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Periodic Report Summary 1 - TAPIR-2012 (TAPIR-2012)

The Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) is a two-year programme for young academics with a background in international relations and international security. The programme aims at enabling outstanding researchers to gain working experiences and training on the job in internationally well-known think tanks on both sides of the Atlantic. The fellows spend a total of 24 months in three different institutes in the United States and Europe in order to build skills in policy-oriented research and to create and expand their own networks. The choice of institutes depends on the research interests of the selected fellows and the research and projects of the respective institutes. Fellows are working with a supervising researcher at the hosting institute and are integrated into relevant research units. The hosting institutes provide office space and cover overhead costs arising during the fellows’ period of research.
As the implementation of the fellows’ research projects as well as the final outcome is not restricted by any guidelines of TAPIR, the freedom of the scientific research is completely guaranteed. Ethical issues of the fellows’ research projects are checked in advance, are under regular surveillance during the project implementation, and are reviewed after the fellowship before the fellows are leaving the programme. The fellows’ research is published by the respective hosting institutes and in adequate academic journals.
The circle of participating institutes is composed of currently eleven high profile research institutes and think tanks on both sides of the Atlantic: Center for Security Studies (CSS), Zurich; Chatham House, London; Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Helsinki; German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Washington, D.C., Berlin, Paris; Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), Paris; Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS), Oslo; Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Warsaw; RAND Corporation (RAND), Washington, D.C.; SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations (SAIS), Washington, D.C.; United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, D.C.; and German Institute for International and Security Affairs/Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin, Brussels.
The TAPIR programme promotes a transatlantic exchange and a dialogue between institutes and researchers. It supports the mobility of young researchers.

The fellows are able to experience different policy consulting approaches on the job and to forge contacts within the transatlantic policy community. The exchange character and the transatlantic element of TAPIR serve as an incentive to rethink customary thinking patterns and to take a different look at research topics and policy strategies. This experience allows the fellows for excellent perspectives on the job market after TAPIR. All former fellows are now holding excellent and reputable positions: More than half of the ex-fellows are now working in the branch of policy-oriented research as well as in academia whereas only a few fellows are working as diplomats or project or programme manager.

Hosting institutes also benefit from the interchange of researchers and the enormous diversity of research approaches. As TAPIR is a continuous programme, it generates a scientific network for fellows and alumni, think tanks and research institutes that goes beyond the 24 months of each fellowship. The European Union can only benefit from a constant and lively transatlantic dialogue, from this special network and from the output of highly skilled, critically thinking, and well connected policy advisors and researchers.

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