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Conflict Studies and Management Programme
at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt
Research Fellowships and
Scholarships for Doctoral and Master’s Students


The ‘Conflict Studies and Management Programme’ (CSMP) is a new programme implemented by
the ‘Willy Brandt School of Public Policy’ in Erfurt (Brandt School) and the ‘German Academic
Exchange Service’ (DAAD). It is addressed to Master’s students, doctoral students and senior
researchers with an interest in conflict management in research and practise.


The Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt is one of the leading public
policy schools in Germany. Since 2002 the School’s Master’s programme is committed to training
talented students for management and leadership positions mainly in the public sector.


In 2010 the Brandt School launched a new research programme in conflict studies and conflict
management focusing on (policy) issues relevant to regions of conflict. In winter semester 2010
fellows will start their research projects at the Brandt School and participate in developing the
programme. Also in winter semester 2010 the first Master and doctoral students will enrol. The
CSMP aims at preparing students who want to pursue a career in relevant organisations and seeks
to produce applicable knowledge in the area of conflict studies.


This special programme is intended for highly-qualified foreign Master’s and doctoral students as
well as senior scientists. The CSMP fellowships offer outstanding scientists and researchers the
opportunity to conduct research with a focus on application at the Willy Brandt School of Public
Policy in Erfurt, Germany. The fellows will have a teaching commitment at the Brandt School of
generally 2 hours per week. Furthermore, the CSMP scholarships offer excellent students the
opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree or a doctorate within a specialised structured research and
teaching programme.


CSMP Fellowships and scholarships are defined and awarded on a yearly basis. Each year, the
fellowship announcement will indicate the specific qualification requirements and regional focus.
The current offers are published under ‘CSMP - Current Offers’: Current Offer.

Current Offer for 2011


Focus in research and studies 2011/2012: topics and regions


In line with the special focus of a public policy school the research programme at the Brandt
School looks at conflict studies and conflict management with a special interest in how policymaking
and public policy as a research perspective (discipline) need to be re-thought in the context
of conflict studies and conflict management. Originally, the key concepts in the field were based on
the implicit assumption of strong institutions and stable political conditions. However, it is becoming
apparent that existing conceptions in public policy need to be revised to understand the special
conditions and challenges in regions of conflict. In particular, the important role of international
actors as policy-makers in regions of conflict, fragile states and war-torn countries will be
considered in the CSMP. Therefore, fellows with an interest and a background in international
public policy and global policy-making are especially invited to the Brandt School.


In addition, the CSMP cooperates closely with several chairs for religious studies at the University
of Erfurt. The University has a strong concentration in this area and researchers looking at the role
of religion or ─ in a wider sense ─ cultural factors, are welcome to pursue their research in the
CSMP.


Thus, research areas may include: Regional security (esp. developing frameworks for regional
security architectures), terrorism, governance, fragile states, peace- and institution building, global
policy making, cultural and religious aspects in conflict studies.


The current regional focus of the CSMP is on the Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia.


Applications are open to candidates from countries in the Middle East, Central Asia, South
Asia, South East Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Fellowship and Scholarship Types:

Type Target Group Goal Funding Duration
A Master Students Master’s Degree in
Germany
24 months (+6)
B Doctoral Students Doctorate in Germany 36 months (+6)
C Senior Scientists Research in Germany 6 to 24 months


Scholarships (Type A+B) are awarded for the normal duration of Master’s and PhD studies with an
additional German language course of generally 6 months before the begin of studies.


Fellowships (Type C) are awarded for the length of the research stay in Germany agreed between
Willy Brandt School as the host, DAAD as the fund-giver and the fellowship candidate.


All fellowships (A+B+C) will initially be awarded for a maximum of 12 months and can be extended
upon application.


Fellowship and Scholarship Value

Type Monthly Instalment

Possible Additional Payments

Type A 750 € e.g. flat-rate travel allowance, health insurance, family
allowances, tuition waiver, six-month German language
course
Type B 1000 € e.g. flat-rate travel allowance, health insurance, family
allowances, tuition waiver, six-month German language
course
Type C 1,8400 or 1,990 €,
in exceptions 2,240 €
e.g. flat-rate travel allowance, health insurance, family
allowances



Application Requirements


Type A: Master’s Students


At the time of their application, applicants for a CSMP Master’s scholarship must


1. have completed their studies with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (excellent or very good)
in one of the following areas: International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies/War
Studies, International Law, Area Studies, Political Sciences with concentrations in conflict
studies or conflict regions. Highly qualified applicants with different academic backgrounds
who demonstrate at least two years practical experience in the field are also eligible.


2. have excellent knowledge of English; please provide evidence of this by submission of
appropriate language certificates (e.g. TOEFL: 550/213/80); knowledge of German is
advantageous, but not required.


3. in general have completed their Bachelor’s degree in the last six years.


4. two years professional experience would be an asset.

