Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR)

The Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) is open to candidates who have recently received their doctorate in social and political sciences or economics and whose research focuses on topics of international relations and/or international peace and security issues. Fellowships are granted for a duration of 24 months to prepare fellows for a career in policy-oriented and international research at renowned think tanks and political consulting research institutes. Fellows spend three eight-month stays at research institutions or think tanks participating in the program - at least one on the Eastern, and one on the Western side of the Atlantic.

Participating institutes include: Center for Security Studies (CSS), Zurich; Chatham House, London; 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.; 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

Fellows will be supervised by a researcher at each host institute, while being integrated into the relevant research units or projects. Fellows will have the opportunity to work on issues of major and immediate political significance, and to publish their work in journals or paper series that will be read by decision-makers at national and international levels. The fellowship aims to involve participants actively in the work and research of leading international think tanks. It is not intended to primarily fund the completion of major individual publications or of academic peer-reviewed journal articles.

The fellowship consists of

  • A monthly stipend of Euro 1.800,00
  • A monthly allowance for health insurance of Euro 200,00
  • And a one-time travel allowance of Euro 3.500,00 for travel to and from the host institutions.

Fees for residence permits are not included.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship, candidates must have successfully defended their Ph.D. by the start of the program (October 1, 2016). Candidates must have a strong interest in working in a policy-oriented international environment and must demonstrate their ability to do so by previous international academic experience.

Applicants must either be citizens of the U.S., Canada or Europe (in a broader geographical definition) OR must have resided in the U.S., Canada or Europe at least for two-and-a-half years in the five years prior to the application deadline.

Selection

Up to seven Fellowships will be awarded in 2016. Fellows will be selected by a jury composed of members of the participating institutes. Selection criteria are the academic excellence of the candidate, policy consultancy experiences and the quality of the research statement.

Funders

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.

Application date
1 Feb 2016
Duration
24 months
Country
America United States New England Mid-Atlantic South East South West Great Lakes Mid-West / Plains Rocky Mountain Pacific Europe Germany Belgium Finland France Paris Île-de-France South-East South-West North-West North-East Norway Poland United Kingdom Switzerland
Discipline
Social sciences International Relations
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 5 years
Grants available
7
Award granted
€ 51.500
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