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Eurac Research’s Federal Scholar in Residence Program 2018

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The Institute for Comparative Federalism has established the yearly Federal Scholar in Residence Program in order to enhance the comparative study of federalism and regionalism by providing an opportunity for exchange among scholars in the field so as to inspire and develop new project ideas. Each edition’s winner is granted a research stay of up to three weeks at Eurac Research in Bolzano/Bozen, South Tyrol, Italy and gets the opportunity to discuss and present their research on issues related to comparative federalism, regionalism and/or intergovernmental relations with international experts in the field.

The Federal Scholar in Residence addresses experts who wish to present and discuss questions of federalism and regionalism that are of importance to legislators, civil servants and the international academic community. It promotes comparative research at Eurac Research and aims to interconnect experts and their networks in order to advance comparative federal and regional studies.

The program welcomes applications from scholars and practitioners who study and work in the fields of federalism, regionalism and intergovernmental relations. It was set up in honor of the works of Sergio Ortino, the founder of Federal Studies in South Tyrol.

In short, the Federal Scholar in Residence Program is:

  • a public acknowledgement of excellence covering the costs of a research stay at the Institute for Comparative Federalism
  • a possibility to present own research findings publicly and engage into face-to-face discussions with a group of international experts in constitutional law and comparative politics at Eurac Research
  • an occasion for academics, post-docs and practitioners to extend and share their knowledge of multilevel government and governance in the South Tyrolean setting, a trilingual Italian autonomous province bordering Switzerland and Austria
  • an opportunity to develop new project ideas while being part of our international research environment


Applicants must hand in a not yet published manuscript and be ready to present their findings in English in seminars both at Eurac Research and at neighboring partner universities.

Applications are to be sent directly to the program manager by 01 July, 15:00 CEST. Please note:

  • an unpublished paper or manuscript can be submitted in English, German, Italian, French and Spanish; in accordance to the program’s rules it is compulsory to insert the following declaration as a footnote in the submitted manuscript OR as a separate certification (with your signature): “I hereby confirm that the submitted work ( TITLE ) is not yet published.”
  • it has to be sent electronically and without any identifying information in it
  • the applicant’s knowledge of English must be at working level
  • only full papers are accepted, no research plans (there is no rule concerning the length of the submitted work)
  • a paper or manuscript can only be re-submitted if substantively revised
  • an abstract in English, a short CV and a motivation letter of maximum 2 pages have to be sent in a separate document; in accordance to the Italian Law on personal data handling (decree 196/2003) make sure to attach the following consent to your CV: “I authorize EURAC to use my personal data in accordance to decree 196/2003.”
  • applications must be submitted via email only


The winner of the Federal Scholar in Residence program is granted a research stay of up to 3 weeks at the Institute for Comparative Federalism. Although the winner can flexibly plan their stay, the month of February would represent a particular opportunity to develop new ideas while profiting from the international research environment of the renowned Winter School on Federalism and Governance.

The program comprises:

  • The possibility to present and to publish one’s work in our online series EDAP or one of our book series, if considered appropriate by the president of the jury
  • A work place and free access to the Library, including online library services
  • The use of our administrative structures (secretariat and project development service)
  • A return ticket economic fare
  • Accommodation in a single room in a standard guesthouse or in modern student halls of residence in centrally located areas of Bolzano/Bozen (within walking distance to Eurac Research)

NOTE: The single conditions are subject to prior agreement with the project manager and to Eurac Research’s internal rules of procedure. In any case, neither board nor a family allowance will be provided.

​For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  Federal Scholar in Residence-Program

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