Junior scholars from both sides of the Atlantic can gain experience at internationally renowned institutes and think tanks within the framework of the "Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR)".

The 13 participating partner institutes – in addition to the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin, these include the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI) in Paris, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), RAND Corporation, the SIAS/Center for Transatlantic Relations and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C., Chatham House in London, the Center for International Relations (CIR) in Warsaw, the Center for Security Studies (CSS)/ETH Zurich, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) in Helsinki, the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS) in Oslo and the Institute for Strategic and International Studies (IEEI) in Lisbon –  jointly select five fellows each year from an international pool of applications by researchers in the fields of political science and economics who have received their doctoral degree. These scholars apply for a research project which they are work on for two years in respective eight-month periods at three of the participating institutes in collaboration with researchers there. They are actively involved in working groups and projects at the Institute which are of interest to them, provided scholarly assistance and take part in the work of the Institute in the guise of working and discussion papers, workshops and conferences.

The comparative perspective they gain on the work of various research institutes is intended to facilitate fellows' subsequent entry into this field of work. The Institute profits from highly qualified young scholars being available to work with fellows and graduates of the program. The program seeks to close a gap in scholarly support for junior researchers, as many scholars who have obtained their PhD's have excellent theoretical training, but still lack deeper knowledge of the field of practice. TAPIR makes a crucial contribution to the internationalisation of research by junior scholars, making it possible for them to work and network internationally. All graduates to date have gone on to perform high-level work in research and scholarly consulting of policy-makers. In addition, TAPIR promotes international cooperation between participating institutes and the transfer of knowledge, inter alia with an annual seminar in which top-ranking scholars from partner institutes take part along with fellows.

Additional information and modalities for application can be found at the SWP website:


Inquiries and questions are to be sent to the following address:

Dr. Denise Rüttinger
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR)
Ludwigkirchplatz 3-4
10719 Berlin
E-mail: denise.ruettinger@swp-berlin.org