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SYLFF-Mikrokolleg „Forced Migration“

The RUB Research School in cooperation with the Tokio Foundation offers 4 grants for doctoral researchers within the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF).

The fellows will be funded for three years with 1200 Euros monthly. They will be part of a small, highly interdisciplinary research group and work on individual doctoral projects within different research perspectives under the overarching topic of forced migration. The Mikrokolleg is located at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and professors from different disciplines defined research perspectives doctoral candidates can apply for.

The SYLFF Mikrokolleg invites the application of excellent young researchers with a strong interest in research on international forced migration, with a background in economics, law, political science or sociology and with a clear commitment towards cross-disciplinary cooperation.

Research Topic of the SYLFF-Microkolleg: Forced Migration

The fellows of the SYLFF Mikrokolleg will work on a variety of aspects related to international forced migration which is understood as a cross-border “migratory movement in which an element of coercion exists, including threats to life and livelihood, whether arising from natural or man-made causes” (International Organisation for Migration). The fellows will

  • analyse the root causes of international forced migration in the home countries, including poverty, loss of land, and the persecution due to ethnicity, traditions and religious beliefs,
  • evaluate the effectiveness of different international approaches to fight these root courses in the home countries, such as foreign aid, institution building and democracy promotion,
  • focus on the rights of forced migrants and refugees in different legal orders and on the duties of the involved actors, including the host state, international of regional organisations,
  • and / or will analyse the geographies of movement by comparing the characteristics of different important migration routes.

The SYLFF Mikrokolleg invites the application of excellent young researchers with a strong interest in research on international forced migration, with a background in economics, law, political science, sociology or any other related field and with a clear commitment towards cross-disciplinary cooperation.

Research Perspectives within the SYLFF-Mikrokolleg

The different perspectives formulated by the cooperation professors are the following:

Application Process

The application form “Sylff-Kolleg” has to be used for the application. On the last page of this form all documents are listed you have to submit together with the application form. A signed hardcopy of the application form with two letters of documentation and all necessary documents have to be sent to Sarah Gemicioglu between January 1st 2017 and February 11th 2017.

Find the Application Form here.

Please note: Applicants are expected to apply with an individual research project that has to be linked to one of the research perspectives. Applicants decide for themselves about their individual research projects (an exposé is needed) and about the research perspective they interlink their project with (this has to be explained in the application form). In case of funding they will be supervised by the researcher responsible for the respective research perspective.

Duties of the grantee:
Please communicate immediately important changes of your personal conditions as well as interruptions, changes or abandonment of the research project and an adequate use of the grant. For organisational reasons we kindly ask you to send your application documents without any cover or folder. Thank you!

Your contact at RUB Research School

Dr. des. Sarah Gemicioglu

• Research School PLUS Coordination & Consulting
(esp. PR.INT, IRB, Additional Support)

Room: FNO 01/146
Phone:  +49-(0)234-32-27109
Fax: +49(0)234-32-14912

Office Hours:
Monday, 10.00 - 12.00 h
Thursday, 14.30 - 16.00 h

And by appointment upon request

All fellows become members of RUB Research School which provides an attractive international research and social environment for doctoral researchers and support for their academic and non-academic future career. The fellows will have the possibility to apply for additional funding of RUB Research School PLUS and the Tokio Foundation, such as for field research and conference organisation.

The funding will start in June 2017. The grant will be extended after each year on the basis of an annual report.