The Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program

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Call for Applications: 2017/18 round of the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program

The Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative invites academics, journalists, and professionals to apply for the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program. The applications for the 2017/18 fellowship is closed. The fellowship begins on September 4, 2017.

Application Documents
2017/18 Call for ApplicationsApplication FormProgram Guidelines | Brochure

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.