Willy Brandt Small Research Grant 2021

The Foundation

For the fourth time, the Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation is awarding the Willy Brandt Small Research Grant. This year, the grant is shared between two researchers: Dr Marina Pérez de Arcos and Dr Christoph Jünke.

Dr Marina Pérez de Arcos from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Oxford dedicates her research to the significant and understudied relation between Willy Brandt and former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González. The research identifies the three key political-intellectual pillars that sustained their relationship – democracy, social democracy and internationalism. It also stresses the importance of the father-son relationship between Brandt and González. The Small Research Grant will support Dr Pérez de Arcos in funding final archive visits to London, Vienna and Madrid.

Dr Christoph Jünke lives and works as a historian in Bochum. He is chairman of the Leo-Kofler-Gesellschaft e.V. and in 2007 published an extensive study on the life and work of the German-Austrian social philosopher and social theorist Leo Kofler (1907-1995). Since then, Jünke has devoted his work to the European history of the 20th century, the history and theory of socialism and the German and international left. He is currently finishing his long-standing research project on “Viktor Agartz and German Post-War Politics” and is investigating the early history of the New Left. The Small Research Grant is intended to enable Dr Jünke to make final visits to archives and to finance his living expenses while he completes his work.

“It is important to our foundation to support young scientists and innovative research projects. We are very pleased to be able to award two scientists this year and support them in their work. We congratulate Marina Pérez de Arcos and Christoph Jünke. We wish them every success in completing their work and look forward to reading their final papers,” says Wolfram Hoppenstedt, Director of the Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation.

The Willy Brandt Small Research Grant is a short-term scholarship that is intended primarily to enable young scientists to complete an ongoing research project. Work that either deals directly with Willy Brandt’s work or legacy or with a chapter of contemporary history that is linked to him and his political work is eligible for funding.

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