DAAD-OSI Scholarship for Students in the Balkans and from Countries of the Former Soviet Union

Deadline: 31 October 2011
Open to: Armenia, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Serbia, Tajikistan and Ukraine
Scholarship: Participants will receive standard DAAD stipends, an allowance for travel to and from host institutions and, if required, a German language course (lasting up to 4 months).

Description

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Open Society Scholarship Programs sponsor a joint scholarship program for graduate students in the Balkans and graduate students and junior faculty in the Transcaucasian and Central Asian countries of the former Soviet Union. The DAAD-OSI Program is designed to improve the framework for teaching and research in humanities and social sciences in the region. At the same time, it promotes network-building among the participants and German academics as a basis for further international exchange activities.
Support Opportunities:

  • Selected one and two-year postgraduate MA programs for those candidates holding the equivalent of a bachelors degree (Aufbaustudiengänge).
  • Three-year dissertation fellowships for PhD (Promotion) candidates (requirement: completed MA).
  • Research fellowships (Studienaufenthälte) (excluding candidates from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia ) of six months over two consecutive years. These awards are aimed at junior faculty members holding a doctoral degree (kandidat nauk), who show a passion for developing new curriculum and lesson content, as well as forging links with German academics into the future. Candidates must already have proof of contact with a German academic who they wish to collaborate with during their research stay.

Academic Programs:
Awards are available to support MA, PhD and Faculty in the following broad fields:
Political Science, Sociology and the Social Sciences, International Relations, Law, Economics, European Studies, European Integration, Public Policy and Administration, Public Health, Educational Administration and Philosophy, Peace Studies/Conflict Resolution, International Development Studies and Global Political Economy.
Faculty and PhD candidates may choose any university in Germany where eligible disciplines are taught.

Selection Process:
In early 2012, preselected applicants will be invited to an interview held in their home country. The selection committee will comprise of two- three German university professors, one DAAD and one Open Society Foundations representative. In the case of applications for PhD scholarships, the final decision may be conferred to a selection committee in Bonn. The Test of German (DSH) will be administered by DAAD Lecturers.

Eligibility

  • Candidates from the following countries are eligible to apply:Armenia, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Serbia, Tajikistan and Ukraine.
  • Postgraduate MA programs for those candidates holding the equivalent of a bachelors degree.
  • Three-year dissertation fellowships for PhD (Promotion) candidates (requirement: completed MA).
  • Research fellowships: These awards are aimed at junior faculty members holding a doctoral degree (kandidat nauk), who show a passion for developing new curriculum and lesson content, as well as forging links with German academics into the future. Candidates must already have proof of contact with a German academic who they wish to collaborate with during their research stay.
  • A good knowledge of German is desirable. Funding for additional language training may be available in German only.

Scholarship

Participants will receive standard DAAD stipends, an allowance for travel to and from host institutions and, if required, a German language course (lasting up to 4 months). PhD students are entitled to a return trip to their home country after the second year.

Application

Applicants should apply on the standard DAAD application forms, submitting all necessary documents requested on page 5 of the DAAD Application Form (Antrag auf ein Forschungs-/Studienstipendium) along with two reference forms, available from German embassies and consulates, DAAD lecturers in country.

For more information on eligibility criteria and application details, please refer to the local DAAD-IC-Office contact in the first instance, or www.daad.de, following the links for your country.
General DAAD-OSI scholarships information can be obtained from:
Inga Pracute
DAAD-OSI Program Coordinator
[email protected]
or in German and Russian from the DAAD Central Office in Bonn:
Jana Merzouk
[email protected]

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