Corridors Fellowship

Call for Applications - Corridors Fellowships 2019


The Corridors Fellowship offers young and established scholars from conflict-affected societies in the post-Soviet space the opportunity for a research stay at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena (Germany) The program aims to facilitate academic exchange and to enhance dialogue and knowledge transfer. We strive to deepen practical cooperation between scholars from the South Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Germany.


Applications are welcomed from scholars in the field of social science and neighbouring disciplines with a keen interest in peace and conflict studies. Eligible are PhD candidates and established academics from the area of the eastern partnership and Russia. A particular focus lays on researchers from regions with limited international engagement. Selected fellows will be based at the chair of international relations which has a strong focus on conflict prevention, mediation, peacekeeping and secession.


The fellowships have a duration of one month and are fully funded. We offer an equipped working desk, access to our information infrastructure and the opportunity to participate in our activities including an international summer school in September 2019. 


Applications must be sent to and include the following documents:


- Cover letter

- Curriculum vitae

- Project description (1.000 words maximum)


The application deadline is 15 April 2019. 


Corridors Fellows 2018

In 2018, we provided three fellows from Moldova/Transnistria and Russia the opportunity for a one-month research stay to Germany. During their joint research stay in Regensburg, Mihai Mogildea from Chisinau and Anatolii Dirun from Tiraspol explored the interdependencies between the protracted conflict around Transnistria and the domestic political and economic development in the region. During the fellowship, they actively used the opportunity for an intensive exchange, further cooperation, and gave a joint lecture at IOS. During the public lecture the fellows shared and discussed their perspective on the interdependencies between the protracted conflict and the economic and political development in the region. Our third 2018 Corridors Fellow was Alexey Gunya from Nalchik. During his research stay he continued and presented his research on ‘Local communities in the Caucasus between conflict and development. Furthermore, the fellowship was dedicated to explore and develop concrete ideas for further academic cooperation between the North Caucasus and Germany. 

Mihai Mogildea at IOS
Mihai Mogildea at IOS
Anatolii Dirun at IOS
Anatolii Dirun at IOS
Alexey Gunya at IOS
Alexey Gunya at IOS

Corridors Fellows 2017

In 2017, three Corridors Fellowships were awarded to scholars from the South Caucasus. The one-month research stays provided the opportunity for joint learning, knowledge transfer and the further development of collaborative projects. With special emphasis, we addressed the topic of multi-lingual language education in conflict-affected regions. Corridors Fellows Rustam Anshba from Gudauta and Shalva Tabatadze from Tbilisi conducted their research on this highly important topic within the framework of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict. Both argued, that education in conflict-affected regions can become a tool not only of segregation but also for positive change, especially in ethnically and linguistically diverse societies like Abkhazia.

Rustam Anshba argued that Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education (MTB MLE) is a very effective education model that can preserve linguistic diversity and promote social inclusion. Analysing the current challenges of the education system in Abkhazia and exploring opportunities for improvement, he argued that MTB MLE in Abkhazia can contribute to overcoming many existing educational challenges and linguistic and as ethnic tensions.  

Shalva Tabatadze outlined the positive effects of mother tongue education and bilingualism in conflict-affected societies. He  identified major shortcomings in the field of mother tongue education in Abkhazia and argued in favour of a developmental approach to education that supports non-discriminative MTB MLE  for all ethnic groups. This approach should be supported in the international community to increase the quality of education and the linguistic tolerance in the region.