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.

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.

About idea and strategic goals

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.

About the procedure of the fellowship

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.

About the candidates

Fellows must hold a PhD and have a strong interest in working in a policy-oriented international, professional environment. It is assumed that candidates would generally be nationals of transatlantic partner countries. Candidates should apply with an outline of their proposed research project, a Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications and two references (see Call for Applications). Candidates will be selected by a jury composed of members of the participating institutes.

About financing

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. 

About funders

The program is funded by, among others, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Deutsche Bank, Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Otto Group, Robert Bosch-Stiftung, and Transatlantikprogramm der Bundesregierung.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 267191 and no 600414.


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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