Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Research Fellowships 2017, Institute for Human Sciences, Austria

Publish Date: Apr 19, 2017

Deadline: Apr 28, 2017

Alexander Herzen Fellowships

The Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Fellowships, are jointly awarded by the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation and the IWM to excellent young researchers in the humanities and social sciences from the Siberian, Ural and Far-Eastern federal districts, and the Voronezh, Lipetsk, Belgorod, Ryazan and Kaluga regions.

The aim of the program is to:

  • support highly qualified and promising academics, giving them access to an international and multi-disciplinary research community as well as an excellent research infrastructure
  • provide a fertile environment for their individual development and professional advancement
  • strengthen academic mobility and the integration of junior researchers into the international research community, enabling them to broaden their professional network.


Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Fellows are selected on the basis of an open competition. Fellows are expected to work “in residence” at the IWM for the duration of their fellowship, and to pursue their individual research projects as members of the Institute’s international, multidisciplinary scholarly community.

Three Junior Visiting Fellows will be invited to spend a six-month research term at the IWM between July 2017 and June 2018. The exact dates will be negotiated individually with each fellow.

Fellows work on their research projects independently and autonomously. They are asked to present and discuss their ongoing research in a seminar and/or at the Junior Visiting Fellows’ Conference (in English). The papers presented at these conferences are published online as an edited volume on the IWM website.

In addition, the IWM organizes a broad program of lectures, debates, workshops and conferences and encourages the fellows to take part. Working language at the Institute (i.e. for lectures, seminars, workshops) is English.

At the end of their stay, Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Fellows receive a certificate confirming the nature, duration and other relevant details of their research period at the IWM. Each fellow is required to submit a report to the Institute and the Foundation upon completion of the fellowship term. If the fellow does not comply with this requirement, the Foundation reserves the right to reclaim the grant.

The IWM  provides fellows with an office, including access to internet, in-house research and administrative facilities as well as other services free of charge. The Institute will help to arrange suitable accommodation in Vienna.

The fellows will receive a grant (stipend) of EUR 12.700 in total to cover all expenses related to their stay in Vienna. This includes

  • travel costs to/from Vienna at the beginning and end of the fellowships
  • fees and other costs for obtaining a visa
  • health insurance coverage for Austria
  • housing costs in Vienna
  • local transport in Vienna
  • administrative costs at the IWM (general fee, copies, phone charges)
  • research-related costs (books and other material; travel, accommodation and other costs for participation in conferences or archival research, etc.)
  • general living expenses (food, all other incidentals).


Candidates for the Fellowships:

  • must have completed a degree equivalent to a Master of Arts (M.A.) in the humanities or social sciences and currently pursue a post-graduate degree in the humanities or social sciences
  • or must have recently obtained a Ph.D. in the humanities or social sciences and work as post-doctoral researchers
  • must not be older than 35 years
  • must have experience in working on research projects independently
  • must have advanced English language proficiency, allowing them to present and discuss their research in English
  • must live, study and work in the Siberian, Ural and Far-Eastern federal districts, and the Voronezh, Lipetsk, Belgorod, Ryazan and Kaluga regions

Entry-level students who have not completed a Master’s degree are not eligible!

The program is generally open to all research topics within the humanities and social sciences. However, to facilitate opportunities for academic exchange between fellows at the IWM, proposals related to one of the Institute’s main research fields are strongly encouraged.


Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Fellows are selected on the basis of an open competition. Candidates must submit the following materials:

  • the application form (Russian and English versions)
  • a motivation letter summarizing the applicant’s qualification and experiences as well as the professional/academic advancement expected from the fellowship
  • a concise research proposal in Russian and English (max. 4 pages)
  • a curriculum vitae in Russian and English
  • a sample of an academic publication written by the applicant
  • three letters of recommendation by scholars familiar with the applicant’s academic work

Please submit your application (one printed copy and a complete electronic version on any data medium) to:

Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation
123104, Moscow,
Tverskoy Bulvar 13, bldg 1

Or electronically to:

Applications sent after the deadline or incomplete applications will not be considered. The Foundation will neither return any materials sent by the applicants, nor justify the motives of refusal of applications.


Each eligible application will be evaluated by an expert jury according to the following selection criteria:

  • overall academic qualification and achievements of the candidate
  • quality and relevance of the proposed research project
  • potential benefit of a research stay at the IWM for the proposed project

Applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision in June 2017.

Members of the Jury

  • János Mátyás Kovács, Permanent Fellow at the IWM; Member of the Institute of Economics at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
  • Ivan Krastev, Permanent Fellow at the IWM; Chair of the Board of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Alexei Miller, Leading Research Fellow at the Institute for Scientific Information of the Russian Academy of Sciences; recurrent Visiting Professor at the Department of History, Central European University, Budapest
  • Irina Prokhorova, Editor-in-chief of the New Literary Observer; Co-Founder and Chairman of the Expert Board of the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation

The jury is not required to justify its decisions. The fellows selected will sign a contract with the Foundation in which the conditions and requirements of the grant will be specified.

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