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Junior and Senior Core Fellowships at CEU Budapest Institute for Advanced Study

The Institute for Advanced Study at CEU (IAS CEU) is pleased to invite applications for its core junior and senior fellowship programs for the academic year 2019/20. Fellowships are available in all research areas of the social sciences and humanities, broadly defined. Fellowships run for the full 9-month period (Oct-June), for the 3- month short fall semester (October-December), the 5-month fall semester (Oct- February) or the 6-month spring semester (Jan-June). 

Each year, IAS CEU selects some 15 fellows for this program. Fellows are chosen through a rigorous selection process, which includes stages of pre-selection and peer reviews as well as a final decision made by an independent, interdisciplinary and international Academic Advisory Board. The Institute is committed to the pursuit of cutting edge interdisciplinary scholarship and will seek innovative research proposals. Young scholars with demonstrable promise of excellence will be considered; established senior scholars are expected to have solid records of first rate scholarship. All disciplines are welcome. A primary criterion for selection is the expectation that each fellow’s stay at the Institute will yield original and significant research results. 

IAS CEU is an independent Institute for Advanced Study. It is based at the Budapest campus of Central European University. It 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, its strong ties in the region of Central and Eastern Europe and its location right in the center of Budapest. IAS CEU facilitates the fellows’ engagement with CEU and the Hungarian, regional and international scholarly community by encouraging collaborative projects, organizing joint public lectures and related activities.

Scholars at IAS CEU receive accommodation in the Raoul Wallenberg Guesthouse and a monthly stipend. Fellows are expected to reside in Budapest during their fellowship year, 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.
  • Junior fellows must have obtained a Ph.D. degree issued in 2012 or later and must apply for the junior fellowship. Candidates who obtained their Ph.D. before 2012 are considered “senior” and must apply for the senior fellowship. 
  • Full time CEU employees and students are not eligible to apply for 5 years after the ending of their studies/contract (degrees must have been received and contracts must have ended by December 31, 2014 or earlier).
  • Part time/temporary employees of CEU are not eligible for 1 year after their contract ended (their contract must have ended by December 31, 2018 or earlier).
  • Former fellows of IAS CEU or former Collegium Budapest are not eligible to apply until a period of 7 years has passed since their previous fellowship. Applications may be considered only in exceptional cases.
  • 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

Senior fellows receive a net monthly stipend of 2,600 Euros and junior fellows receive a net monthly stipend of 1,500 Euros to help support their stay in Budapest. In addition, all fellows and their families receive housing at the Raoul Wallenberg Guesthouse. Utilities at the Guesthouse will be charged to the Fellows. Fellows are also responsible for their own travel and health care provisions.

How to apply?

The deadline for application is October 7, 2019.

All applications must be submitted through our online application system. This year’s application form will be open starting from 30 May, 2019. 

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: “Application John Smith – Core Junior Fellowship”) 

Your application package should contain the following documents:

  • A letter of intent (max 1,500 words)
  • 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 including a list of up to 5 (in case of junior applicants) and up to 15 (in the case of senior applicants) of your most important publications. For junior applicants ONLY: the name and email address of two referees (for potential reference).

Step 2: Go to the Application Form for the Academic Year 2020/21 at the IAS CEU website 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! Incomplete forms, or applications submitted in any other way than what is described in this Call will not be considered.

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. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your application shortly from IAS.

Please also note that if you wish to apply to IAS for more than one fellowship type, you should fill in and send a separate application for each (choosing the relevant category each time in “Fellowship type”) 

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (CET) on October 7, 2019. 

Applicants will be notified when their applications have been received. Successful candidates will be informed between February and March 2020. All others will be notified of the result of the evaluation process by the end of April 2020 the latest. We will not share reviews with the applicants.

CEU is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Application date
3-9 months
Europe : Hungary
Social sciences
Required post-doc experience
Between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
Ca. 15
Award granted
Junior: € 1.500/month; senior: € 2.600/month + accommodation