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Funding initiative "Between Europe and the Orient - A Focus on Research and Higher Education in/on Central Asia and the Caucasus"

With this funding initiative the Volkswagen Foundation intends, on the one hand, to stimulate interest within Germany to engage in research on current developments in Central Asia and the Caucasus. On the other hand, it opens up possibilities for intensifying cooperation in research and higher education with academics in these countries.

Introduction

It was not only in Central Europe that the geopolitical map was redrawn after the breakup of the Soviet Union; also at the southern borders of the Russian Federation, in Central Asia and the Caucasus, 70 million people representing approx. 100 ethnic and linguistic groups were released into independence.

With this funding initiative the Foundation intends, on the one hand, to stimulate interest within Germany to engage in research on current developments in this region. On the other hand, it opens up possibilities for intensifying cooperation in research and higher education with academics in these countries. The target region comprises those states in Central Asia and the Caucasus which became independent after the collapse of the Soviet Union, but also includes some neighboring parts of the Russian Federation in the lower Volga and the northern Caucasus regions, plus Afghanistan.

Details on both sections of the initiative can be found in the Information for Applicants and the checklist.

The funding initiative addresses the humanities and social sciences as well as the natural and engineering sciences, including theoretical medicine.

Further information

is available on the VolkswagenStiftung Website

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Contact

Contact for applications in the fields of the humanities and social sciences:

Dr. Wolfgang Levermann
VolkswagenStiftung
Kastanienallee 35
30559 Hannover 
Germany
Tel. +49 (0)511 8381-212
Fax +49 (0)511 8381-4212
E-Mail: levermann@volkswagenstiftung.de

Contact for applications in the fields of natural and engineering sciences and medicine

Dr. Matthias Nöllenburg
VolkswagenStiftung
Kastanienallee 35
30559 Hannover 
Germany
Tel. +49 (0)511 8381-290 
Fax +49 (0)511 8381-4290
E-Mail: noellenburg@volkswagenstiftung.de