GRF Young Academics Program

GRF Young Academics Program

The GRF Young Academics Program is designed for young academics that are either in the last year of their doctoral studies or have completed their Ph.D. in Turkey or abroad within the last three years.

The goal of this program to provide a forum for young academics with strong educational backgrounds to discuss and debate Turkey’s long-term policy deliberations—the basis of GRF’s studies.

The fundamental difference between the GRF Young Academics Program and GRF’s other community programs is that the former is entirely centered on a policy paper written by the candidate and published by GRF. The institution for the first time is publishing papers written by "specialists" who are not GRF members. Papers to be published by GRF should be sufficiently insightful to make a unique impact on the global agenda.

Candidates for the program should have a strong theoretical background, be able to focus on implementation, and be willing and able to transform their academic analyses into concrete policy suggestions.

GRF Young Academics Program consists of two stages.

First Stage: Selected academics will present their topic of choice to the other participants, followed by a discussion focused on each fellow’s individual topic. Thus, each participant will have the opportunity to clarify and develop his or her thesis with the feedback they receive from their fellow participants.

Second Stage: Institutional experience and contribution of GRF comes into play more explicitly; a commission made up of selected GRF members will evaluate the papers written by the fellows. At this stage each participant will present his or her paper that he or she has begun to write to the GRF commission, followed by personalized feedback from the commission members.

Please click to read papers published under GRF’s Young Academics Policy Paper Series.

Topics in GRF’s Area of Interest

GRF is interested in any topic which is sufficiently insightful to make a unique impact on the global agenda. Therefore, GRF Young Academics Program is open for academics from all areas of study (Architecture, Business Administration, Engineering, Fine Arts, Law, Medicine, Natural Science, Social Sciences, etc).

Application Details

• Application dates for the GRF Young Academics Program will be announced on our web site.
• A new term of the GRF Young Academics Program will begin as soon as the required number of participants is reached.
• Application documents should be submitted to Documents required for applying to the GRF Young Academics Program are listed below:
    o CV
    o A cover letter (in English and/or Turkish) that summarizes the topic on which the candidate wishes to publish a policy paper and describes the importance of the topic within the context of the global agenda
• Candidates whose applications are rejected are encouraged to apply to the program again with a new application.
• Participants living abroad will be offered flexibility in accordance with the period they will be in Turkey.