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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.


In order to slow the spread of Covid-19 and to protect fellow women and men whose health is especially jeopardized the staff of the Early Career Support have been transferred to outwork effective immediately. We will continue to be at your disposal per mail, can receive letters or parcels and will try to achive accessibility per telephone.

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).

2020-21 DAAD Post-Doctoral Fellows at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Johns Hopkins University Washington, DC
The Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is pleased to announce the opportunity for outstanding scholars to conduct research in Washington, D.C. on “The United States, Europe, and World Order.”
During the academic year 2020-2021 six post-doctoral fellowships will be awarded for a ten (10) month period from September 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021.

Meyer-Struckmann Prize 2020
the Faculty of Humanities at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf annually awards the Meyer Struckmann Prize worth 20,000 euros to promote research in the humanities and social sciences. The call for entries for 2020 is in the thematic area "Digitization and Democracy".
Deadline: June 21th, 2020

H2020 MSCA Individual Fellowship – Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space - Call for Expressions of Interest
The IRS welcomes Expression of Interests of excellent postdoctoral researchers with an outstanding academic track record and a background in one of the following disciplines as mentioned above: economic and social geography, urban and regional sociology, political science, urban and regional planning, and contemporary history.
The successful candidate will apply jointly with a supervisor from IRS to the European Commission Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Scheme.
The Fellowship:
The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) are prestigious fellowships funded by the European Commission. They offer a generous allowance for 12-24 months including mobility, family and research allowance. Applicants can be from any country, must hold a PhD (or equivalent), and must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Germany for more than 12 months in the past 3 years immediately prior to the MSCA-IF deadline on 09 September 2020. MSCA-IF’s follow a bottom-up approach, which means that the research fields and topics are chosen freely by the applicants in collaboration with their prospective hosts.
How to express your interest:
An Expression of Interest should include:
1. Your CV including a full list of your publications, research grants and projects.
2. A max 2-3 page Research Proposal Summary aligned with one or more of the themes of the IRS research programme.
Closing date for Expressions of Interest with IRS: June 15th, 2020