Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR)
The Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) is a two-year programme for young academics with a background in international relations and international security. The fellows spend a total of 24 months in three different research institutions or think tanks in order to build skills in policy-oriented research and create their own networks.
Idea and aims
As the first of its kind, the programme makes a substantial contribution to the creation of international networks and fosters mutual understanding. As highly accomplished academics looking for a career in policy-oriented research and consulting, TAPIR fellows will be able to experience different policy consulting approaches on the job and to forge contacts within the transatlantic policy community. In addition to the exchange of information and resources across boundaries and across the Atlantic, the fellowship programme provides a pool of qualified professionals for future employment in top-end policy consulting and research.
Selected fellows spend eight months each in three different participating research institutions in the United States and Europe. The choice of institutes depends on individual candidates’ research interests, as well as on the core programmes of the participating institutes. Fellows will be working with a supervising researcher at the host institute and will be integrated into relevant research units and projects there. The fellows’ research will be published by their respective host institutions and/or in adequate academic journals. At the end of each year of the programme, a seminar brings together all fellows, so they can exchange information about their experiences and present their research.
Financing & Funders
Fellows receive a monthly stipend of Euro 1,800.- and a monthly allowance for health insurance of Euro 200.-, making the programme an attractive option that is well above most PhD stipends, plus a one-off allowance for travel to and from institutes as well as to the seminar.
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.
Career after TAPIR
To date, all fellows found a highly attractive employment after their fellowship, a majority of them in think tanks and universities. Many received job offers already during their TAPIR time.
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The TAPIR fellowship allowed me to experience the nexus of policy work and academic methods in different cultural work environments, leading to a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a subsequent teaching position in a graduate diplomacy program. I remain connected to the trans-Atlantic think tank world as an Emerging Leader of Environmental and Energy Policy of the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC in cooperation with Ecologic, Berlin.
The TAPIR fellowship gave me the unique opportunity and freedom to concentrate on my research and to make myself known in the think tank world. It allowed me to build up a wide-spread transatlantic professional network, from which I profit until today.
TAPIR helped me to make the transition from doctoral to post-doctoral life, by enabling me to think about broader issues stemming from my dissertation. It built unparalleled networks for someone at an early stage in their career.
The TAPIR programme was crucial for my career: two years in Paris and Washington didn’t just provide invaluable insights and contacts. TAPIR opened doors into academia as well as public policy for me.
My TAPIR experience was enriching in many ways. Most importantly, it was a unique chance to collaborate with international colleagues and see the working methods of different think tanks in Europe and the U.S. from the inside. Of course, it also is a lesson on how to adapt to diverse political cultures and environments. I benefit from the TAPIR fellowship to this day.