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Research Grants and Awards

United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

The United States Institute of Peace was created by the US Congress in 1984 to strengthen the capacity for peaceful conflict-resolution and as a contribution to reducing international violence and to achieving a just peace based on freedom and human dignity. The institute fulfils its congressional mandate through, amongst other things, a grants programme, a research and studies programme, a fellowship programme, the development of library resources, and various activities in the field of adult education. All these support-options are aimed at both public and private educational establishments at home and abroad.

The USIP supports research activities in all the areas that come within its broad mandate (unsolicited grants); grants are also given for specific topics stipulated in advance by the institute (solicited grants). In past years, these topics have included: post-settlement peacebuilding; mediation and track-two diplomacy; European and South and South-East Asian security; and arms control. The institute continues to be interested in these topics and explicitly encourages interested individuals to apply for unsolicited grants in these areas.

For 1999, four topic-areas have been stipulated: (1) The Balkans region, with special emphasis on: the rule of law; religion; conflict-resolution training; education for peace; communications, media, and peacebuilding; constitution-making as conflict management; and `Bosnia in the Balkans'; (2) The Middle East, particularly projects that explore the challenges that scholars and politicians face in promoting understanding and the peaceful resolution of conflicts. A special area of interest here is track-two diplomacy); (3) Training in conflict management. The institute promotes new approaches in the fields of training and curriculum development, as well as supporting existing training schemes, especially two-track diplomacy; (4) The changing nature of diplomacy, with special emphasis on: multilateral diplomacy, virtual diplomacy (use of the latest information-technology in the resolution of conflicts), and `non-violent but coercive diplomatic tools'.

Solicited grants are generally awarded for a period of two years and fall within a range of $US25,000-45,000. Information and application forms are available from the address below. The deadline for applications is 4 January 1999. All applicants will be advised of the result in writing by April 1999.

Contact: (As of 1 November 1998) United States Institute of Peace, Grant Program, 1200 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036-3006, USA, Tel.: +1 (202) 457-1700,

Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

The SSRC has been awarding grants to support interdisciplinary research in the social sciences since 1923. The council consists of some 300 social scientists working together in 25-30 committees to encourage the development of new methods, to confront theoretical controversies, and to identify promising new topics for scientific enquiry. Special importance is attached to interdisciplinary approaches and the formation of networks.

Grants cover fellowship programmes, pre- and post-doctoral study, and workshops. Many programmes are open to non-US citizens. Grants are awarded primarily to individuals, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

The programmes focus either on regions (Africa, China, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Europe, Japan, Latin America, Near and Middle East, South Asia, South-East Asia, United States) or on topics (international migration, international peace and security, sexuality research).

Contact: Social Science Research Council, 810 Seventh Avenue, NewYork, NY 10019, USA, Tel.: +1 (212) 377-2700, Fax: +1 (212) 377-2727,

Volkswagen Foundation: Programme Areas (A Selection)

Promotion of Basic Research into Specific Scientific Subjects and Problems: (The above list as at June 1998. An up-to-date version of the list is available on the Internet at

Contact: Volkswagen-Stiftung, Kastanienallee 35, D-30519 Hannover, Tel.: +49 (511) 83810,

German Academic Exchange Service Opens Office in Warsaw

The Warsaw office of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst: DAAD) began work in October 1997, under the directorship of Hans Golombek, and was officially opened in June 1998. Thanks to the conclusion of an agreement with the Polish Academy of Sciences, academic exchange with Poland now (from 1998) rests on a firm contractual footing. Of the 3,200 or so scholars, graduates, and students who receive support, approximately 75 per cent are Polish guests at German universities, and 25 per cent Germans at Polish universities. The DAAD now has offices in thirteen countries.

The main tasks of the Warsaw office will include co-ordination with government bodies, with university organizations, and with individual universities in the host country. Its prime object, however, will be to serve as an information and advice centre on any question which may arise on the Polish side in regard to university education in Germany, and vice versa. As far as it is able, the office also supports other German academic organizations such as the Conference of University Heads (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz), the German Research Association (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), the Max Planck Society, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Contact: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Büro Warschau, Ulica Czeska 24, PL-03902 Warsaw, Poland, Tel.: +48 (22) 6174847 or 6161308, Fax: +48 (22) 6161296, e-mail:

German Academic Exchange Service Guide to Foreign Grants 1999-2000

The new Guide to Foreign Grants published by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst: DAAD) is now available. It is obtainable, free of charge, only from the International Studies Offices of German universities. These offices are also responsible for grant applications and will provide information to anyone interested in applying. The DAAD has extended the area of applicability of its grants from Europe to the whole world and, by shifting to a system of part-funding, has increased the number of grants awarded. The full list of grants-programmes administered by the DAAD, over 100 in number, may be viewed on the Internet at

Contact: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Kennedyallee 50, D-53175 Bonn, Tel.: +49 (228) 882-0, Press Office: +49 (228) 882-581/-454/-308. Fax:+49 (228) 882-446,

German Academic Exchange Service On-line Magazine

Since July 1998, the German Academic Exchange Service's monthly periodicalAktuelles Magazin has been available on-line. Under you will find information on the service's latest grants-programmes and events, tips on planning study abroad, reports by foreign students in Germany, and news items from the service.

Contact: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Kennedyallee 50, D-53175 Bonn, Tel.: +49 (228) 882-0, Press Office: +49 (228) 882-581/-454/-308. Fax:+49 (228) 882-446,

Socrates/Erasmus Schemes

From 1998-9, the European Commission's Socrates/Erasmus programmes are to be extended to cover the central and eastern European partner-countries of Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and also Cyprus. The budget for co-operation between the 1,600 and more universities in 24 European countries involved in the projects has been increased to $US137.5 million.

Contact: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Kennedyallee 50, D-53175 Bonn, Tel.: +49 (228) 882-0, Press Office: +49 (228) 882-581/-454/-308. Fax:+49 (228) 882-446,

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