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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) Fellowship 2025

Applications are invited from suitable qualified researchers to participate in The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) Global innovation fellowships for the 2024 edition.

The objective of the Global Innovation Fellowships is to provide opportunities to UK-based early- and mid-career researchers from across the humanities and social sciences to develop their skills, networks and careers in the creative and cultural, public, private and policy sectors to address challenges that require innovative approaches and solutions.

This is the second call for this programme, offering opportunities for Global Innovation Fellowship award holders to embed themselves and be based in the office of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin.


DGAP Fellowship Description

The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) is dedicated to shaping influential German and European foreign and security policies that uphold democracy, peace, and justice. It offers strategic counsel to political, economic, and societal leaders, drawing from its foreign policy studies, and prepares emerging talents through international leadership programs. DGAP engages in pragmatic research to devise actionable solutions for urgent foreign policy issues, aiming to navigate the complexities of a volatile global landscape.

The fellowship will enable the award holder to strengthen and create new links across policy and academia, enabling knowledge mobilisation and translation, and the opportunity to develop new approaches and solutions to policy challenges through providing a different perspective


Value of funding and support provided

Total Value

The British Academy is offering up to two 1-year fellowships hosted in DGAP’s office in Berlin. These are offered as awards for up to £150,000 for 12 months in duration (with Full Economic Costing at 80%).

Directly incurred salary costs

The award can be used to support the employing institution’s salary costs of the Applicant for the duration of the award

Relocation and Visa Costs

The Academy will pay for reasonable relocation costs including one return travel to Berlin before the commencement of work at DGAP, travel to commence the fellowship in Berlin and travel to return to the UK at the end of the fellowship. Any required visa costs will also be covered by the award.

Accommodation and top-up contribution.

The Academy will pay up to £2,000 per month for accommodation in Berlin and a top-up contribution of up to £500 per month for the award holder.


Duration and Start of the Fellowship

• Global Innovation Fellowships are expected to commence by September 2025. An earlier start date of March or April 2025 may be possible.

• Awards are expected to run for 1 year.

• The cost of relocation, visas and any associated costs for the applicant and their dependants are eligible under this programme.


Areas of Research and Scope of the fellowship

Applications are invited in any of the following areas:

  • Technology and International Affairs.

  • Global Order and Disorder

  • Eastern and South-eastern Europe.

  • Sustainability, Nature & Climate.

➢ Successful applicants would be expected to produce policy-relevant analysis for German decision-makers. They do not need an understanding of German politics, but they should be able to offer new approaches to typical foreign policy dilemmas in their chosen field and be ready to engage with policymakers and further stakeholders in Germany.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Early-career and mid-career researchers who are working on the themes outlined above who could contribute fresh perspectives to the specified challenges.

  • Applicants might have expertise from a range of disciplinary, conceptual and methodological perspectives, including analytical, policy and practical perspectives

  • Eligible applicants must be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom with a current long-term appointment that will continue for at least as long as the period of the award.

  • researcher based at an institution in the UK (e.g., a Higher Education Institution [HEI] or Independent Research Organisation [IRO]), from disciplines within the Humanities and Social Sciences that is listed as an approving-organisation in the British Academy’s grant management system, Flexi-Grant. This institution will be issued the Terms and Conditions of the award, if successful.

  • Postgraduate students are not eligible to apply for grant support from the Academy.

➢ To better Understand the fellowship and read all details about it Download the scheme guidance notes (PDF) or Visit this webpage.


Application Procedure

Before submitting your application online, carefully read the Scheme Guidance Notes (PDF) or visit this webpage for the web version.

➢ After reading all requirements and gathering your documents, you can submit your application online through the online application portal.

Application Deadline: 25 Sep 2024- 17:00 BST





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