Call for Applications (in English or Arabic)
FES Research and Capacity Building Project, Feb-Dec 2018
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is announcing a research and capacity building initiative entitled “Intermediaries in contemporary Syria”. The initiative aims to strengthen the research skills of promising young Syrian researchers and to develop knowledge about the relations between local communities and supra-local powers.
The intermediaries linking local communities to outside authorities are central to how political power is distributed and used in contemporary Syria. These local intermediaries have, historically, been leaders of important families in a town or neighborhood, but they have evolved during the revolution and ensuing civil war, and today include opposition activists, local youths organizing militias, and warlords who have emerged out of prolonged armed conflict, among others. The outside authorities the intermediaries link to include government agencies, opposition bodies, rebel forces, the Syrian Democratic Forces, and Islamist groups. These typically informal relationships are frequently referred to by authors working on contemporary Syria, but are rarely given the in-depth attention needed to fully understand them. This project seeks to uncover, understand and theorize these local relations in several regions of Syria, from 2000 until the present.
FES aims to involve up to six Junior Researchers in the project. Selected participants will each produce a report based upon their own original research, being trained and guided by experienced think tank researchers and academics. The initiative represents an unprecedented opportunity for motivated, young researchers to receive systematic instruction from field-leading experts, as well as extensive mentoring and guidance through the research and writing process.
Participants will receive a stipend to support their research work and writing throughout the year. Transport and accommodation expenses for participants travelling from outside of Beirut to attend the workshops will be covered by FES. Selected candidates will be asked to sign a Terms of References agreement with FES, outlining their tasks in and commitment to the project.
Project structure and details
Eligibility and selection criteria
The primary selection criteria are participants’ ability to produce high quality research (evidenced by prior research experience, knowledge of a locality, networks of contacts, etc.), their interest in the research topic, as well as in research more generally.
In addition, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Application documents and procedure
To apply as a Junior Researcher in the project, please prepare a single document with your personal information as well as answers to all of the questions below:
Personal information: full name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, date of birth, highest educational certificate obtained (ex. high school, BA, MA, PhD), institute/university at which it was obtained, year, subject.
Please send your application (in .docx or .pdf format) to intermediaries(at)feslb.org. Deadline for submissions is 10 January 2018. Further questions on the project and application process can be directed to the same address. Skype interviews with shortlisted candidates will be held in January.
Journalism and Creative Writing. A Handbook for Citizen-Journalists in Conflict Areas.
Doha Hassan, Beirut: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2016
The Coast in Conflict: Migration, Sectarianism, and Decentralization in Syria’s Latakia and Tartus Governorates
Kheder Khaddour, Beirut: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2016
Activism in Difficult Times: Civil Society Groups in Syria 2011 - 2014
Rana Khalaf; Oula Ramadan; Friederike Stolleis, Beirut: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung & Badael, 2015 - Arabic script