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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).

Open Call for Project Proposals in the area of research quality and open science
The Berlin Open Call for Project Proposals: research quality and open science of the Objective 3 addresses professors, postdocs and employees of the academic support services in leading positions or carrying a PhD, that are employed by one of the Berlin University Alliance’s partners. The call focusses on project proposals from all disciplines that are beneficial for the broadening and interacting of the scientific expertise regarding research quality and open science in the Berlin research environment. The proposals need to comprise concepts for the implementation of specific measures aiming at strengthening the assurance of research quality and the opening of academic research in the institutions of the Berlin University Alliance. New disciplinary approaches as well as the transferability to other disciplines are particularly welcome.
End date of call for proposals: extended to February 15, 2021
Expected start date of funding: April 15, 2021, latest date for project start September 2021

GRF Young Academic Program
is now accepting applications for the Young Academics Program.
Global Relations Forum, founded in 2009 with the support of prominent Turkish leaders in business, government, and academia, is an independent, nonprofit membership association providing a platform for engaging, informing, and stimulating its members and all interested individuals in all matters related to international affairs and global issues.
Global Relations Forum community programs aim to advance a culture of intellectual diversity, constructive debate, and analytic coherence. The GRF Young Academics Program is distinct among these community initiatives in that it serves an additional, but equally important, objective. Through this program, GRF is establishing an expanding network of young academics willing to contribute to policy discussions in both the national and international spheres. The program is designed to culminate in the publication of either a policy or an analysis paper authored by the young academic, which is then published within the framework of the GRF Young Academics Program Publications.
For detailed information on the Global Relations Forum and the Young Academics Program, please visit http://gif.org.tr/communities/grf-young-academics.
Deadline: January 15th, 2020

European University Institute (EUI)
the Communications Service of the European University Institute (EUI) is organizing an online information session (via Zoom) – on Tuesday, 12 Jan 2021 15.00-16.30 – to allow interested students and other prospective applicants from Germany to find out more about the EUI Ph.D. Programme. After a short introduction to the EUI and the programmes, participants will be able to discuss and ask questions directly to Prof. Philipp Genschel, Joint Chair in Comparative and European Public Policy at the Department of Political and Social Sciences and at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI. Their idea would be to ‘connect’ the online presentation to your prestigious University, alongside Humboldt University.


Roman Herzog Research Prize for Social Market Economy
With this prize the Roman Herzog Institute wishes to honour junior researchers whose doctoral or post-doctoral theses provide important scientific approaches to the further development of the social market economy and well-founded analyses of the current regulatory issues.The prize is awarded on an annual basis and endowed with 35,000 Euro.
Deadline for entries: December 31st, 2020

Augsburg Research Prize for Intercultural Studies (web page in German only)
The prize is awarded for outstanding works of junior scientists whose research focuses on the intercultural reality in Germany as well as the questions and challenges that derive from it.The main prize of 5,000 Euro is reserved for doctoral or post-doctoral theses, master, diploma, magister or state exam theses will be honoured with a sponsorship award of 1,500 Euro.
Dedline for entries: December 23rd, 2020

Deutscher Studienpreis der Körber Stiftung
The Körber Stiftung wishes to encourage young scientists to advocate the value of their research for society with self-confidence and to intodruce it into public debate. Therefore the foundation confers an annual award (Deutscher Studienpreis) to junior scientists of all academic fields who have submitted an excellent doctoral thesis with exceptional significance for society. Patron of the competition, which with three main prizes of 25,000 Euro each rates among the highest remunerated awards for junior scientists, is the President of the Bundestag. 
The current call for entries is aimed at doctoral theses which have been submitted to German universities in 2020 and it will end on March 1st, 2021.

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