SCRIPTS is a Cluster of Excellence funded by the German Research Foundation – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) over a time span of seven years. In addition to Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), five other Berlin-based research institutions are participating in SCRIPTS: the Centre for East European and International Studies, the German Institute for Economic Research, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, the Hertie School, and the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient. Furthermore, SCRIPTS launches several projects aiming at mutual exchange of knowledge in cooperation with institutions such as the Humboldt Forum and the German Federal Foreign Office (AA).
Funding Your Research
Scripps Research encourages graduate students and postdocs, under the guidance of their advisors, to apply for pre-and postdoctoral fellowships. Convincingly articulating a research proposal is a valuable experience, and securing outside funding can lead to greater research independence, security, and increased competitiveness in the job market. Be aware your benefits may change if you obtain your own fellowship award.
If you obtain your own fellowship award (e.g., an NRSA F32 grant or American Heart Association fellowship), some of the institutional benefits for which you may have been previously eligible, such as retirement vesting or whether you would be paid during leave, may change based on funding and/or plan specifications. It is important to weigh the long-term positive career implications associated with obtaining your own fellowship with any short-term impact on your Scripps Research benefits. We encourage you to contact your fellowship administrator and/or read your fellowship contract carefully and plan accordingly for any changes.
For more information about how your benefits may change upon receipt of a fellowship award, contact the Scripps Research Benefits Office by email or at (858) 784-8487.
For further information regarding the overall concept of SCRIPTS, you can visit and download the summary.
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The research training fellowship program is meant as a visiting fellowship and addressed to early career researchers. Interested applicants must already be enrolled in a Ph.D. program from an academic institution in the Global South and their enrolment must be valid throughout the fellowship. Ideally, the fellowship at SCRIPTS should take place during the main part of the doctoral program, neither at the very beginning nor at the end of it. The aim of the training fellowship is to improve the theoretical and methodological capacities (methods courses and counseling) of the fellows. The program offers mentorship, a tailored course program, and intellectual engagements with peers.
The duration of the fellowship is a maximum of 12 months, paid at monthly rates of €1500 (travel and relocation expenses included).
To apply, you must submit the following documents:
Motivation letter explaining the fit with SCRIPTS
1-page explaining why SCRIPTS would be the optimal place to receive training, including a suggestion of how you would fit with the cluster’s agenda and who could mentor your project
1-page statement about what kind of training you need and how you intend to get it within SCRIPTS
3-page outline of your PhD thesis
SCRIPTS is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply.
Deadline for Applications: All applicants are required to apply until November 15, 2021. Successful candidates will be informed in mid-December 2022. Please submit your application sending all the required documents to the email address: [email protected]
More information about SCRIPTS and the fellowship is in the attached PDF.
For further questions please contact Dr. Isabel Winnwa, [email protected]
Opening Date: 15th September 2021
Closing Date: 15th November 2021