Call for Applications: The Global Scholarly Dialogue Programme


Deadline: 24 April 2020


The Global Scholarly Dialogue Programme is an initiative of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS) aimed at supporting critical research in and from countries of the Global South, and strengthening dialogue between critical research on authoritarian capitalism from the Global North and South. To achieve this, together with the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD), the RLS is inviting applications from postdoctoral researchers for a visiting fellowship of up to six months, with a starting date in October 2020.

As a visiting scholar in Kassel, Germany, the fellow will be able to establish a dialogue with local researchers and explore possibilities of collaborative research and projects. She or he will be able to use all ICDD facilities, such as the library, as well as enjoy the academic environment at the University of Kassel. We also strongly encourage applicants to engage in teaching and outreach activities at the ICDD (details can be discussed at a later stage). The ICDD hosts two Master’s programs, the academically oriented MA in Global Political Economy and Development and the MA in Labour Policies and Globalisation. The latter is part of the Global Labour University network, which trains trade unionists and labour activists from around the world on labour-related policy issues. The core of the ICDD is its Graduate School of Socio-Ecological Research for Development.

The fellow will be part of the RLS’s International Research Group on Authoritarianism & Counter-Strategies. As such, she/he will have the chance to collaborate with the RLS and participate in the group’s activities. The fellowship explicitly aims to contribute to a global dialogue between scholars seeking to better understand the rising and seemingly global spread of authoritarianism and advance a path towards a just, democratic society.


Due to funding stipulations, only citizens of ODA-recipient countries are eligible to apply.

Applicants should have completed their PhD within the last five years.

Please note that in order to facilitate an ongoing and productive dialogue between scholars, the working language at the ICDD and in the International Research Group on Authoritarianism & Counter-Strategies is English. Therefore, applicants are required to have a very good command of the English language.

Financial Support

The financial support provided to the researchers is calculated at €2,300 per month for the time spent at the host institution. Return (economy class) airfares for intercontinental flights will be covered by the fellowship, as well as travel costs to attend events at the RLS headquarters in Berlin. If you plan to travel with your family, additional funding may be granted. Assistance will be provided in facilitating the stay (i.e. securing housing, childcare).


Please direct any queries and submit your application in one single PDF file (5 MB max; please name the file “SurnameName_application.pdf”) to

Your application should include:

  • A letter of motivation
  • Outline of the project
  • Curriculum vitae, including a publication list
  • Brief description of political, social, and/or cultural engagement.
  • Referee’s report on the candidate.
  • Copy of your passport.
  • English language skills.
  • Certificate of your highest academic degree

Applications Call: Authoritarian Competition States (263 KB)