Call for Workshop Scholarships: International Workshop on Mobilization for Change: Human Rights and the Empowerment of the Marginalized


Date: Sept. 3, 2016 - Sept. 8, 2016

Venue: Bonn, Germany

Right Livelihood College (RLC), TISS announces information on call for applications for PhD workshop scholarships at Right Livelihood College (RLC), Bonn, Germany. The workshop is on "Mobilization for Change: Human Rights and the Empowerment of the Marginalized” from september 3-8, 2016. Last date for applications is June 19, 2016.


The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is a global education and research initiative of universities and the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize" ( The RLC Campus in Bonn is hosted by the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It provides transdisciplinary education and research in fields of social justice, poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability in the Global South (

The workshop:
The workshop will take place from September 3-8, 2016, at ZEF in Bonn. Distinguished scientists, practitioners and PhD students from all over the world will be participating together with Laureates of the “Alternative Nobel Prize”. Workshop language is English.

The workshop will focus on research and practice concerned with human rights and marginalized people in Asia and Africa. Concepts and approaches of human rights, empowerment and marginalization will be discussed in applied development contexts. Case studies of participatory empirical research will be presented, discussed and analysed in a cohesive transdisciplinary way by building on each participants’ expertise and experience.

The workshop will target the following objectives:

  • to strengthen knowledge and understanding of concepts and methods of human rights research,
  • to critically assess its role in the empowerment of marginalized people in developing contexts in Asia and Africa,
  • to showcase initiatives considered successful and to discuss empirical research findings concerned, and
  • to promote transmission of expertise and experience as well as networking between Laureates of the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, PhD students and other experts working on human rights and the empowerment of marginalized people.

The DAAD workshop scholarships will cover all costs for international and national travel, hotel accommodation, catering, and working materials. The workshop will be embedded in a variety of social and cultural side-events.

How to apply?

Your application should consist of:

  • the filled-out application form. Download the form here:
  • a 300 word abstract (in English) of your PhD project

The deadline is June 19, 2016. You will be informed about the decision of the selection committee until June 24.

Please send your applications via e-mail to: Dr. Till Stellmacher:

For any further information, Dr. Swati Banerjee, Co-ordinator, Right Livelihood College (RLC), TISS can be contacted at sbanerjee[at]tiss[dot]edu

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