The German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) is a port of call for top researchers from all over the world. Based on our conviction that global challenges necessitate global answers, we are interested in intensive academic exchange with like-minded scholars. Such exchange provides both the GIGA and the visiting fellows with new impetus, valuable knowledge, and expanded perspectives for their research.
The visiting fellows value the institute’s interdisciplinary, pluralistic approach, which is evident in its research, in the distribution of its findings, and in its internal structures. Like the GIGA researchers, the visiting fellows are integrated into one of the four regional institutes and at least one research programme. The length of guest stays ranges from one week to several years.
“I chose the GIGA because it is close to the policymaking circles. It is a great experience to see how very good research can be harnessed for the sake of policy engagement.”
Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury, assistant professor of political science at the Lebanese American University, is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the GIGA. Her current research focus is on Arab immigrants in Europe. Learn more.
"The GIGA has a reputation of academic excellence and has a great network among German academic communities."
Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, from the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nigeria, visited the GIGA while researching challenges during electoral processes in African countries. Learn more.
“The GIGA Visiting Fellowship Programme enables me to work in an interdisciplinary setting analysing water conflicts through the optics of biophysical as well as political sciences. The complexity of environmental conflicts is better grasped through interdisciplinary research.”
Dr. María Cecilia Roa Garcia, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow from Colombia, analyses conflicts around water scarcity. Learn more.
"If you want to broaden your research, it is great to work at a global institute."
María Soledad Gattoni, a German Academic Exchange Service Fellow from the Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani at the University of Buenos Aires, investigates participatory policies in Latin America. Learn more.
"We can learn from the GIGA's approach to make the research useful not only for decision makers but also for the society."
Dr. Haibin Niu, a Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Fellow from the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, studies China's and Germany's relationships with Brazil. Learn more.
"It is helpful to be challenged on your topic’s relevance, concepts, modes of comparison, and other academic questions by fellow scholars."
Dr. Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and associate professor at the School of Political Science at Diego Portales University in Chile. His research focus is on populism. Learn more.
Many internationally recognised top scholars have spent time as visiting fellows at the GIGA in the course of their careers and have published in influential expert journals as a result of the insights they have gained. Their research includes topics such as security policy in Latin America, social protests in China, the crises in the Middle East, and the role of increasing populism in international relations.
Scholarship recipients from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, and other renowned organisations choose the GIGA as the host facility for their research projects. According to the current Humboldt Ranking, we place in the top quarter of all non-university research institutions. The GIGA provides institutional support for such funding applications.
The GIGA is among the winners of the Humboldt competition on Research Alumni Strategies. The competition is a part of the „Research in Germany Initiative".