Max Planck Foundation offers a forum for intensive academic exchange for Afghan scholars in the last stages of their Ph.D. research
Nine Afghan Ph.D. candidates came to visit the Max Planck Foundation in Heidelberg at the beginning of March. These guest academics participated in a two-days intensive workshop presenting and defending their research. The workshop was headed by Professor Dr. Rüdiger Wolfrum, Managing Director of the Max Planck Foundation, and Professor Dr. Alexander Peukert of Goethe University Frankfurt.
In addition, the doctoral candidates also benefitted during their stay in Heidelberg from the Foundation’s research facilities and the library of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.
These nine Afghan academics are scholarship recipients of the Hamida-Barmaki Scholarship Programme for Ph.D. Students, which is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. During this four-year programme, scholarship recipients not only work on their doctoral thesis, but also fulfil an important multiplier function in their roles as lecturers at their home universities in Afghanistan.