Announcement: Short-Term Visiting Researcher

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading research institutes on development policy. Through excellent research, policy advice and training, the Institute contributes to finding solutions to global challenges.

The Research Programme “Transformation of political (dis-)order: Institutions, values & peace” at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) offers a possibility for short-term visiting scholar positions of 4-6 weeks between May and October 2020.  The position offers the opportunity to work on original research that aligns with the main areas of research of the programme.

Interested persons from all levels of seniority and all countries can apply, including PhD students who are in the writing phase of their doctoral work. The DIE is particularly interested in cooperation with researchers based at institutions located in the Global South. Stays are expected to be at minimum four weeks long.

Visiting Researchers will be expected to give a talk for DIE scientific staff on their research during their stay, and could have the opportunity to co-author work in one of DIE publication formats. Applicants should highlight in their application in which research cluster or cross-cutting issue their work fits into, and who in the Programme they would want to collaborate with. Links to the Programme’s research clusters are below, and cross-cutting issues include social cohesion and digitalization:


Democratic Transformation and Values

Fragility, Conflict and Displacement

Resource Mobilisation and Institutional Reform for the Common Good


Interested researchers should include in their letters:


  1. Letter of motivation explaining why DIE and the Programme on Transformation of political (dis)-order would be a good fit for their work (2-3 pages)
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A copy of a recent publication or working paper
  4. A proposed schedule of what they will do while in Bonn, and a brief description of expected outputs (2 pages maximum).
  5. Options for two time periods for the research stay.
  6. Guest researchers who require a visa will be provided with a letter of support if invited.
  7. A letter from the employer or PhD department confirming ongoing affiliation.


Guest researchers will receive an honorarium, which is calculated based on the number of days they are in residence. The daily rate will be determined based on experience.

Please submit required materials electronically to All materials should be included as attachments in a single email with the title line “Short-term guest researcher, FULL NAME”. The deadline is 8 March 2020. Response will be given by 3 April 2020.

For further information, potential applicants may email Charles Martin-Shields at .

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