The cooperation project “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer” (FFVT) aims to strengthen interdisciplinary forced migration and refugee research in Germany. To this end, the project brings together research and knowledge transfer on forced migration and refugee issues with migration, development, conflict and violence, climate change, health, governance, human rights and other fields of study. FFVT is jointly run by the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN, University of Erlangen Nuremberg), the German Development Institute (DIE, Bonn) and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS, University of Osnabrück) and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). To promote international networking in the field, FFVT offers a global fellowship programme.
FFVT fellowships are granted to researchers or academics from abroad or with a refugee background working in the field of forced migration and refugee studies to support guest stays at (mainly) one of the collaborative partners of FFVT. The fellowships serve to carry out and/or further develop a research or knowledge transfer project of the fellows' own choice in cooperation with their hosts. The collaborative partners provide the necessary infrastructure on site and support the fellows during their stay.
The FFVT Fellowship Programme offers participants an interdisciplinary research environment with concrete exchange and networking opportunities at renowned institutions, the opportunity to (further) develop, discuss and implement research and/or knowledge transfer ideas, involvement in FFVT events (including workshops, discussions, summer schools), longer-term integration into the FFVT network, possible cooperation on joint proposals, and possible cooperation on joint publications.
Topics may include but are not limited to: Im/mobilities, global standards of refugee protection, post-colonial perspectives, data production, refugee voices, biases and distortions in refugee and forced migration research, research ethics, categorisations, global governance and externalisation, climate change and flight, effects and after-effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Designated fellows are researchers or academics working in scientific or transfer-oriented institutions, or self-motivated in the field of forced migration and refugee research at different stages of their career: senior researchers, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral students / junior researchers.
Fellowships are provided for stays of 2–6 months between October 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022. Depending on mobility restrictions due to the Covid19 pandemic, especially in 2021 solutions can be discussed for an initial part of the fellowship to be completed in a ‘virtual’/online format.
Fellowship allowances include a monthly scholarship (1.550€/2.050€/3.000€ per month depending on experience level) and travel costs (1 international return travel, national travel costs).
Applicants choose the FFVT institute they consider best fitting to their area of interest (up to 2 priorities can be specified).
Applicants should explain how they will contribute to FFVT's goals with their own research and/or knowledge transfer activities or how they can contribute to the research and/or knowledge transfer priorities of the collaborative institutes and develop these further during their stay. Certain formats such as lectures, contributions to teaching, joint development of proposals can be listed as possible products.
In particular, we invite applications that are relevant for refugee and forced migration studies also beyond the applicant’s immediate project, address fundamental questions in their research projects, proceed reflexively and demonstrate innovative approaches.
Applications in English should be sent as a single PDF file to email@example.com. This is a rolling call (without deadline). Successful applicants of the first round will be informed in early August 2021.
- A letter of motivation covering a short description of the current project, the desired time period (+ one alternative period) and the chosen FFVT institute(s) (up to two priorities), including reasons for the choice, and contact details (2–4 pages).
- A draft of the project that is to be developed/carried out during the stay including how this project fits into the FFVT-framework and a schedule (4-6 pages including bibliography)
- An academic CV including a list of relevant key publications
General questions on FFVT-fellowships can be addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Host institute-specific questions can be addressed to
- CHREN: Lorenz Wiese, email@example.com
- BICC: Conrad Schetter, firstname.lastname@example.org
- DIE: Merlin Flaig, email@example.com
- IMIS: Marcel Berlinghoff, firstname.lastname@example.org
Data Protection Disclaimer
The personal data submitted during the application process will be stored for the purpose of awarding the fellowship in accordance with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR) and deleted at the latest six months after the end of the selection process. Personal data collected, stored and processed include name, address, professional-biographical data (CV, certificates). Only the project staff responsible for selecting the fellows at the four project institutions (BICC, CHREN, DIE, IMIS) have access to the confidential data. The data will not be passed on to third parties. In the event of selection and acceptance of the fellowship, the necessary data will be used for the administrative implementation of the fellowship and subsequently deleted. Applicants have all rights provided in Art. 13 EU-GDPR including the right to request from the controller access to and rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing concerning the data subject or to object to processing as well as the right to data portability. Therefore applicants may contact email@example.com. Responsibilities are shared according to Art. 26 GDPR (Joint Controller). The data protection officer responsible can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.