Crossroads Asia Fellowship Program in Germany

Deadline: 15 October 2013
Open to: researchers from all over the world
Fellowship: accommodation, travel costs and monthly stipend


The Competence Network Crossroads Asia: Conflict-Migration-Development is inviting applications for international fellowship at one or several of the network’s institutions i.e. Freie University Berlin, Humboldt University, Ludwig Maximilians University München, University Bonn, University Köln, University Tübingen and Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin in Germany. The research projects take as point of departure Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Nepal, India and China.

The aim of the fellowships is to reach out to colleagues who share the same interest of the organizers  in debating conventional area studies approaches based on the concepts of mobility and spatiality through a figurational perspective of social interaction processes and long-term change. This approach calls for new ways of advancing our knowledge: One, the organizers intend to further our understanding of local societies and social interaction processes in three thematic areas, i.e. conflict, migration, and development (thematic concept papers can be found on our website). Second, the organizers seek a dialogue beyond area studies and are eager to exchange with representatives from all social science disciplines, especially sociology, anthropology, law, economics, linguistics, and political sciences. Third, the organizers are interested in a methodological debate on how to possibly adopt our tools of gaining knowledge to the proposed post-Area Studies perspective.

The permanent network members are interacting in and across three thematic areas: conflict, migration and development. Potential visiting fellows are expected to propose an innovative research topic which can be linked to any of the working groups, the overall objectives of the Competence Network and the objectives detailed in the previous paragraph. The organizers are especially interested in research which either interlinks with different existing projects or takes on a new topic relevant to Crossroads Asia, which is not yet covered by any of the ongoing projects. It is expected that the produced research during the fellowship will form the basis of one working paper, to be published in the Crossroads Asia Working Paper Series towards the end of the fellowship.

Selected visiting fellows join one or several of the network’s institutions for a period of two to six months. The choice of the institution should be guided by the fellow’s interest in the particular project or expertise of any of the network members involved in a certain institute.


The potential fellow should be willing to actively engage in the ongoing discussions, events and working group meetings of the Competence Network. The results of the research conducted during the period of the fellowship should lead to the publication of at least one Crossroads Asia Working Paper. Furthermore, presentations should be given at different participating institutions of the Crossroads Asia Network. Please see the selection criteria  HERE.


The fellows will receive a monthly stipend according to their academic background which covers living expenditures in Germany, a return ticket from the country of origin to Germany as well as a small travel stipend to visit the network member institutes during the fellowship.


Applications can be submitted any time before October 15, 2013. Full application consisting of a research proposal (2-4 pages) and a CV should be submitted to the Scientific Coordinator of the Competence Network, Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge via Please send your application additionally to the coordination office via
The proposal should specify a precise research package conducted during the fellowship which links the fellows former research with Crossroads Asia research interests. It thus should not merely form part of already ongoing research, but identify a clear research interest at the intersection with the Crossroads themes, later to be published in the Crossroads Asia Working Paper Series. Specifically, the proposal should include the following components:

  • Relevance of the proposed topic for the Crossroads Asia research agenda;
  • Scientific and societal objectives of proposed research;
  • Outline of planned publication;
  • Detailed plan of work;
  • Information on preferred stay, visiting other network institutes.

For further information please visit the official website HERE or you can see the official call HERE.

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