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Contestation Past and Present:

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Institutions, Processes and Orders

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Call for Applications 2016

Ph.D. Scholarships in
Humanities and Social Sciences


“Trajectories of Change” addresses historical and current transformation processes in the European neighbourhood. The programme offers stipends and fieldwork grants for Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences studying political and social change in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East as well as Central Asia.


Analysing change

The Advisory Board Member, Professor Marie Mendras, about Europe and Russia:

Europe faces four major challenges today: massive waves of refugees, making conflict-resolution in Syria even more urgent; terrorist threats from Islamic State; Russian military presence and economic pressures on a still fragile Ukraine; and the rise of anti-EU, populist sentiments. The four issues are interrelated, as a key player in all of them is Russia.

Call 2016:

197 applications received

Contestation Past and Present – Institutions, Processes and Orders
This year, research applications dealing with historical and current contestation processes leading to political and social change are especially welcome.