The Mercator – IPC Fellowship Program is the corner stone of the Istanbul Policy Center – Sabancı University – Stiftung Mercator Initiative. The program aims to strengthen the academic, political and social ties between Turkey and Germany, as well as Turkey and Europe by facilitating excellent scientific research and hands-on policy work. It is based on the belief that in an increasingly globalized world, the acquisition of knowledge and an exchange of ideas and people are the preconditions for meeting the challenges of the 21st century.
The Mercator – IPC Fellowship Program allows international scholars and civil society activists especially but not exclusively from Germany to work on academic and practical projects at Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) in three thematic areas:
There are two types of positions available:
Mercator – IPC Fellowships are granted to young scholars and professionals. Candidates are chosen by an international jury. A Master’s degree (or equivalent) is required for this position, but a PhD degree is strongly preferred. Applicants without a PhD degree will only be accepted 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 members of civil society who have already made a significant contribution to German-Turkish or European-Turkish relations. Candidates are chosen by the partners of the Istanbul Policy Center – Sabancı University – Stiftung Mercator Initiative.
The 2013/14 fellowship application period is completed.