Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR)

Call for Applications 2015

The Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) is open to candidates who have recently received their doctorate in social and political sciences or economics and whose research focuses on topics of international relations and/or international peace and security issues. Fellowships are granted for a duration of 24 months to prepare fellows for a career in policy-oriented and international research at renowned think tanks and political consulting research institutes. Fellows spend three eight-month stays at research institutions or think tanks participating in the program - at least one on the Eastern, and one on the Western side of the Atlantic.

Participating institutes include: Center for Security Studies (CSS), Zurich; Chatham House, London; European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), Paris; Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Helsinki; German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Washington, D.C., Berlin, Paris; Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), Paris; Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS), Oslo; Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Warsaw; RAND Corporation (RAND), Washington, D.C.; SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations (SAIS), Washington, D.C.; Stimson Center, Washington D.C.; United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, D.C.; and German Institute for International and Security Affairs/Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin AND Brussels.

Fellows will be supervised by a researcher at each host institute, while being integrated into the relevant research units or projects. Fellows will have the opportunity to work on issues of major and immediate political significance, and to publish their work in journals or paper series that will be read by decision-makers at national and international levels. The fellowship aims to involve participants actively in the work and research of leading international think tanks. It is not intended to primarily fund the completion of major individual publications or of academic peer-reviewed journal articles.

The fellowship consists

  • a monthly stipend of Euro 1.800,00
  • a monthly allowance for health insurance of Euro 200,00
  • and a one-time travel allowance of Euro 3.500,00 for travel to and from the host institutions.

Fees for residence permits are not included.


To be eligible for the Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship, candidates must have successfully defended their Ph.D. by the start of the program (01 October 2015). Candidates must have a strong interest in working in a policy-oriented international environment and must demonstrate their ability to do so by previous international academic experience.

Applicants must either be citizens of the U.S., Canada or Europe (in a broader geographical definition) OR must have resided in the U.S., Canada or Europe at least for two-and-a-half years in the five years before the application deadline.

TAPIR fellows selected commit to carrying out all research activities in compliance with the fundamental ethical principles of the European Commission (Decision No 1982/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006, Art. 6(§1)).

Application procedure

Applications should contain

  • A 2500 word research statement that outlines the key policy questions the candidate would like to focus on during the program and their relationship with the candidate's past academic work (research proposal). This does not have to be limited to transatlantic issues.
  • A concise Curriculum Vitae with a list of principal publications (max. four pages in total). Please state your citizenship if you are U.S., Canadian or European citizen OR details about your residency there (see above).
  • Two letters of recommendation (attached to your application or separately sent by your referees)

All files, including letters of recommendation, should be sent in PDF format to tapir(at) by 10 July 2015. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Successful candidates will be informed by August 2015. Due to organizational changes, the final selection and the start of the program (01 October 2015) are very contiguous. Therefore a later beginning – either on 01 November 2015 or 01 December 2015 – is optional as long as the hosting institutes are informed and agreed upon beforehand. But a later start of the program than the 01 December 2015 is not possible.


Up to seven Fellowships will be awarded in 2015. Fellows will be selected by a jury composed of members of the participating institutes. Selection criteria are the academic excellence of the candidate, policy consultancy experiences and the quality of the research statement.

The decision of the jury is final and no appeal is possible. All candidates are informed of the outcome of their applications by e-mail.


The program is funded by Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and the participating institutes. Moreover TAPIR is co-funded by the Marie Curie Action COFUND within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union.


For further information, please contact:

Marion Calistri
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR)
Ludwigkirchplatz 3-4
10719 Berlin

phone: +49 (0)30 88007- 489
fax: +49 (0)30 88007-5106 / -100
e-mail: tapir(at)


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