Affiliated Fellowships

The Institute for Advanced Study at CEU (IAS CEU) is pleased to invite applications for Affiliated Fellowships for the academic year 2022/23. Scholars from all research areas of the social sciences and humanities, broadly defined, may apply for this status. Affiliated fellows typically use their own funding or external fellowships to spend their research period, or parts thereof, at IAS CEU. The minimum stay is 3 months.

IAS CEU is an independent Institute for Advanced Study. It is based at the Budapest Campus of Central European University. As of the Academic Year 2019/20 CEU is operating at two locations, the main university at the Vienna Campus and some institutes and centers at the Budapest Campus. Hosting its programs at the latter campus and in one of Central Europe's attractive cities, IAS CEU seeks to benefit from this new arrangement and to be part of the rich academic life and research generated in both places - from its premises in Budapest, as independent and yet integral part of the university and its location right in the center of city. While CEU was forced to move its accredited degree programs from Hungary to its new campus in Vienna, the Budapest Campus hosts, apart from the IAS, the bi-campus library,  the Open Society Archive (OSA), the Summer School Network (SUN), a number of research centres and projects and, since September 2020, CEU’s new Democracy Institute.

The Budapest Campus provides a stimulating environment in which fellows can devote themselves to research and share their work with peers through weekly seminars and other community programs. Fellows have access to all CEU facilities, including seminar and conference space, computer services and library resources. They benefit from CEU’s vibrant international atmosphere of the two campus arrangement, its strong regional ties in Central and Eastern Europe and its international scholarly networks. CEU facilitates the fellows’ engagement with CEU and with the Hungarian and Austrian, the regional and international scholarly communities by encouraging collaborative projects, organizing joint public lectures and related activities.

Affiliated Fellows are expected to reside in Budapest during their affiliation with the Institute, participate in the intellectual life of the Institute and pursue their research agenda.

Eligibility, qualifications, experience:

  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in the social sciences or humanities at the time of their application.
  • Only those with publications in internationally recognized scholarly outlets will be considered.
  • All nationalities are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants are expected to be able to communicate fluently in English as this is the working language of the Institute and CEU.

Terms and conditions:

Affiliated fellows do not receive a stipend and may or may not receive housing from the Institute. They may receive office space based on availability. Fellows are responsible for their own travel and health care provisions.

How to apply:

All applications must be submitted through our online application system.

Step 1: Prepare your application package: create a single pdf file no larger than 12 MBs containing all your application documents. The name of the pdf file should contain your name and the type of fellowship you are applying to 

(example: Doe, Jane_Affiliated Application.pdf).

Your application package should contain the following documents:

  • A cover letter (explaining why you would like to stay at the Institute and how you would contribute to the intellectual life at IAS CEU)
  • The abstract of your research project (max. 150 words)
  • A description of your research project (min. 1,000 - max. 2,500 words; the reference list is not included in the word count)
  • A CV (max. 5 pages)
  • A list of your most important publications, including up to 5 items for junior applicants and up to 15 items for senior applicants. 
  • For junior applicants ONLY: name and email address of two referees (for potential reference).

Step 2: Go to the Application Form at the IAS CEU website at, and fill in all your data as required.

Step 3: As a final step, upload your application package (pdf file), and submit your application.

Please note that you cannot save your work and continue filling in the form at a later time, so you are asked to submit your application when you have all information and materials ready!

Please note that incomplete applications, when either the webform is not filled in or the pdf application package is not included, will not be considered. Upon successful submission, you will receive an automated email confirmation of receipt of your application.

For further information regarding your application and for more info on IAS CEU, please visit: Questions and comments may be sent to:

Please kindly note that the IAS will not share the results of the evaluation process (reviews, scores) with the applicants.

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Application date
min. 3 months
Social sciences