Call for Knowledge Centres

The call is now closed


Ghent University’s Eureast Platform, one of the university’s five regional platforms, facilitates and advises on academic cooperation with academic partners in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, specifically Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Besides facilitating and advising on academic cooperation, the Eureast Platform also aims to to foster knowledge on the respective regions and countries in order to improve both the academic and societal understanding of these diverse countries and areas.

At the moment, the Eureast Platform hosts one knowledge centre, namely CERISE, focusing on Russia. The Eureast Platform wishes to establish additional knowledge centres that will reside under the framework of the Eureast Platform. Therefore, the Eureast Platform launches a call for maximum three additional knowledge centres. The aim of the centres is to advance the knowledge on a specific region or set of countries within the framework of the Eureast Platform by bringing together scholars interested in the field, and promoting that knowledge of the region or set of countries to the academics and the broader community.

Structure and Operation of the Eureast Platform Knowledge Centres

The operation of knowledge centres within the platform includes the following aspects:

  • New knowledge centres are to be operated by one chair and are to include members from at least two different faculties. Each knowledge centre operates autonomously: it decides on and implements its own activities, such as organizing events and taking care of the practicalities that come with it, be it in close consultation with the Eureast Platform’s Daily Management and the Steering Group.
  • Each new knowledge centre preferably focuses on more than one country and is sustained by the existing relevant expertise at Ghent University.
  • Each knowledge centre receives a yearly operational budget of maximum 4,000 euros, which is to be allotted every year by the Eureast Platform’s Steering Group, depending on the centres’ activities. Knowledge centres are also encouraged to explore co-funding opportunities from within and outside the university.
  • The centre’s chair presents action plans and reports on the centre’s activities to the Eureast Platform’s Steering Group on a regular basis.
  • Each year, the Eureast Platform hosts a visiting fellowship programme, a summer school and a colloquium. The organization and budget of these activities will be distributed evenly among the knowledge centres on a rotation basis.
  • Each knowledge centre will have a separate webpage, integrated into the Eureast Platform website, with an overview of its own activities, news, etc. The Platform will facilitate communication of the centres’ events through its website and newsletters.
  • Each knowledge centre will have a two-year trial period. After the trial period, the Steering Group will evaluate the functioning of the centre and decide on its future.

Application criteria

The application will be reviewed according the following criteria:

  1. the relevance of the new knowledge centre, including in terms of academic and societal need for more knowledge on the region/countries;
  2. its feasibility, both internally as externally (including potential for co-funding opportunities).
  3. the level of support among different faculties.

The application should be submitted to no later than 30 November 2022.

For inquiries, please send an e-mail to

Knowledge centre CERISE

CERISE, the Centre for Russian International Socio-Political and Economic Studies was founded in 2001. CERISE is focusing on research about Russia and as such is one of the pillars of the Eureast Platform.

News database Integrum

Integrum provides access to the largest digital archive of the sources of information of Russia, Ukraine and other post-Soviet states. It consists of more than 500 million documents in more than 15,000 databases, with 40,000 new documents being added daily, in addition to thousands of full-text newspapers, magazines, archives of news wires, business databases, encyclopedias and dictionaries.

The  Eureast Platform has acquired Integrum Profi. Access can be obtained via any UGent IP address on the Integrum website

UGent staff and students can contact to obtain the login & password. The login will be active till the end of May 2023. This is not a personalized password and access is not restricted to one individual, users may share passwords. However please note that when another user logs in the first one is automatically blocked.

Joint PhD

One of the aims of the Eureast Platform is to stimulate joint PhD’s between UGent and -partners in the Platform's focus regions. A joint PhD (joint doctorate, co-tutelle doctorate) is a doctoral degree awarded by two (or more) different institutions, who share the responsibilities of supervising, coordination and examining a researcher’s work towards a PhD degree.

More info

You can find more information online about a joint PhD at UGent, or you can contact .