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Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program 2014–2015 for Senior Researchers at SWP Berlin

SWP, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, in cooperation with Stiftung Mercator and Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) calls for applications for the second round of its Fellowship Program on Turkey. The program aims at Post-Docs and senior fellows with a university or think tank affiliation in Turkey.

Working languages are English and/or German. A proven track record of research and substantial publications are a precondition for the application. The fellows will be working on their own subject in cooperation with members of the respective research divisions at SWP. Relevant topics include European-Turkish relations, Turkish foreign and security policy, Turkish domestic policy and/or other issues in the wider area of policy studies such as climate change or economics. The fellows are expected to publish their results as Peer-reviewed SWP research papers.

The Fellowship includes financial support for up to one year. Monthly remuneration ranges from 2.500 Euro to a max of 3.000 Euro, depending on the seniority of the fellow. In addition, travel expenses can be covered for research expeditions or conference participation. The program is currently designed for two fellows for the duration of up to one year.

Please send your application via e-mail with the relevant documents:

Cover letter, CV including diplomas, publication list and an exposé of your research project that should not exceed 3 pages by the 14th of December 2014 to Tannas Michel, tannas.michel(at)swp-berlin.org.

Research assistant in the ISSICEU project

The Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) is currently recruiting a part-time qualified research assistant to contribute to the work of the EU-funded international research project Intra- and Inter-Societal Sources of Instability in the Caucasus and EU Opportunities to Respond (ISSICEU). The fixed-term position (50%) will start on January 1, 2015 and last until May 31, 2015 with an option to be extended until October 2015.

Within the framework of ISSICEU, SWP's sub-project explores the role of Turkey in the Caucasus and in particular Turkish influences on the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict. On the empirical level, the sub-project focuses on civil society, security and military policy as well as economic relations. On the theoretical level it aims at contributing to the interface between Political Sociology and International Relations.

The assistant’s responsibilities will involve a combination of support for research on the SWP subproject and project-related administrative tasks. This may include logistical support in organizing seminars for project participants, liaising with academic journals, maintaining contact with ISSICEU partner institutions, reporting to the EU, and similar tasks.


  • Above-average academic degree (MA) in the social sciences (political science, sociology, political geography or anthropology). PhD students are welcome to apply.
  • Experience in project administration and event organization, preferably within the framework of international or EU projects.
  • Solid knowledge of the Caucasus. Interest in empirical and theory-oriented research.
  • Fluency in German and English. Russian and/or Turkish skills are an asset.

Remuneration will be in accordance with the public sector collective wage agreement (TVöD (Bund)), remuneration group E 10. SWP promotes gender equality and encourages women to apply. The application deadline is 2nd of November, 2014. Please send your application to

Ludwigkirchplatz 3–4

10719 Berlin

or electronically: bewerbungen(at)swp-berlin.org

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