Mercator – Istanbul Policy Center Fellowship Programme 2017/18
The Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative invites academics, journalists, and professionals to apply for the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program. The deadline for 2017/18 fellowship applications is April 3, 2017. The fellowship begins on September 4, 2017.
The Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program is part of the Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative. The program aims to strengthen academic, political, and social ties between Turkey and Germany, as well as between Turkey and Europe by facilitating excellent scientific research and hands-on policy work. It is based on the premise that acquisition of knowledge and the exchange of people and ideas are preconditions for meeting the challenges of a globalized world.
The Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program allows international scholars, journalists, professionals and civil society activists especially but not exclusively from Germany to work on academic and practical projects at Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) in two thematic areas:
- EU/German-Turkish relations
- Climate change
There are two types of positions available:
- Mercator-IPC Fellowships are granted to outstanding young academics, journalists and professionals who have significant prior work experience. The fellows will be expected to work on academic or practical projects at IPC. A Master’s degree (or equivalent) is required for this position, but a PhD is strongly preferred. Applicants without a PhD degree will only be considered if their work experience and expertise meet the program requirements to the jury’s satisfaction. Projects which focus on the German-Turkish nexus are likewise preferred. Applicants cannot apply for fellowships to fund their PhD dissertations.
- Mercator-IPC Senior Fellowships are granted to internationally renowned scholars and highly respected representatives of civil society or politics who have already made a significant contribution to German-Turkish or European-Turkish relations. Senior Fellows are jointly chosen by the partners of the Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative.
Since 2012, we have hosted thirty-one Fellows and nine Senior Fellows at IPC. Within the program, our Fellows published sixty reports and policy briefs, hundreds of op-eds, academic articles, and presentations, along with organizing over 125 panels, conferences, talks, workshops, and book launches in Turkey and abroad. The program also initiated institutional cooperations between IPC and twenty-five national and international partners.
In the 2017/18 round, Mercator-IPC Fellowships will be available for outstanding young academics, journalists, and professionals who have significant prior work experience. The fellows will be expected to work on academic and/or practical projects at IPC. A Master’s degree (or equivalent) is required for this position, but a PhD degree is strongly preferred. Applicants without a PhD degree will only be accepted if their work experience and expertise meet the program requirements according to the jury’s satisfaction. Projects focusing on the GermanTurkish nexus are likewise preferred. Applicants cannot apply for fellowships to fund their PhD dissertations.
Fellowships are available for a period of six to twelve months and are predominantly, but not exclusively, granted to applicants from Germany and/or with a strong connection to German society. Unless the fellows are required to travel to complete their individual projects, they are encouraged to be physically present in Istanbul.
Project proposals can be of an academic or practical nature. However, in order to ensure the socio-political impact of fellowship work, applicants should also include a proposal for an outreach strategy, putting a focus on how the project results will be presented and discussed with policy makers, stakeholders, media, and/ or the general public. Please note that a Coordination Team will be assisting you in the process of realizing your outreach strategy in terms of logistics and capacity. The fellowship program will be open to academics, journalists, and professionals who work in one of the following two thematic areas: EU/German-Turkish relations and climate change.
Mercator-IPC Fellows will receive a monthly net payment of up to €2,700 and a travel allowance of up to €2,500 net in total. Fellows may furthermore be entitled to additional allowances.
All applications must be submitted in the form of a single PDF document and must contain the following documents written in English (incomplete applications will not be considered):
a) A cover letter;
b) A completed application form, which can be downloaded ;
c) A CV, including a list of all academic publications;
d) Copies of relevant academic transcripts and/or diplomas (no translations needed);
e) A written proposal containing a detailed description of the applicant’s project. This proposal must include:
- Discussion of the research/project topic, relevant research questions/project objectives and an explanation of the academic and political relevance of the project;
- An overview of the state of research or similar projects in the field;
- An overview of the theoretical and methodological approaches to be applied in the project (if relevant);
- A bibliography or background information related to the topic. The proposal should not exceed 5 pages (2 cm margin, 1.5 cell spacing, 12pt Times New Roman font).
f) A second written proposal with a short description of at least one additional project designed for public outreach, such as an event or a publication. This proposal must include:
- An outline describing the project’s format and time frame;
- A description of the target group, political relevance and predicted impact of the project;
- A budget plan and a list of possible partner institutions.
The proposal should not exceed 2 pages (2 cm margin, 1.5 cell spacing, 12pt Times New Roman font). If the fellowship project described under e) is of a practical nature and already contains a public outreach component, it is not necessary to attach a second proposal.
g) A time line of the proposed project;
h) Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
See the selection criteria .
The deadline for 2017/18 fellowship applications is April 3, 2017. The fellowship begins on September 4, 2017. Please send your completed applications by email to the Program Coordinator, Ms. Çiğdem Tongal (see below for contact details). All applicants will receive a notice of receipt by email. Applicants are responsible for submitting complete applications. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For full details, please see the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program guidelines at: http://ipc.sabanciuniv.edu/en /about_fellowship/.
For further questions, please contact:
Çiğdem Tongal, Mercator-IPC Fellowship Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +90 (0) 212 292 49 39 ext. 1418 or
Gülcihan Çiğdem Okan, Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program Officer Email: email@example.com Tel: +90 (0) 212 292 49 39 ext. 1433
Check the official web-site.