2020/2021: ‘Europe’s Future at the Crossroads
– New Perspectives of Solidarity?’
The beginning of the new decade has posed unexpected challenges for unity and social standards within Europe. In times of crisis, relevant topics and joint progress have faded into the background, while attention is focused on maintaining individual habits on a small scale. In these uncertain times, one assumption remains unquestioned: The course that is currently being set will have a major impact on the future - in and for Europe.
In the upcoming research year, we are looking for innovative approaches that address incentives and benefits of an inforced European cohesion, reflecting on the purpose of the Union while taking its future challenges into account.
What are the concrete benefits of a solidaric Union? What will strengthen the EU’s ability to act? How could a European "solidarity index" be created? What role does sustainability play in rethinking solidarity in Europe? What influence does macroeconomic management have in order to create a stronger Union?
The term ‘solidarity’ will thereby cover a broad spectrum of current issues, which require consideration in discussing inner European unity. Aspects of a joint response to current crisis in economic, social or technological terms have just recently appeared on the agenda. Fostering sustainability and climate action in connection with the European Green Deal that will shape political priorities of the European Commission for the next four years and the expactations to create a sustainable, inclusive and solidaric Europe have currently influenced political action. Presenting new approaches to joint security standards and conflict solution or facing demographic change and diverging narratives on the EU’s purpose between individual member states, as well as underlining the importance of investment on integration and alignment are also important issues to draw the attention on. These topics should serve as examples that could be addressed; though, we’re looking forward to innovative and creative research questions from all kinds of perspectives.
The Fellowship programme 2020/2021 aims to support five relevant research questions that further engage with the future of Europe by pushing analytical discourse in opposition to the gap between public perceptions and the EU’s actual benefits, aiming to foresee challenges and hurdles, which are yet to come.
This focus area leaves space for individual research questions, directed at challenging the status quo and aiming for progress. We strongly encourage graduates, young professionals or employees of scientific, political or public institutes to hand in their research ideas, regardless of the individual subject area or political agenda.
2019/2020: Europe’s Role Tomorrow
- Responsibilities in Global Progress
Europe bears responsibility for its own composition, as well as for global developments. While internal dissensions might block the external capacities to act on a global stage and towards the international cooperation, we want to engage with this topic in a way that poses questions on the task-position for Europe in its adaptation to the challenges of tomorrow.
Which are the steps Europe has to take right now and which future scenarios are thinkable? Which decisions are necessary, which policies decisive or which conflicts avoidable?
The term ‘responsibility’ can thereby cover a broad spectrum of current issues that require consideration in discussing Europe’s prospective role. Aspects like sustainability, climate action, migration, transnational security or conflict solution, especially with regard to the status of current alliances or international military rearmament, as well as addressing social imbalances or technological innovations are just a glimpse of issues that could be addressed in this context.
With the new President of the European Commission, changes and new attempts for the European Community have been announced in July 2019. Following up with our Fellowship Programme 2019/2020, we want to support relevant research questions that further draw the attention on new approaches and analytical discourse. By looking at various fields, theories and action levels, the aim is to sketch chances and deficits of current developments, situating Europe’s role within global challenges of the future.
This focus area leaves space for individual research questions, directed at challenging the status quo and aiming for progress. We are highly encouraging graduates, young professionals or employees of scientific, political or public institutes to hand in their research ideas, regardless of the individual subject area or political agenda.