The Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG) is a renowned institution researching ethnic and cultural conflict, right-wing extremism, and violence.
At IKG we welcome visiting academics, postgraduates, and undergraduates.
Spending time at IKG offers the opportunity to gain practical insights into empirical conflict and violence research. We strive to involve all our visitors in a wide range of research activities and communication structures.
Internships provide a chance to experience the everyday life of a university institute, and we expect our interns to be willing and able to participate actively.
Please note that there are certain preconditions associated with a study visit:
Thematic relevance: The IKG takes an interdisciplinary approach, so there is no need for guests to belong to a particular scientific discipline. But there must be some connection to questions of conflict and violence. Relevant empirical, theoretical, and methodological knowledge is advantageous for applicants, as is practical experience in disciplines dealing with questions of conflict and violence.
Costs: The IKG is unable to provide funding for guests? research activities, travel costs, or living expenses. Applicants must procure the means for their stay from external sources or cover the costs themselves. Without such funding a study visit at IKG is not possible.
Undergraduates: The IKG has no funds for paying interns, so unless specific project-related funds are available we are unable to raise the prospect of remuneration. For insurance reasons it is necessary to conclude a placement agreement with Bielefeld University.
Contact person or supervisor: The IKG places great importance on productive scientific exchange with our guests. Consequently a member of IKG staff must be willing and able to act as your contact person or supervisor for the duration of your visit. Ideally, the research interests of guest and host should match. Without a contact person or supervisor a study visit at IKG is not possible.
We recommend applicants take a look at the current projects listed on the IKG website and read about the topics and researchers involved. Most study visits come about through applicants contacting individual members of staff directly.
Applications should highlight the experience, knowledge, and skills that are relevant to a collaboration. Outline also what thematic plans you wish to pursue during a stay in Bielefeld and what you would expect from your contact person or supervisor at IKG.
Due to the structure of our projects and our capacity in terms of personnel and space, the number of available places for interns is limited. Please apply in writing at least six months in advance of the date when you would like your placement to begin.
We will discuss the individual details of your contribution with you. The duration of an internship is normally between a couple of weeks and several months, with working hours corresponding to full-time employment, but the details can be arranged flexibly to accommodate the Institute's capacity, examination schedules, and other considerations.
Accepting guests is a matter for the staff of the specific project to decide, in consultation with Institute management.
If we are currently offering any intern placements, you will find these here. Otherwise please get in touch directly with the member(s) of IKG responsible for the project. Our placements officer, Kurt Salentin, may be able to assist with organizational matters. Please note that Mr. Salentin cannot actively arrange internships or visits.
Your application should provide information on
What you think you could contribute to the IKG's work and projects
Why you are interested in this particular placement (interns only)
Your academic skills and qualifications
Practical skills, knowledge, and experience
Desired dates and working hours