome of GEO-C (scientific contributions and a practical toolkit to realise open cities) can have a significant impact on making cities in Europe and elsewhere more liveable places. 

By engaging with both city councils and companies working on related topics, GEO-C also provides doctoral researchers with the opportunity to gain experiences in working with and in both types of partner organisations. In addition, this strong link to councils and companies allows for excellent networking opportunities, facilitating career development for the students. Finally, through its international and interdisciplinary structure, GEO-C will enable doctoral researchers to gain a deeper understanding of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary issues, and thus prepare them to work in such contexts after completing their degree. The programme provides substantial mobility allowance and thus will enable students to spend a significant amount of time abroad, i.e. at a research institution in different European countries.

The project web page ( provides more details about the scholarships, the application procedure and whom to contact in case of questions.  Successful candidates will be based in Lisbon, Portugal, Castellon, Spain, or Münster, Germany.

GEO-C is funded by the European Commission within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, International Training Networks (ITN), European Joint Doctorates (EJD). The funding period is January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2018, Grant Agreement number 642332 — GEO-C — H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014.
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