Mercator - Istanbul Policy Center Fellowship Program 2019/20, Turkey

Publish Date: Jan 22, 2019

Deadline: Mar 31, 2019

The Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program is part of the Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative. The program aims to strengthen academic, political, and social ties between Turkey and Germany, as well as between Turkey and Europe, by facilitating excellent scientific research and hands-on policy work. It is based on the premise that the acquisition of knowledge and the exchange of people and ideas are preconditions for meeting the challenges of a globalized world.

The Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program allows international scholars, journalists, professionals, and civil society activists predominantly, but not exclusively, from Germany to work on academic and practical projects at Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) in two thematic areas:

EU/German-Turkish relations

Climate change


In the 2019/20 round, Mercator-IPC Fellowships will be available for outstanding young academics, journalists, and professionals who have significant prior work experience. The fellows will be expected to work on academic and/or practical projects at IPC. 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 according to the jury’s satisfaction. Projects focusing on the GermanTurkish nexus are likewise preferred. Applicants cannot apply for fellowships to fund their PhD dissertations. Fellowships are available for a period of six to twelve months and are predominantly, but not exclusively, granted to applicants from Germany and/or with a strong connection to German society. Unless the fellows are required to travel to complete their individual projects, they are encouraged to be physically present in Istanbul. Project proposals can be of an academic or practical nature. However, in order to ensure the socio-political impact of fellowship work, applicants should also include a proposal for an outreach strategy, putting a focus on how the project results will be presented and discussed with policy makers, stakeholders, media, and/ or the general public. Please note that a Coordination Team will be assisting you in the process of realizing your outreach strategy in terms of logistics and capacity.


Mercator-IPC Fellows will be selected by an international jury consisting of leading experts in the two thematic areas. In choosing applicants, the jury will place particular emphasis on the following criteria: 

• Academic and professional merit based on the applicant’s publications and work experience;

• Academic and political relevance of the applicant’s project to one of the two thematic areas;

• General impact of the project on EU-Turkish and especially German-Turkish relations;

• Applicant’s connection to German society;

• Coherence and feasibility of the applicant’s project;

• Value of the project’s public outreach dimension;

• Applicant’s language skills. 

All applications must be submitted in the form of a single PDF document and must contain the following documents in English:

a) A cover letter;

b) A completed application form

c) A CV including a list of all academic publications;

d) Copies of relevant academic transcripts and/or diplomas (no translations needed);

e) A written proposal of the applicant’s project

f) A second written proposal for an outreach strategy focusing on how the project results will be presented and discussed with policy makers, stakeholders, media, and/or the general public

g) A timeline of the proposed project;

h) Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers


Mercator-IPC Fellows will receive a monthly net payment of up to 2,700 EUR and a travel allowance of up to 2,500 EUR net in total. Fellows may furthermore be entitled to additional allowances.

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