Asia:Competence Network Crossroads Asia providing Research Fellowships

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The Competence Network Crossroads Asia:
Conflict-Migration-Development invites applications for  fellowships of researchers from all over the world. Our individual research projects take as point of  departure Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Nepal, India and China.
The Competence Network Crossroads Asia annually provides research fellowships for academics. Ideally  the visiting fellow should feel obliged to the core concept of Crossroads Asia and carry out research on a relevant topic of the competence network, which is not yet covered by ongoing projects.  Applications for the year 2014 should be sent to Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge (
until October 15, 2013.
The aim of the fellowships is to reach out to colleagues who share our interest in debating conventional  area studies approaches based on the concepts of mobility and spatiality through a figurational  perspective of social interaction processes and long-term change. This approach calls for new ways of advancing our knowledge: One, we intend to further our understanding of local societies and social
interaction processes in three thematic areas, i.e. conflict, migration, and development (thematic concept papers can be found on our website). Second, we seek a dialogue beyond area studies and are eager to exchange with representatives from all social science disciplines, especially sociology, anthropology, law, economics, linguistics, and political sciences. Third, we are interested in a
methodological debate on how to possibly adopt our tools of gaining knowledge to the proposed postArea Studies perspective.
The permanent network members are interacting in and across three thematic areas: conflict, migration  and development. Potential visiting fellows are expected to propose an innovative research topic which  can be linked to any of the working groups, the overall objectives of the Competence Network and the objectives detailed in the previous paragraph. We are especially interested in research which either  interlinks with different existing projects or takes on a new topic relevant to Crossroads Asia, which is  not yet covered by any of the ongoing projects. It is expected that the produced research during the fellowship will form the basis of one working paper, to be published in the Crossroads Asia Working Paper Series towards the end of the fellowship.

Duration and Location of Visiting Fellowships:
Selected visiting fellows join one or several of the network’s institutions (i.e. Freie Universität Berlin,  Humboldt Universität, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Universität Bonn, Universität Köln, Universität Tübingen and Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin) for a period of two to six months. The  choice of the institution should be guided by the fellow’s interest in the particular project or expertise of any of the network members involved in a certain institute.

Eligibility Criteria:
The potential fellow should be willing to actively engage in the ongoing discussions, events and working group meetings of the Competence Network. The results of the research conducted during the period of the fellowship should lead to the publication of at least one Crossroads Asia Working Paper. Furthermore, presentations should be given at different participating institutions of the Crossroads Asia network. Please see the selection criteria here

Application procedure:
Applications can be submitted any time before October 15, 2013. It is advisable to contact the network  member the applicant feels he or she wants to work with. After consultation a full application consisting of a research proposal (2-4 pages) and a CV should be submitted to the Scientific Coordinator of the Competence Network, Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge via Please send your application additionally to the coordination office via
The proposal should specify a precise research package conducted during the fellowship which links the  fellows former research with Crossroads Asia research interests. It thus should not merely form part of  already ongoing research, but identify a clear research interest at the intersection with the Crossroads  themes, later to be published in the Crossroads Asia Working Paper Series. Specifically, the proposal should include the following components:
• Relevance of the proposed topic for the Crossroads Asia research agenda
• Scientific and societal objectives of proposed research
• Outline of planned publication
• Detailed plan of work
• Information on preferred stay, visiting other network institutes
For further information please contact our homepage ( A conceptual paper
detailing the objectives of each working group can be found under each working group page.

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