Call for Applications: ‘Trajectories of Change’ PhD Scholarships

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2016 Focus: Contestation Past and Present – Institutions, Processes and Orders

“Trajectories of Change” addresses historical and current transformation processes in the European neighbourhood. The programme offers stipends and fieldwork grants for Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences studying political and social change in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East as well as Central Asia.

For 2016, research applications dealing with historical and current contestation processes leading to political and social change are especially welcome.

Political and social change begins with contestation. Popular revolts, mass protests, challenges by intellectuals and social elites as well as other forms of mobilization dispute institutions. They have a broader impact on the existing political, social and economic orders. How do past and present contestation processes in the European neighbourhood evolve through time? Where do they historically root in? Who do support them? Which dynamics and patterns do they follow? What are their political, social and economic outcomes?

The programme seeks to support young researchers in social sciences and history in contributing novel insights into trajectories of change. It promotes both empirical research based on intensive fieldwork and projects centered on theoretical reflection. Innovative and challenging research questions as well as comparative approaches will be highly welcomed.


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
  • Dissertation Completion Scholarships
  • Pre-Doctoral Research Grants
  • Fieldwork Grants


Applicants must be Ph.D. students of social sciences or humanities. Prospective Ph.D. students can apply for Pre-Doctoral Research Grants. Deadline May 12, 2016 for a stipend starting in September/October 2016

Please apply online at with Ph.D. proposal and two references.

Download the Call for Applications here

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