About the special programme
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation's scholarship department offers special programme lines in addition to the regular funding programme. We want to draw attention to current liberal priorities.
The Scholarship Department of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is currently offering a scholarship on the topic: The Development of the FDP in the New Federal States from 1990 to 2005.
The doctoral scholarship will run from April 1st 2022. You can apply from October 1st to October 31st 2021.
For more contextual information, please visit the Commission for the History of Parliamentarism and Political Parties.
Should you have any queries regarding the content, the head of the Archive of Liberalism, Prof. Dr. Dr. Ewald Grothe is available via email.
Basic funding is subject to the general guidelines for doctoral scholarships.
About the topic
Constitution and development of the FDP in the new federal states 1989/90 to 2005
The doctoral fellowship is intended for the development of a study on the FDP, which is part of a research project initiated by the Commission for Parliamentarism and Political Parties (KGParl, Berlin). In the research area "Parties and the Party System after 1990" the constitution and transformation of the parties as well as the establishment of party-political structures in the new German states after the system transformation in 1989 will be examined. Among other things, the project will examine the different expectations in East and West and the competing influence of West German "mentor parties" in building the "East German party system". The study also examines the effects and repercussions of this process on the party system as a whole (co-transformation), such as its greater fragmentation.
The frame of reference for the planned studies is, on the one hand, the change in the party landscape after the end of the East-West conflict in Europe as a whole and, on the other, the specific German manifestations of the system transformation. The period under study ranges from the phase of party constitution and consolidation after 1989 to the reactions to the announcements of comprehensive social reforms in 2005, which led to rapidly visible political changes, particularly in the new German states.
The project is accompanied in terms of content by the archive directors of the political foundations.