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Scholarships, awards, research projects, consultant activities

Scholarships, Awards, Research Projects

March 2010
Frank Cass Prize 2008 for the contribution "Democracy through War" as the best article published in the journal "Democratization" in the year 2008

2009
Appointment to the Scientific Committee of the Fundación IDEAS para el progreso

December 2007
Appointment as a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

November 2007
Appointment as a member of the Council of International Advisors to the Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero

April 2004
Appointment to the Wissenschaftlicher Beirat beim Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (advisory council of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development) by the Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul

since March 2004
Member and deputy chairman of the Fachkollegium Sozialwissenschaften in der DFG (review board for the social sciences of the German Research Foundation)

April 2001
Research project funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation) on  "Sozialdemokratische Antworten auf integrierte Märkte - 'Dritte Wege' im westeuropäischen Vergleich" ("Social Democratic Responses to Integrated Markets - ' Third Ways' in Interregional Comparison") (2 full scientific positions for 2,5 years)

May 2000
Bestowal of the Catalan "Premio per pensamiento social" of the "Fundació Rafael Campalans" and the "Fundació Josep Composada"

1998-2001
Research project funded by the Volkswagenstiftung (decision in March 1998) on "Defekte Demokratien: Ein interregionaler Vergleich ausgewählter Länder in Osteuropa, Lateinamerika und Ostasien" ("Defect Democracies: An International Comparison of Selected Countries in Eastern Europe, Latin America, and East Asia") (3 employees)

1997-2000
Research project funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation) on "Der Ausschluß der Regionen: Grenzen und Möglichkeiten der Institutionalisierung einer dritten Entscheidungsebene in der Europäischen Union" ("Exclusion of the Regions: Limits and Opportunities of the Institutionalization of a Third Level of Decision in the European Union")

1997-2000
Member of a trilateral research group (South Korea, USA, Germany) on the reunification of Korea

since 1996
Member of the research group "Transformation" of the Bertelsmann Stiftung

Member of the Jury for the Carl-Bertelsmann-Prize 2001 for the  best performance in transformation ("beste Transformationsleistung") towards market economy and democracy

1996
1st prize for the best social science article published in 1994 in a German-language journal awarded by the Fritz Thyssen Stifung for the article: "Restriktionen und Chancen demokratischer Konsolidierung in post-kommunistischen Gesellschaften. Ostmitteleuropa im Vergleich" in: Berliner Journal für Soziologie 4/1994

1988-1999
John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship at the Center for European Studies of the Harvard University

1983-1985
Doctoral scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

1981-1982
DAAD Scholarship for the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University in Bologna (Italy)
 

Consultant activities

Consultant of the

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Volkswagen Stiftung
  • Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
  • Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Referee and member of advisory committees of numerous German and international journals