Deadline: 31 July 2018
Open to: students who are already enrolled in a PhD programme at their university
Scholarship: 1200 EUR/month


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

Europe’s neighborhood has experienced armed conflict, political transition and authoritarian restoration along with profound social and economic change. These transformation processes with deep historical roots have usually resulted from an interplay of domestic and transnational actors and factors. In order to reveal their complexity, a view through a transnational and regional lens can be rewarding: Which interdependence – past and present – are constitutive for the neighboring regions of the European Union? How can we study transnational influences and effects on change in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the MENA region? How to distinguish and take into account factors of change across national borders and social boundaries? To which extent do these factors shape political, social and economic realities in these regions?

The scholarship programme “Trajectories of Change” addresses historical and current transformation processes in the European neighborhood. It offers stipends and fieldwork grants for Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences. For 2018, research applications dealing with transnational and regional dynamics of transformation are especially welcome.


In order to be eligible for a PhD scholarship:

  • The applicant must have obtained a university degree that qualifies him or her for PhD studies;
  • Proof of this qualification must be submitted together with the application;
  • Students applying for the pre-doctoral grants should expect to complete their degree in the same year.

The program is aimed exclusively at graduates who in the course of their studies have shown above-average academic aptitude and whose research project promises to yield independent and new findings. The Foundation reserves the right to admit qualified applicants who have other sources of income to the program without granting them a full scholarship to cover their living costs.


  • A monthly living stipend of 1,200 EUR;
  • Additional funds for participation in academic conferences and for fieldwork expenses;
  • Participation in yearly conferences and field trips.


In order to apply please read Terms of Reference.

Please prepare:

  •  application form;
  • a research proposal (max. 7 pages for doctoral students and 3-5 pages for pre-doctoral candidates, references excluded);
  • a research plan with time schedule (max. 2 pages);
  • a CV;
  • a copy of your university degree;
  • as well as a photo.

You can upload all documents at the end of the online application form.

Two letters of reference by university professors should be submitted in the electronic form.

For more information please visit the official website.








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