Fully Funded Fellowship Programme for Early-career Social Scientists in Berlin

Young adults are welcome to apply for the 2018-2019 WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship programme. The programme enables an outstanding early-career social scientist working in a low- or middle-income country to conduct research at WZB Berlin Social Science Center for up to six months. Deadline to apply is April 30.

WZB Berlin Social Science Center is one of Europe’s largest non-university research institutes. The WZB conducts basic social science research with a focus on the problems of modern societies in a globalized world. Around 150 German and international researchers work at the WZB, including sociologists, political scientists, economists, legal scholars and historians. The WZB offers a modern working environment, where both equal opportunities and the compatibility of work and family are highly valued. On the other hand, the International Social Science Council (ISSC) is an international organization that works to bring the best social science to bear on the biggest challenges of our time.

Selected fellows will conduct research for up to six months starting between 1 October 2018 and 1 March 2019 at the WZB.

Besides allowing the fellow to focus entirely on a dedicated research project, he/she is invited to participate in the intellectual life at the WZB. The fellow will also become a member of the ISSC’s network of early career scientists. The research project of the fellow should focus on problems of modern societies in a globalized world with particular relevance to low- or middle-income country contexts. Moreover, it should be linked to research conducted at the WZB.

The fellow will receive a grant for up to six months at a level commensurate with a German postdoctoral researcher, a contribution to local accommodation up to EUR 500 per month, roundtrip ticket to and from Berlin, workspace  equipped with PC, Internet and email access, telephone, as well as full library privileges and additional technical services.

Main criteria:

  • Open to early-career social scientist residing and working in a low- or middle-income country (postdoctoral researcher with no more than 5 years’ work experience after their PhD, or scientists without a PhD but with an equivalent level of research experience and output);
  • Both the WZB and the ISSC strongly encourage female researchers to apply;
  • On return to his/her country of residence, the fellow will be expected to share his/her knowledge with the scientific community there, as well as to contribute to the further development of the local science and education system. This could be achieved, for instance, through teaching Master’s or PhD level courses (where appropriate), based on the research done at the WZB.


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