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University of Ghana, Ghana

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 11, 2018 02:55 PM - - last modified Feb 07, 2020 11:07 AM

Deadline: March 31, 2020

The Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) is dedicated to research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with ‘Sustainable Governance’ as its central topic. More specific sub-topics under this umbrella prominently include sustainable democracy, sustainable peace and conflict management and environmental transformation as well as migration and displacement, restitution of cultural objects, and human rights research. Overarching aims of MIASA are working towards a reduction of global asymmetries in knowledge production and bridging the cultural divide between anglophone and francophone Africa. MIASA, established in 2018, serves as a hub for exchange, networking and collaboration amongst leading researchers from Germany, Ghana, the African and European continents and beyond. It is located on the beautiful campus of the University of Ghana at Legon (Accra).

The Institute offers time and space for supporting innovative academic projects in the Humanities and Social Sciences of top international quality. MIASA supports these projects via different kinds of fellowships: individual fellowships, tandem fellowships with one tandem partner from Germany and the other from West Africa, and fellowships as members of so- called Interdisciplinary Fellow Groups. From 2021 until 2026, MIASA will grant some 20 fellowships per year in total.

Present calls:

Five individual fellowships of 3 to 5 months duration in the calendar year 2021

Individual fellowships will allow researchers to conduct a project of their own choice. These projects can be of an opening, continuing, or closing nature. The successful applicants will become MIASA Fellows with all the corresponding rights and obligations for the agreed fellowship period. Key among the obligations is that MIASA fellows are required to spend the bulk of their fellowship in residence at MIASA at the University of Ghana.

Two tandem fellowships (3-5 months) in the calendar year 2021

The fellowships will allow the researchers who are teaming up to pursue a joint academic project. This project can be of an opening, continuing, or closing nature. Two researchers – one from West Africa and one from Germany – will work in a collaborative manner on a particular research topic in the Humanities and Social Sciences, addressing in one way or another MIASA’s overarching aims.

Interdisciplinary Fellow Groups (IFGs) in the calendar year 2021

IFGs are MIASA’s central instrument fostering original research of top-class international calibre on the central topic ‘Sustainable Governance’ and its sub-topics. In 2021, MIASA will fund one IFG from February 1 until May 31, and another one from September 1 until December 2021. An IFG brings together a group of up to six fellows for a duration of four months.

University of Freiburg, Germany

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 11, 2018 02:55 PM - - last modified Jan 31, 2020 03:34 PM

Deadline: March 31, 2020

The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) at the University of Freiburg in conjunction with the International Balzan Prize Foundation offers up to four 6-month Junior Fellowships in Global History in the academic year 2020/21. The fellowships are funded from the Balzan Prize awarded to Professor Jürgen Osterhammel by the Fondazione Internazionale Premio Balzan. They are addressed to scholars preparing a post-doctoral research monograph on a global history topic. Fellows will join the multidisciplinary community at FRIAS and will have full access to the facilities and activities at the Institute.

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University of Konstanz, Germany

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 11, 2018 02:55 PM - - last modified Jan 16, 2020 12:00 PM

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Research Visits at the Zukunftskolleg support temporary research stays up to three months by international early career researchers from partner research institutions and from within the network of University-based Institutes for Advanced Study (UBIAS).

The aim of the Research Visits is to provide an opportunity to engage in a research project at the University of Konstanz, ideally in collaboration with a Zukunftskolleg fellow.

No limitation is placed on the area of research within the humanities, natural and social sciences. Interdepartmental and interdisciplinary study is encouraged.

Visiting researchers receive a working space in the Zukunftskolleg with all the usual research facilities and are expected to participate in all the Zukunftskolleg’s activities. Experimental projects in the natural sciences can only be supported if arrangements for lab space are made with the respective departments, since the Zukunftskolleg does not have any laboratory space of its own.

Funding will include round trip travel to Konstanz and up to EUR 800 per month toward accommodation in Konstanz. The Zukunftskolleg will not offer employment contracts for Research Visits.

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University of Konstanz, Germany

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 11, 2018 02:55 PM - - last modified Dec 12, 2019 09:34 AM

Deadline: February 28, 2020

The Zukunftskolleg is an Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Konstanz for the promotion of outstanding early career researchers in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. It forms a platform for interdisciplinary discourse between researchers in Germany and abroad, and provides them with resources for obtaining extramural funding. Researchers at the Zukunftskolleg perform research without administrative constraints and have the freedom to engage in meaningful exchange with other up-and-coming colleagues and with distinguished senior researchers.

Up to 5 (post-)doctoral stipends are available for up to 3 months (with justification for up to 4 months) and are based at the Zukunftskolleg. The start date is between September 1st, 2020 and October 1st, 2020. Deadline for applications is 28 February 2020. The Zukunftskolleg Konnect Fellowships support early career researchers from Africa, Asia and Latin America related to one of the thirteen departments of the University of Konstanz. As ZUKOnnect Fellow, you can use this time to extend your research networks and to get to know the research environment at the University of Konstanz, without losing your ties to your home university. As these fellowships can build a first bridge to the German and European academic system, we also encourage doctoral students in their last year to apply. The Zukunftskolleg will not offer employment contracts for ZUKOnnect Fellows.

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Bielefeld University, Germany

by Richard Meckien - published Jun 27, 2018 10:40 AM - - last modified Dec 11, 2019 03:44 PM

Deadline: February 28, 2020

In order to enhance the plurality of perspectives the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) offers two Norbert Elias Fellowships per year to researchers from Africa to take part in the ZiF's Research Groups. Successful applicants will become Fellows of one of the Research Groups and live and work at the ZiF for up to ten months. Norbert Elias Fellows also have the opportunity to work on their own projects, qualification and networking. Applications are welcome from senior or postdocs researchers from African Universities from all disciplines that can contribute to the research group's topic and are interested in interdisciplinary collaboration.

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