Transatlantic Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline: 27 February 2017
Open to: citizens of the U.S., Canada or Europe
Scholarship: monthly stipend, allowance for health insurance and one time travel allowance


The Transatlantic Postdoctoral Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) is open for doctoral students of the U.S., Canada or Europe. Fellowships research focuses on topics of international relations and international peace and security issues. Fellows will be supervised by a researcher at each host institute while being integrated into the relevant research units or projects.

Fellows will have the opportunity to work on issues of major and immediate political significance and to publish their work in journals or paper series that will be read by decision-makers worldwide. The fellowship aims to involve fellows actively in the work and research of leading international think tanks. It is not intended to primarily fund the completion of major individual publications or academic peer-reviewed journal articles.


  • To be eligible for the Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship, candidates must have successfully defended their PhD by the start of the program (October 1, 2017);
  • Candidates must have a strong interest in working in a policy-oriented international environment and must demonstrate their ability to do so by excellence in academic work on relevant international issues;
  • Applicants must either be citizens of the U.S., Canada or Europe (in a broader geographical definition) OR must have resided in the U.S., Canada or Europe at least for two-and-a-half years in the five years before the application deadline.


The fellowship consists of:

  • A monthly stipend of Euro 1.800,00;
  • A monthly allowance for health insurance of Euro 200,00;
  • And a one-time travel allowance of Euro 3.500,00 for travel to and from the host institutions.

How to Apply?

Applications should contain:

  • A 2500 word (maximum) research statement (excluding footnotes) that outlines a proposal for a project that would offer policy-relevant insights into a key international policy question using a clear analytical framework. The statement should also touch on the relationship with the candidate’s past academic work (research proposal). This does not have to be limited to transatlantic issues;
  • A letter of motivation, maximum 1 page / 400 words;
  • A concise Curriculum Vitae with a list of principal publications (max. four pages in total). Please state your citizenship if you are U.S., Canadian or European citizen OR details about your residency there (see above);
  • Two letters of recommendation (attached to your application or separately sent by your referees).
    All files, including letters of recommendation, should be sent in English language and PDF format to

More information on the official website.

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