Transatlantic Post-Doctoral Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR)

The application period for 2016 fellows is now open.
The application deadline is Monday, February 1, 2016.

The Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) is open to candidates who have recently received their doctorate in social and political sciences or economics and whose research focuses on topics of international relations and/or international peace and security issues. Fellowships are granted for a duration of 24 months to prepare fellows for a career in policy-oriented and international research at renowned think tanks and political consulting research institutes. Fellows spend three eight-month stays at research institutions or think tanks participating in the program—at least one on the Eastern, and one on the Western side of the Atlantic.

In addition to the RAND Corporation, participating institutes include: Center for Security Studies (CSS), Zurich; Chatham House, London; Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Helsinki; German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Washington, D.C., Berlin, Paris; Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), Paris; Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS), Oslo; Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Warsaw; RAND Corporation (RAND), Washington, D.C.; SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations (SAIS), Washington, D.C.; United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, D.C.; and German Institute for International and Security Affairs/Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin AND Brussels.

Fellows will be supervised by a researcher at each host institute, while being integrated into the relevant research units or projects. Fellows will have the opportunity to work on issues of major and immediate political significance, and to publish their work in journals or paper series that will be read by decision-makers at national and international levels. The fellowship aims to involve participants actively in the work and research of leading international think tanks. It is not intended to primarily fund the completion of major individual publications or of academic peer-reviewed journal articles.

The fellowship consists of

  • a monthly stipend of Euro 1.800,00
  • a monthly allowance for health insurance of Euro 200,00
  • and a one-time travel allowance of Euro 3.500,00 for travel to and from the host institutions

Fees for residence permits are not included.


To be eligible for the Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship, candidates must have successfully defended their Ph.D. by the start of the program (October 1, 2016). Candidates must have a strong interest in working in a policy-oriented international environment and must demonstrate their ability to do so by previous international academic experience.

Applicants must either be citizens of the U.S., Canada or Europe (in a broader geographical definition) OR must have resided in the U.S., Canada or Europe at least for two-and-a-half years in the five years prior to the application deadline.

TAPIR fellows selected commit to carrying out all research activities in compliance with the fundamental ethical principles of the European Commission (Decision No 1982/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006, Art. 6(§1)).

Application Procedure

Applications should contain:

  • A 2500 word research statement (excluding footnotes) that outlines the key policy question the candidate would like to focus on during the program and their relationship with the candidate's past academic work (research proposal). This does not have to be limited to transatlantic issues.
  • A concise Curriculum Vitae with a list of principal publications (max. four pages in total). Please state your citizenship if you are U.S., Canadian or European citizen OR details about your residency there (see above).
  • Two letters of recommendation (attached to your application or separately sent by your referees)

All files, including letters of recommendation, should be sent in English language and in PDF format to by Monday, February 1, 2016 (00.00 h MEZ). Incomplete, faulty, or late applications will not be considered. Successful candidates will be informed by May, 2016 and will start their fellowship on October 1, 2016.


The program is funded by Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and the participating institutes. Moreover TAPIR is co-funded by the Marie Curie Action COFUND within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union.


Up to seven Fellowships will be awarded in 2016. Fellows will be selected by a jury composed of members of the participating institutes. Selection criteria are the academic excellence of the candidate, policy consultancy experiences and the quality of the research statement.

The decision of the jury is final and no appeal is possible. All candidates are informed of the outcome of their applications by e-mail.

For further information, please check TAPIR's website at or contact:

Marion Calistri
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
TAPIR and Third Party Funding Coordination
Ludwigkirchplatz 3-4
10719 Berlin

Phone: +49 (0)30 88007-489
Fax: +49 (0)30 88007-5106 / -100

For questions about RAND's participation in the program, please contact:

Christopher Chivvis
1200 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202