Georg Zundel Scholarship

Calls for proposals for the Georg Zundel Scholarship are published biannually. Please note that no call for proposals will be published in 2016 and thus it will not be possible to apply for this scholarship in 2017. Please check for the next call for proposals in early 2018.

Named in honour of the Berghof Foundation’s founder, the Georg Zundel Scholarship is awarded to PhD applicants who demonstrate a potential for excellence in the field of conflict transformation. Its thematic focus is approved by our Board of Trustees and published annually in the form of a call for proposals.

Working at one of our offices in Berlin or Tübingen, grantees are integrated into one of our programme teams. We expect their work to make a significant contribution to the empirical and theoretical foundations of our research agenda.

  • The grantee receives a monthly allowance of 1.250,00 EUR,
  • A work place is provided at the Berghof Foundation office in Berlin or Tübingen,
  • The grantee is given access to the Berghof Foundation’s research facilities,
  • The funding duration is two years.


  • An excellent MA degree or equivalent in social, political, educational sciences or related disciplines,
  • Enrolment as a PhD student at a university. In exceptional cases, the award of the scholarship can be deferred until the enrolment at a university has been completed,
  • Extensive academic knowledge or practical experience in themes and areas of conflict transformation and peacebuilding,
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English (at C1-level or higher),
  • Ability and willingness to relocate to Berlin or Tübingen in Germany .

  • Research unrelated to PhD studies,
  • Projects that lack a transformative focus and merely analyse violent political conflict,
  • Projects that advocate military solutions,
  • Research limited to “hard power” approaches for responding to political violence,
  • Research on inter-personal violence, domestic violence or violence against children, unless there is an explicit link to the context of political and social violence,
  • Work that contains political, religious or gender-based biases or prejudice.

With the award of a scholarship, the Berghof Foundation signs a scholarship contract with the selected grantee. The contract regulates the provision of funds and other resources, the duration of the scholarship, the grantee’s academic supervision and responsibilities, as well as the conditions for termination of the scholarship or other penalties. The general terms and conditions of funding and the scholarship application form attachments to the contract.

Grantees are required to closely collaborate with and regularly report to their academic supervisor. The conditions specified in the scholarship contract apply. Grantees are assigned to Berghof Foundation senior staff members for thematic supervision. In addition, and dependent on their chosen topic, the Berghof Foundation may offer academic supervision. Grantees will conclude the scholarship with a brief presentation of their dissertation to our Board of Trustees.

PhD students supported by the Berghof Foundation must attribute support to the Foundation by using its name and, wherever possible, its logo in the dissemination of their research activities and results. This includes publications, websites as well as presentations related to the project. The conditions detailed in the scholarship contract apply.

Individuals of any nationality pursuing PhD studies who meet the eligibility criteria.

No geographical restrictions apply, unless otherwise specified in the call for proposals.

A monthly allowance of 1.250,00 EUR is granted for a duration of two years. In addition, the grantee will be provided with a workplace at our office in Berlin or Tübingen and access to the Berghof Foundation’s research facilities.

The funding duration for the scholarship is two years.

It is not permitted to submit more than one application per person.

No, all official correspondence, including all application documents, must be in English.

Applications that do not conform to the formal requirements presented on the website are discarded. Reasons could be that the research exposé does not include the required information (state of research, research objectives, methodology and research design as well as the work schedule) or that the length of the CV exceeds the page limit.

Calls for proposals for the Georg Zundel Scholarship are generally published annually.
Please note that no call for proposals will be published in 2015 and it will thus not be possible to apply for a scholarship in 2015. Please check back for the next call for proposals in early 2016.

Named in honour of the founder of the Berghof Foundation, the Georg Zundel Scholarship is awarded to PhD applicants who demonstrate a potential for excellence in the field of conflict transformation. Working at one of our offices in Berlin or Tübingen, scholarship recipients are integrated into our programme teams and contribute to the empirical and theoretical foundations of our research agenda.

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