“Trajectories of Change” addresses historical and current transformation processes in the European neighbourhood. The programme offers stipends and fieldwork grants for Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences studying political and social change in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East as well as Central Asia.

Political and social transformations are currently reshaping the European neighbourhood. Numerous countries in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East as well as Central Asia are experiencing increasing social conflicts and economic problems.

In recent years, mass protests have challenged the non-democratic regimes and revealed their inability to fulfil the promise of stability. Tensions between democratization efforts and the persistence of authoritarianism generally polarize societies, deepen the economic crisis and frequently result in on-going violence accompanied by significant flows of refugees and migrants. The long-term objectives of both the Arab Spring and the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine – democracy, human rights and prosperity – appear today more distant than ever.

In light of this political and social context, issues of regime change and the transformation of the political systems are of great interest to public debate. For researchers specialized in these regions both the events of the last years and the very recent developments represent an important opportunity to formulate new research questions and redefine areas of the social science inquiry. With its scholarship programme “Trajectories of Change”, the ZEIT-Stiftung seeks to address historical and current transformation processes at Europe’s margins, each year focusing on a different topic.

A monthly stipend of 1,200 Euros can be granted for up to three years. Additional funding for fieldwork and conference participation is available under the scheme. There are also grants available to master students who are about to complete their degree and are in the process of setting up a doctoral research project.

Further information: www.trajectories-of-change.de.

The ZEIT-Stiftung is offering the scholarship programme 'Trajectories of Change' in collaboration with the Claussen-Simon-Foundation.

Dr. Anna Hofmann
ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius
Feldbrunnenstraße 56
20148 Hamburg
040 41336785
040 41336740
E-Mail: hofmann@zeit-stiftung.de