CETREN’s Seed Grant Competition is a programme to promote intellectual exchange between disciplines and area studies. The competition provides an opportunity for scholars from social science and humanities disciplines to extend their existing research agendas into new world regions and new directions of transregional research. The programme provides seed funding to faculty and postdoctoral members of the University of Göttingen for a period of 6 months, during which they are affiliated to CETREN, and are expected to write a competitive grant proposal for submission to an external funding body.
The 2015/2016 funding round is closed.
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CETREN invites applications from scholars of all disciplines and areas, who are interested in extending their research into new comparative and transregional directions. To be eligible, applicants must be employed at the professorial level (including Juniorprofessor) or at the postdoctoral level the Göttingen Research Campus. The thematic focus of a seed grant proposal is open but needs to fall broadly within the CETREN research agenda. Proposals need to address two research questions:
A) TRANSREGIONAL OR COMPARATIVE REGIONAL APPROACH
Proposals must be informed by an interest in either comparative regional or transregional studies. While a comparative approach may extend a place-based inquiry in the social sciences or humanities to new world regions, a transregional perspective may focus on inter-regional entanglements, connections, migrations, travels or imaginaries for a critical contribution to theory and method in place-based knowledge production.
B) “THE POLITICS OF THE NEW”
Proposals must demonstrate relevance to CETREN’s thematic rubric of the “Politics of the New”, which engages one of the most enduring themes of modernity: the theme of newness or change; the belief that every moment is characterised by unprecedented social flux and churning, and that every generation bears witness to the emergence of a new world. Elaborated in discourse and culture, the theme of newness has been a common refrain in otherwise opposed ideological formations, ranging from the high-capitalist hailing of “innovation” to the socialist credos of revolutionary change; from modernist discourses of “postcolonial development” to neo- liberal discourses of “globalisation”. Researchers in the CETREN network examine how these various ideas and cultures of “the new” converge and diverge from each other, both within and across time and space; what social and political opportunities they provide and what forms of politics and personhood they inaugurate; what structures and relations of power they authorise; and, finally, what kinds of exclusions they produce as a category of both analysis and practice. Bringing together scholars with diverse regional and historical expertise around a common theme of “Politics of the New”, the CETREN network aims both to produce original scholarly insights on the politics of the new in different regional and historical contexts, and to develop effective methodologies of multi-disciplinary transregional scholarship.
An independent committee of experts will evaluate all submitted proposals.
Reflecting the “seed” or start-up nature of the grant, seed grants are funded for a period of 6 months. Specifically, funds will be provided for a short-term postdoctoral fellow (TV-L 13, 100%), who will assist the scholar in the preparation of a grant proposal for submission to an external funding agency. A limited amount of funding (2250 Euro) will also be available for grant-related research and conference travel.
The seed grant holder will be awarded the CETREN Fellowship of Transregional Studies. They will be affiliated with CETREN and will be expected to attend the network’s academic events. They will also present their new project to the CETREN community during the fellowship period. Finally, the Fellow will be expected to submit a draft proposal to the CETREN committee within two months after the formal end of the fellowship.
Applications and proposals may be submitted in English or German. Please submit the following materials:
Name, title and affiliation of applicant.
CV (max 1 page).
List of 5 most relevant publications.
List of current or previous grants held (if applicable).
Title of proposed research project.
Abstract of research proposal (max. 300 words).
Name of grant programme for which the applicant will be writing the full proposal. Indication of prospective submission date/deadline.
The outline proposal should be max. 2000 words (or 4-5 pages) long and should include:
Deadline for submission: 31 MARCH 2015
Announcement of successful proposal: JUNE 2015
Seed grant funding period: 1 OCTOBER 2015 – 31 MARCH 2016