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

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 International Relations (CIR), Warsaw; Center for a New American Security (CNAS), Washington D.C.; Center for Security Studies (CSS), Zurich; Chatham House, London; European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), Paris; Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Helsinki; Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), Paris; Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS), Oslo; Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Warsaw; SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations (SAIS), Washington, D.C.; Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm and 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
  • a monthly allowance for health insurance of Euro 200
  • and a one-time travel allowance of Euro 3,500 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 should have successfully defended their Ph.D. by the start of the program. 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 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 for at least two-and-a-half years in the five years before the application deadline.

Application Procedure

Applications should contain:

  • a five-page research statement outlining the candidate's current and longer-term academic interests (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)
  • two letters of recommendation (attached to your application or separately sent by your referee)

All files, including letters of recommendation, should be sent as PDF files to by the application deadline in the Fall. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Successful candidates will be informed by the Spring.


Up to five Fellowships are awarded annually. Fellows will be selected by a jury composed of members of the participating institutes. Selection criteria are the academic excellence of the candidate 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 email.

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

Denise Rüttinger
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR)
Ludwigkirchplatz 3-4
10719 Berlin

Phone: +49 (0)30 88007-140
Fax: +49 (0)30 88007-5106 / -100
Email: tapir(at)

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

Christopher Chivvis
1200 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202