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Call for Applications
IPC-Stiftung Mercator Fellowship Program 2020/ 2021 at SWP Berlin

The German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin is awarding two fellowships to post-doctoral and experienced researchers from Turkey.

German-Turkish relations are of key importance to the future of both countries as well as for Europe and the European Union. This is why, the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) at Sabanci University and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) with the support of Stiftung Mercator foundation have established a partnership in the field of academic promotion in order to contribute to the consolidation of German-Turkish and Turkish-European relations.

Relevant research fields include European-Turkish relations, Turkish domestic policy, Turkish foreign and security policy and climate change in a European-Turkish context.

Applicants have to prove extensive research experience and significant publications. They will execute an independent research project and might collaborate with SWP colleagues. Research results will appear in the form of peer-reviewed SWP publications. The working languages are English and/or German.

Fellowships will be granted for a period of twelve months (2020-2021). Unless the fellows are required to travel to complete their individual projects, they are encouraged to reside in Berlin for the duration of their fellowship. Fellows will receive a monthly grant of € 2,800.00 net and an additional budget for research trips.

All applications must be submitted in the form of a single PDF document and must contain the following documents in English or German:

  • A cover letter;
  • A CV including a list of academic publications;
  • Copies of relevant academic transcripts and/or diplomas (no translations needed);
  • A written proposal containing the description of the applicant’s project. This proposal must include:
    • Discussion of the research/project topic, relevant research questions/project objectives and an explanation of the academic and political relevance of the project;
    • An overview of the state of research in the field;
    • An overview of the theoretical and methodological approaches to be applied in the project (if relevant);
    • A bibliography;
    • The proposal should not exceed five pages (2 cm margin, 1.5 spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font).


IPC-Stiftung Mercator Fellows will be selected by a jury of experts. In choosing applicants, the jury will put particular emphasis on the following criteria:

  • Academic and professional merit based on the applicant’s publications and work experience;
  • Academic and political relevance of the applicant’s project to the relevant research fields;
  • Coherence and feasibility of the applicant’s project;
  • Value of the project’s public outreach dimension;

The deadline for 2020/2021 Fellowship applications is 31st December 2019
. Please send your complete application by email to bewerbungen(at)

All applicants will receive a notice of receipt by email. Applicants are responsible for submitting complete applications. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For further details, please see the IPC-Stiftung Mercator Fellowship Program website:

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The IPC-Stiftung Mercator Fellowship Program is funded by Stiftung Mercator.


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