Financement doctoral, postdoc et de terrain, du programme « Trajectories of change » (fondation Zeit)

Le « focus 2016 » est « Contestation Past and Present – Institutions, Processes and Orders » et la date limite de candidature, le 12 mai.

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Political and social transformations are currently reshaping the European neighbourhood. Numerous countries in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East as well as Central Asia are experiencing increasing social conflicts and economic problems. In recent years, mass protests have challenged the non-democratic regimes and revealed their inability to fulfil the promise of stability. Tensions between democratization efforts and the persistence of authoritarianism generally polarize societies, deepen the economic crisis and frequently result in on-going violence accompanied by significant flows of refugees and migrants. The long-term objectives of both the Arab Spring and the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine – democracy, human rights and prosperity – appear today more distant than ever.

In light of this political and social context, issues of regime change and the transformation of the political systems are of great interest to public debate. For researchers specialized in these regions both the events of the last years and the very recent developments represent an important opportunity to formulate new research questions and redefine areas of the social science inquiry. With its scholarship programme “Trajectories of Change”, the ZEIT-Stiftung seeks to address historical and current transformation processes at Europe’s margins, each year focusing on a different topic.


The programme offers flexible funding schemes for Ph.D. students at various stages of their dissertation research as well as for graduate students in the phase of Ph.D. project development :

Ph.D. Scholarships

  • for Ph.D. students already enrolled in a Ph.D. programme at their university
  • duration : up to three years
  • monthly living stipend of 1,200 Euros
  • additional funds for participation in academic conferences and for fieldwork expenses
  • participation in yearly conferences and field trips

Dissertation Completion Scholarships

  • for Ph.D. students in the final stage of their dissertation research
  • duration : one year
  • monthly living stipend of 1,200 Euros
  • additional funds for participation in academic conferences

Pre-Doctoral Research Grants

  • for advanced graduate students
  • a single grant of max. 5,000 Euros supporting the dissertation project development, including small scale preliminary research and funds for participation in academic conferences (no living expenses)
  • participation in two dissertation proposal development workshops

Fieldwork Grants

  • for Ph.D. students already enrolled in a Ph.D. programme at their university and partly funded by other institutions
  • a single grant of max. 3,000 Euros supporting travel costs and research expenses during the fieldwork
  • participation in yearly conferences and field trips

Advisory board

  • Dr. Holger Albrecht, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Dr. Muriel Asseburg, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin, Germany
  • Prof. Peter Burnell, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Aurel Croissant, Universität Heidelberg, Germany
  • Dr. Sonja Hegasy, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, Germany
  • Ivan Krastev, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Prof. Marie Mendras, Sciences Po / Centre d’études et de recherches internationales, Paris, France
  • Mykola Riabchuk, Institute of Political and Nationalities’ Studies, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Prof. Frithjof Benjamin Schenk, Universität Basel, Switzerland
  • Prof. Oliver Schlumberger, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany