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The Centre for Applied Turkey Studies’ (CATS) Network Grants 2020

The Centre for Applied Turkey Studies (CATS) aims to strengthen cooperation between European and Turkish institutions working on Turkey’s domestic and foreign policy and to establish the CATS Network.

For the year 2020, CATS announces the availability of project grants and fellowships on the following topics:

  • Turkey as partner and as challenge for European security policy
  • Opportunities and constraints for EU-Turkey cooperation in Syria

Projects should be based on the premise that Turkey is important for security and well-being of Europe, the Middle East, the Caucasus and North Africa. They should promote a common European response to this matter as well as foster transnational research and debate that reflects also on European policy towards Turkey.

CATS awards project grants to individual institutions up to 40.000,00 Euros. Joint applications of two or more institutions are strongly encouraged, and in this case grants up to 100.000,00 Euros can be awarded. Grants may cover costs for personnel, honoraria, travel expenses, event expenses, and publications.

Applicant institutions may suggest candidates for CATS fellowships who will support the implementation of the project. Fellowships are granted to post-doctoral scholars and experienced researchers for a duration of 6-12 months. Unless the fellows are required to travel to complete their individual projects, they are encouraged to reside at CATS for the duration of their fellowship. Fellows will receive a monthly grant of € 2,800.00 net.

Applicant institutions have to be officially recognized as non-profit organisations/organisation that works for the public good and are expected to provide the necessary documents to prove that status in case of funding.

Beneficiaries have to adopt to the German regulations for the use of public funds.

Applications must be submitted in the form of a single PDF document and contain the following documents:

  • A written proposal (max. 5 pages, 2 cm margin, 1.5 spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font), including expected results and public outreach
  • A time table
  • A list of persons involved, their responsibilities, and their CVs
  • A draft budget
  • CVs of candidates for CATS fellowships

The deadline for application is 31. January 2020. Please send your complete application to cats(at) . Applications will be evaluated by the CATS team under the advice of experts from SWP and partner institutions.

The Centre for Applied Turkey Studies (CATS) is funded by Stiftung Mercator and the Federal Foreign Office.

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