CGS Bonn
Uni Bonn

EmPOWER! Politics, Policy, and Personality

Our project on gender equality in IB research is going into its second round! As part of our research on power and global power shifts, the project EmPOWER! Politics, Policy, and Personality aims to increase the visibility of those who identify as female in academia.

Susan Strange Young Scholar Award

The Susan Strange Young Scholar Award is aimed at all female students who have submitted an excellent thesis with a research focus on international relations.

The topic of this year’s competition is: The Future of World Order(s) in Times of Unrest

Which factors lead to the stabilization or changes of global order(s)? In what ways have world orders changed in the past? And what is/will be the shape of global orders today and tomorrow? More than ever before, the established world order seems to be under attack. Be it the Covid-19 pandemic, aggressive political personalities, rising powers on the political scene, or the various international security crises of recent times. Revisionist tendencies are visible both within states and at the interstate level, with the Covid-19 pandemic proving to be a catalyst of these developments.

After our jury of experts will have selected the best among the submitted theses, we cordially invite you to a digital conference, during which you will have the opportunity to present your results both to an expert audience and to the public. The best entry will receive the Susan Strange Young Scholar Award. All winning papers will be published in an anthology.

Submission is open to all bachelor’s or master’s theses submitted at any institution of higher education in German or English. The thesis must have been submitted between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. The deadline for submission is December 15, 2021. Please send your thesis and all other required documents to (contact: Dr. Hendrik W. Ohnesorge and Christiane Heidbrink M.A.). If you want to learn more about last year’s competition and its winner, we have compiled all information here.

We look forward to receiving your theses!
Find all necessary information here:

If you have any questions, we, Christiane Heidbrink M.A. and Dr. Hendrik W. Ohnesorge, will of course be happy to assist you at or at +49 228 / 73-60278.

Our project is supported by a generous grant from the Equal Opportunities Office of the University of Bonn. An Academic Advisory Board chaired by Professor Dr Volker Kronenberg, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Bonn, ensures the scientific excellence of the work. Members are:

  • Professor Dr. Claudia Wich-Reif, Deputy Equal Opportunities Officer of the Faculty of Philosophy
  • Professor Dr. Grit Straßenberger, Political Theory and History of Ideas, IPWS
  • Professor Dr. Xuewu Gu, International Relations, IPWS, Director of the Center for Global Studies
  • Professor Dr Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director of the German Development Institute

Selection Committee of the Susan Strange Young Scholar Award

The selection of the winners is made by an independent committee consisting of members of the academic „Mittelbau“ of the Bonn Institute for Political Science and Sociology. The chairman of the selection committee is Dr Hendrik Ohnesorge. Members are:

  • Dr. Philipp Adorf
  • Dr. Alice Barth
  • Dr. Manuel Becker
  • Clara Dinkelbach
  • Dr Fabian Fries
  • Dr Eva Marlene Hausteiner
  • Dr Ying Huang
  • Dr Shushanik Minasyan
  • Dr Andrej Pustovitovskij
  • Dr Robert Stüwe

Why is the promotion of young female scholars so important? We asked the project’s Academic Advisory Board and the selection committee of the Susan Strange Young Scholar Award. You can find their answers in the gallery:

Prof. Dr. Volker Kronenberg

Letzte Aktualisierung: 5. November 2021