Besides its project-based work, the FES Syria Project seeks to promote better understanding of Syria’s contemporary history. By encouraging young academics and analysts to pursue their research interests, FES hopes to contribute to the discussion and analysis of socio-cultural, socio-economic and political developments in Syria – both before and after the popular uprising in 2011.

FES therefore supports independent research initiatives and offers print and online formats to publish completed work, such as books or booklets, or FES study or policy papers.

While the research programme is generally open for any proposals related to relevant socio-cultural, socio-economic and political developments in Syria, thematic areas of particular interest include:

  • Civil society activism and peace building efforts,
  • Emerging and persisting forms of governance in regime- and rebel-held areas,
  • Opposition parties and their politics,
  • Socio-economic development, the war economy, and perspectives on reconstruction policies,
  • Social justice and gender equality.

The research programme welcomes unsolicited applications from interested candidates. Applications or enquiries should be sent to info(at) Full applications should contain:

  • A proposal detailing the research’s background, relevance, method, time plan and budget,
  • CV of the researcher(s), showing your academic track record and suitability for conducting the proposed research.

All previously published research studies supported under this programme can be found in our online library.

Syria Project

Berliner Häuser
Hiroshimastraße 17 and 28
D-10785 Berlin

+49 (0)30 26 935-7495
+49 (0)30 26 935-9244


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