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Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program 2018/2019 for young academics, journalists and professionals

Application Deadline: March 30, 2018.

The Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program is part of the Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative. The program aims to strengthen academic, political, and social ties between Turkey and Germany, as well as between Turkey and Europe, by facilitating excellent scientific research and hands-on policy work. It is based on the premise that the acquisition of knowledge and the exchange of people and ideas are preconditions for meeting the challenges of a globalized world.

The Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program allows international scholars, journalists, professionals, and civil society activists predominantly, but not exclusively, from Germany to work on academic and practical projects at Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) in two thematic areas:

EU/German-Turkish relations
Climate change

There are two types of positions available:

Mercator-IPC Fellowships are granted to outstanding young academics, journalists and professionals who have significant prior work experience. The fellows will be expected to work on academic or practical projects at IPC. A Master’s degree (or equivalent) is required for this position, but a PhD degree is strongly preferred. Applicants without a PhD degree will only be accepted if their work experience and expertise meet the program requirements to the jury’s satisfaction. Projects that focus on the German-Turkish nexus are likewise preferred. Applicants cannot apply for fellowships to fund their PhD dissertations.

Mercator-IPC Senior Fellowships are granted to internationally renowned scholars and highly respected representatives of civil society or politics who have already made a significant contribution to German-Turkish or European-Turkish relations. Senior Fellows are jointly chosen by the partners of the Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative.

Requirements:

  • In the 2018/19 round, Mercator-IPC Fellowships will be available for outstanding young academics, journalists, and professionals who have significant prior work experience.
  • The fellows will be expected to work on academic and/or practical projects at IPC.
  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) is required for this position, but a PhD degree is strongly preferred. Applicants without a PhD degree will only be accepted if their work experience and expertise meet the program requirements according to the jury’s satisfaction.
  • Projects focusing on the German-Turkish nexus are likewise preferred.
  • Applicants cannot apply for fellowships to fund their PhD dissertations.
  • Fellowships are available for a period of six to twelve months and are predominantly, but not exclusively, granted to applicants from Germany and/or with a strong connection to German society. Unless the fellows are required to travel to complete their individual projects, they are encouraged to be physically present in Istanbul.
SELECTION CRITERIA
Mercator-IPC Fellows will be selected by an international jury consisting of leading experts in the two
thematic areas. In choosing applicants, the jury will place 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 one of the two thematic areas;
• General impact of the project on EU-Turkish and especially German-Turkish relations;
• Applicant’s connection to German society;
• Coherence and feasibility of the applicant’s project;
• Value of the project’s public outreach dimension;
• Applicant’s language skills.
All applications must be submitted in the form of a single PDF document and must contain the following documents in English:
a) A cover letter;
b) A completed application form, which can be downloaded at:
c) A CV including a list of all academic publications;

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program 2018

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