Six Fellowships for Scholars from Turkey for 24 months in Berlin or Essen to join the Academy in Exile. Application deadline: November 15, 2017

The Institute of Turkish Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI) invite scholars from or in Turkey to join the


with funding support from the Volkswagen Foundation. Eligible are scholars from all fields in the humanities, law, economics and social sciences who are at risk or in exile because of their academic work and/or civic engagement with human rights and the pursuit of academic freedom. The fellowships provide scholars with the opportunity to reestablish their scholarship in Germany and work on a research project of their own choosing in a multidisciplinary environment. Fellows will contribute to the research agenda and intellectual profile of the Academy in Exile generally.

The Academy in Exile provides a forum for a continued engagement with questions of religious and ethnic diversity, gender and sexuality, and civic engagement for peace, democracy, citizenship and human rights. With this first funding round for scholars from Turkey, this initiative intends to stimulate Turkish Studies and promote wider debate about authoritarian movements and threats to academic freedom.

Applicants should have a completed PhD and can be at any subsequent career stage. The selection of fellows will be based on both academic merit and risk assessment. Eligible are scholars at risk who are residing in Turkey or have been in exile for no more than three years.

With this first call for applications, the Academy in Exile will offer six two-year fellowships. Fellows of the Academy in Exile will be associated with one of two main host institutions—three fellows will be assigned to the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin and three to the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen. Fellows are expected to reside in Berlin or Essen respectively, to participate in the academic life of their host institutions, and to help shape the activities and program of the Academy in Exile. The working language of the Academy in Exile is English.

The two-year fellowships will begin between January 15 and March 15, 2018. Organizational support regarding visas, insurance, and housing will be provided. The monthly stipend amounts to 2,500 EUR plus a family allowance of 250 EUR.