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Announcements for Early Career Researchers

The Department of Political and Social Sciences has established three funds, for which the young researchers* of the department could apply. These instruments for the promotion of young researchers are currently being updated, the necessary decisions are postponed due to circumstances around Covid-19. We therefore ask for your patience.

In addition to that external institutions provide us with information on their announcements of funds, colloquia, grants or vacancies they wish to share with our young scientists.

On this web page we would like to share current information on any announcement that has been brought to our attention with you.


As of October 26th the staff of the department administration will partly be working from home. We have established goups which will take turns in working from the office and from home, thus hopefully ensuring that even in case of infection at least part of the staff will be able to keep things running. Regrattably we still can´t consult with you in person, but you´ll find information on our telephone office hours on the staff web pages. We will continue to be at your disposal per mail and we can process documents and applications that have been submitted by (e-)mail.

External Announcements

Information on Announcements of Doctoral Grants and Postdoctoral Grants provided by the Gateway for Doctoral Candidates.

Minerva Scholarship Programme for Research Stays in Israel and Germany
The Minerva Scholarship Programme is the oldest of the existing programmes to promote German-Israeli cooperation. The funding of the programme by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research finally made it possible to include Israeli universities in the exchange programme.
Today, the Minerva Fellowship Program is open to scholars from all German and Israeli universities and non-university research institutions as well as from all disciplines.
Long-term scholarships:
Each year, around 40 fellowships are awarded to young researchers from Israel and Germany for a research stay at a host institution in the other country. Both doctoral students and
Postdocs can be supported. The funding period is usually six months to two years, for doctoral students up to a maximum of three years.
Application deadline: twice a year in January and June (deadlines are published on the homepage).
Short-term scholarships:
So-called Minerva Short Term Grants for stays between one week and one year
Eight weeks give young German and Israeli junior researchers the opportunity to make initial contact with partners in the host country. Participation in seminars and workshops is also possible.
Application deadline: twice a year in May and November (deadlines are published on the homepage).


Dissertationspreis 2021 der Deutschen Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen (German only)
The DGVN prize for doctoral theses will be awarded for outstanding research on the United Nations, especially on the basics, institutions and fields of activity of the UN system and German UN policy. If you have successfully completed a doctoral procedure in Germany (regardless of your nationality) or are a German who attained a doctorate abroad you are invited to file your pplication. Please check the DGVN web site for more information. Weitere
Deadline: May 31st, 2021 

Since 1995, the Margherita von Brentano Prize has been awarded at Freie Universität Berlin for special achievements in gender studies or gender equality. The prize is currently awarded every two years and is endowed with 15,000 euros.
Deadline: March 31st, 2021