2014 WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme for Early Career Scientists

Deadline: September 15, 2013

The WZB, in cooperation with the International Social Science Council (ISSC) invites applications for 2014 WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme for early career scientists from developing countries. The aim of the fellowship is to contribute to building a new generation of outstanding social scientists in developing countries who are willing and able to contribute to solving current global problems.

The Fellowship Programme will enable an outstanding early-career social scientist from a developing country to spend four to six months in the exciting and stimulating environment of an exceptional social science research organisation in the heart of Germany. The fellow is also invited to participate in the intellectual life at the WZB and will become a member of the network of early career scientists the ISSC is building with its World Social Science Fellows programme.

While in residence, the selected fellow is required to:

  • Conduct a public lecture or an academic seminar at the WZB
  • Write a report outlining a vision of his/her research field with relevance to developing countries in the 5 to 10 years to come
  • Write or contribute towards a paper that can be presented at the World Social Science Forum 2015, to take place from 13 to 16 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa.

On return to his/her home country, the fellow is 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.


  • Applications are invited from early-career scientists
  • Preferably a Post-Doctoral 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
  • Must be residing and working in a developing country to conduct research for up to six months at the WZB.

Application Requirements

The research project of the fellow should focus on global societal problems with particular relevance to developing country contexts. Moreover, it should be linked to both research conducted at the WZB and to the notion of “Transforming Global Relations for a Just World,” which is the topic of the ISSC’s World Social Science Forum 2015.

Candidates should present:

  • A letter of motivation including the preferred timing of the research stay at the WZB as well as an explanation of the difference the stay will make in their personal careers and in their home institutions (maximum 1 page).
  • A summary of their main research and teaching contributions, indicating how these relate to the research topics at the WZB. Candidates should also address the societal relevance of their research (maximum 1 page).
  • Two letters of recommendation from current or past senior colleagues.
  • A curriculum vitae, including information on education, publications, participation in research projects and networks, teaching experience, awards and prizes received and other pertinent experiences.
  • An indication of the candidate’s English language proficiency.

All information should be submitted electronically, preferably in one PDF document, to: [email protected].

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