Programme Description

The research programme addresses academics of all disciplines in the humanities or social sciences who focus on security-related issues, the fading role of the state and the gradual elimination of borders since the end of the Cold War. The programme is intended to encourage junior academics to pursue unconventional research agendas that are nonetheless crucial, while providing senior academics with the opportunity to focus intensively on work in progress for a limited period of time. The objective is to combine basic theoretical research with concepts that are applicable to present-day political issues of security policy.

Funding includes grants for research scholarships and research projects. Doctoral scholarships are only granted in connection with a research project. Post-doctoral scientists receive a scholarship base amount of 2,300 EUR each month, the grant for scientists with a post-doctoral lecturer qualification is worth 3,100 EUR. There are additional benefits, such as allowances for accompanying children or for living abroad, if necessary. Please note that income from employment and scholarship income are mutually exclusive. The funding covers a period of 1 to 24 months.

Target Group

Academics from the humanities and social sciences holding a doctorate or a post-doctoral lecturer qualification who address security-related issues. The research projects should be closely related to one or more of the fields of research.

There are five key research areas:
  • challenges of new technologies
  • public administration and human security
  • patterns of conflict resolution between the state and traditional actors
  • non-governmental actors as partners for and competitors of the state
  • security and communication strategies between doctrine formation and implementation

Academic Requirements

doctorate or post-doctoral lecturer qualification in the humanities or social sciences

Number of Scholarships

18.2% of the applicants are awarded scholarships.


maximum of 2 years with the option to extend the funding, if the academic becomes a parent during the allowance period and is therefore entitled to maternity and/or parental leave

Scholarship Value

  • scholarship base amount per month: 2,300 EUR for post-doctoral researchers and 3,100 EUR for researchers with a post-doctoral lecturer qualification
  • standard foreign residence allowance per month: 575 EUR for post-doctoral researchers and 775 EUR for researchers with a post-doctoral lecturer qualification
  • travel allowance: as required
  • material costs: as required
  • printing costs: as required
  • family allowance, if applicable: 400 EUR for academics with 1 child and +100 EUR for each additional child

Income from employment and scholarship income are mutually exclusive.

Application Papers

Please find the application forms and further information on the application procedure here.

Application Deadline

The deadline for application is 29 November 2021.

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