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Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse Global Fellowships

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Each year, two Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse Global Fellowships are awarded. The selected Fellows are offered the opportunity to collaborate with the interdisciplinary team at the Center for Advanced Studies on topics of common interest, linking personal experiences and research with the Center’s expertise.

The focus of the Fellowship is dedicated to contemporary and future social, political and economic challenges. The Global Fellowships are remunerated and compatible with other non-related working duties, university studies or other research topics. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Global Fellowship 2022 will be conducted online. Pandemic-related restrictions permitting, during the fellowship 1-2 short visits at the Center for Advanced Studies in Bolzano, Italy may be agreed upon. Applications are limited to citizens from EU countries, preferably from Central-Eastern and Eastern Europe. We particularly encourage applications from women, and other individuals who are under-represented in academic research.

The Global Fellowships are funded by the
Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse / Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano.

Global Fellows 2022

Irem Güney-Frahm

Irem Güney-Frahm studied in Istanbul, Bath and Berlin and has a disciplinary background in economics (Bachelor), European studies (Masters) and gender studies (PhD). Her work focuses on gender equality and globalization, international development, digitalization, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. As researcher and lecturer, Dr. Güney-Frahm has had stints at the Humboldt University Berlin, University of Edinburgh, University of St Gallen, ETH Zurich, Berlin School of Economics and Law, and Leuphana University Lüneburg. She also worked as researcher for the German Government`s Third Gender Equality Report (2021).

Steven Umbrello

Steven Umbrello is the Managing Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He studied philosophy of science and technology at the University of Toronto (H.B.A), epistemology, ethics, and mind at the University of Edinburgh (MSc), science and technology studies at York University (MA), and the ethics and design of AI at the Northwestern Italian Philosophy Consortium (PhD). His research focuses more broadly on value sensitive design, its philosophical foundations as well as its application to novel technologies like AI, nanotech, and Industry 4.0.

Global Fellows 2021

Maarten Jan Wensink

Maarten Jan Wensink holds a PhD in Medicine and a PhD in Philosophy from Leiden University in the Netherlands. He worked as a PhD student and eventually Post Doc researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany before taking up a position as Assistant Professor at the Max Planck Odense Center at the University of Southern Denmark. Since February 2021, Maarten is Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark at the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Biodemography. His current projects include the statistical and epidemiological analysis of paternal medication use in the months preceding conception and potential effects on offspring, as well as theoretical work on population dynamics and aging. He teaches courses on biostatistics and epidemiology.

Bartosz Stefan Michalski

Bartosz Stefan Michalski holds a PhD habil. in Economics with a specialization in International Economics from the University of Economics, Wrocław, Faculty of National Economy. Since July 2019, he is Associate Professor at the Institute of International Studies at the University of Wrocław. His core responsibilities include academic teaching & research, PhD co-supervision, peer reviewing, academic advising and student engagement. His research interests focus in particular on trade regionalism in the contemporary global economy, competitiveness of economies, international trade, structural transformation as well as technological change.



  • University degree with an interdisciplinary component
  • Knowledge about contemporary and future issues
  • Motivation to participate in the activities of the Center for Advanced Studies
  • Organizational skills and ability to work autonomously
  • Very good knowledge of written and oral English (good German and/or Italian desirable)

The application should comprise:

  • a full CV, including publications, qualifications, work experience etc.,
  • the provisional title and short abstract (max. 200 words) of 1-2 potential public lectures on the fellow’s area of expertise,
  • a letter of motivation which describes the background and interests of the applicant, with particular regard to the compatibility and contribution to the work of the Center for Advanced Studies.

Global Fellow activities comprise:

  1. Participation in selected team activities, and meetings at the Center for Advanced Studies.
  2. Active participation in a project at the Center for Advanced Studies to be defined based on the Fellow’s competences and area of expertise.
  3. Giving up to two public lectures.
  4. Giving at least one internal seminar lesson on current research.
  5. Writing of 1-2 blog contributions on the Center for Advanced Studies’ homepage.
  6. When applicable, contributing to joint publications and/or an edited books with the editors at the Center.
  7. Availability for press interviews and other relevant media work when applicable.

The envisaged duration of the Fellowship will be for approximately 6 months between spring and the end of year.

The envisaged duration of the Fellowship is from spring to the end of year. Please specify in the application for which of the following thematic areas you are applying: 1) Discourse analysis in political science; 2) The future of work; 3) Rethinking economies and societies; 4) Philosophy, Religion and Society; 5) Sustainability, Multi-Resilience and Transformation Design; 6) Re-Globalization; 7) INSTO-Sustainable Tourism Observatory South Tyrol; 8) COVID-19 and its consequences.

We are not currently accepting applications. As soon as the Call for Application for 2023 opens, you will be informed here on this website.


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