WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme: Call for applications 2018-2019

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2018-2019 WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship programme. The WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship programme enables an outstanding early-career social scientist residing and working in a low- or middle-income country to conduct research at WZB for up to six months.

Located in the heart of Berlin, the WZB Berlin Social Science Center is one of Europe’s largest non-university research institutes. The WZB conducts basic social science research with a focus on the problems of modern societies in a globalized world. Around 150 German and international researchers work at the WZB, including sociologists, political scientists, economists, legal scholars and historians. The WZB offers a modern working environment, where both equal opportunities and the compatibility of work and family are highly valued.

Through their Global Fellowship Programme, the WZB and the ISSC aim to contribute towards building a new generation of outstanding social scientists in low- or middle-income countries, who are willing and able to contribute to solving current global problems.


The WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme enables an outstanding early career social scientist (postdoctoral researcher with no more than 5 years’ work experience after their PhD, or scientists without a PhD but with an equivalent level of research experience and output) residing and working in a low- or middle-income country to conduct research for up to six months starting between 1 October 2018 and 1 March 2019 at the WZB. Besides allowing the fellow to focus entirely on a dedicated research project, he/she is invited to participate in the intellectual life at the WZB. The fellow will also become a member of the ISSC’s network of early career scientists. The research project of the fellow should focus on problems of modern societies in a globalized world with particular relevance to low- or middle-income country contexts. Moreover, it should be linked to research conducted at the WZB.

Both the WZB and the ISSC strongly encourage female researchers to apply.

Terms of the fellowship

While in residence, the chosen fellow will be required to:

On return to his/her country of residence, the fellow will be expected to share his/her knowledge with the scientific community there, as well as to contribute to the further development of the local science and education system. This could be achieved, for instance, through teaching Master’s or PhD level courses (where appropriate), based on the research done at the WZB.

In addition, the fellow will be encouraged to keep the WZB and ISSC informed of any publications that result from the research stay in Berlin. The above outcomes will be profiled by the WZB and the ISSC, for example on their websites.

Download more information on the grant conditions and how to apply.

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2018. We will endeavor to inform applicants on the outcome of their application 6-8 weeks after this deadline.