5. Applicants cannot be considered if they have been in Germany for more than one year at the
time of application.


Application papers to be submitted include


· DAAD application form for research grants and study scholarships (please download here);
· Motivation Letter containing a precise description of the applicant’s academic / professional
and personal reasons for wishing to participate in the programme;
· Full Curriculum Vitae including information about precise field of study and, if applicable,
description of job experience;
· Recent language certificates giving evidence of the level of proficiency in English (TOEFL,
IELTS) and if applicable in German. Please make sure to register in time for the respective
tests. Fees for obtaining such certificates are considered as a personal career investment
and will not be reimbursed.
· Two letters of recommendation by university professors and/or current or former employers;
· Officially authenticated copies of all certificates.


Further information about the papers to be submitted is listed on the application form which can
also be obtained from the Internet (www.daad.de/en/form), from the diplomatic and consular
representations of the Federal Republic of Germany or from the local DAAD lecturers, Offices or
Information Centres.
T
he complete set of application papers must be submitted by 15 August 2010 to the usual
application address in your home country
(in most cases the local DAAD or diplomatic
representation).


Type B: PhD Students


At the time of their application, applicants for a CSMP PhD scholarship must


1. have completed their studies with a Master’s degree or equivalent (excellent or very good) in
one of the following areas: International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies/War Studies,
International Law, Area Studies or other relevant programmes with concentrations in conflict
studies or conflict regions. Highly qualified applicants with different academic backgrounds
who demonstrate at least two years practical experience in the field are also eligible.


2. have an excellent knowledge of English; please provide evidence of this through the
submission of appropriate language certificates (e.g. TOEFL: 550/213/80)7); a knowledge of
German is advantageous, but not required.


3. in general have completed their Master’s degree in the last six years.


4. 2 years professional and / or research experience would be an asset.


5. Applicants cannot be considered if they have been in Germany for more than one year at the
time of application.


Application papers
to be submitted include


· DAAD application form for research grants and study scholarships (please download here);


· Motivation Letter containing a precise description of the applicant’s academic / professional
and personal reasons for wishing to participate in the programme;


· A detailed and precise research proposal


· Full Curriculum Vitae including information about precise field of study and, if applicable,
description of job or research experience;


· Recent language certificates giving evidence of the level of proficiency in English (TOEFL,
IELTS) and if applicable in German. Please make sure to register in time for the respective
tests. Fees for obtaining such certificates are considered as a personal career investment
and will not be reimbursed.


· Two letters of recommendation by university professors and/or current or former employers;


· Authenticated copies of all certificates.


Further information about the papers to be submitted is listed on the application form which can
also be obtained from the Internet (www.daad.de/en/form), from the diplomatic and consular
representations of the Federal Republic of Germany or from the local DAAD lecturers, Offices or
Information Centres.
The complete set of application papers must be submitted by 15 August 2010 to the usual
application address in your home country
(in most cases the local DAAD or diplomatic
representation).


Type C: Research Fellows


Prospective fellows should agree with the Willy Brandt School on the duration and timing of their
stay in Erfurt. Preferred dates to commence are 1 April or 1 October.


Positions are open to highly qualified academics and scientists. At the time of their application,
applicants for a CSMP Fellowship must


1. be able to prove their research achievements in one or more of the following fields: political
and social sciences with a strong focus on conflict studies and conflict management; regional
security in Central Asia, South Asia or the Middle East; peacekeeping and peace building;
conflict prevention in general; conflict resolution, post-conflict reconstruction; evolving issues
of governance


2. hold at least a doctorate/ Ph.D.,


3. have proven research experience of at least 2 years in a relevant field and institution and be
currently working in institutions of higher education or at a research institute.


4. Non-academic professional experience in the field of conflict management would be an
asset.


5. Applicants cannot be considered if they have been in Germany for more than one year at the
time of application.


Applicants are expected to submit 3 complete sets of application including the DAAD application
form Research Stays and Study Visits for University Academics and Scientists, which can
be downloaded here
http://www.daad.de/imperia/md/content/de/deutschland/formulare/forschungsaufenthalt_va-
14.pdf


and the following accompanying documents:
1. Curriculum vitae,
2. list of publications,
3. a research proposal, including its relevance to the research interests at the Brandt School;
4. a concise description of relevant teaching and research experience,
5. 2 letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's academic and/or professional
competence;
6. A short writing sample pertinent to the application (no more than 50 pages; please do not
send books or lengthy manuscripts);
7. Copies of relevant correspondence with the Brandt School regarding the stay in Erfurt.

For the fellowships 2 sets of application are to be submitted to the DAAD application
address in the home country (usually the DAAD representation or the German diplomatic
representation).
A third set is to be sent directly to: Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt,
Nordhäuser Str. 63, D-99089 Erfurt, Germany
Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
Applications for fellowships can be submitted at any time, but they should be received at
the DAAD application address in the home country at least 6 months before the agreed day
of commencement. Applications for the summer term 2011 will be accepted until 1 October
2010, applications for the winter term 2011/2012 until 1 April 2011.