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Humanities Initiative Fellowships at CEU 2017-2018, Hungary

Publish Date: Sep 20, 2016

Deadline: Oct 24, 2016


Central European University and the university-based Institute for Advanced Study (IAS CEU) are pleased to announce a call for applications for their Humanities Initiative Fellowship, a joint research and teaching program for the academic year 2017/18. As part of CEU’s commitment to both the humanities and interdisciplinary teaching and research, the University launched this initiative in spring 2014. he Initiative provides incentives for new cross-departmental and interdisciplinary research and teaching activities in the humanities, and to infuse CEU social science programs with perspectives, approaches and accomplishments taken from the humanities. The Humanities Initiative Fellowship serves the purpose of opening up new fields of research or curricula not currently pursued at CEU. 

Selection Criteria 

Fellows are chosen by a rigorous selection process, which includes stages of pre-selection and peer reviews as well as a final decision made jointly by an independent, interdisciplinary and international Academic Advisory Board and the relevant teaching unit. 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. A primary criterion for selection is the expectation that each fellow’s stay at the Institute will yield original and significant research results. 


  • PhD in hand by the starting of the fellowship, September 1, 2017 in any area of the humanities.
  • A good track record of publications and a promising, innovative research project.
  • Preference will be given to applications that can demonstrate a promising connection to one of CEU’s new or established research foci.
  • No visiting, research or teaching position at CEU since September 2011.

Terms and conditions

The remuneration includes accommodation at the Raoul Wallenberg Guesthouse for the entire 10 months and a net stipend/salary of 1,500 Euros per month (15,000 Euros total). We do not cover travel and utility costs in the Guesthouse, or the cost of health insurance in Budapest. 

Fellows are expected to be in residence in Budapest and participate actively in the life of the IAS including its weekly seminar/luncheon as well as its social events scattered throughout the year. In the Fall or Winter semesters in addition to participating in the life of the Institute, fellows are expected to teach a 12-week, 4-credit course or two 2-credit courses.  In the other two semesters fellows pursue their research without teaching obligations but will be expected to continue their cooperation with CEU students and faculty. 


You will be required to submit the following material: 

  1. A completed online application form
  2. A cover letter of no more than 1,000 words in which you describe what courses you propose to teach and what kinds of connections you envision between your research and teaching agenda and faculty/ departments / research groups at CEU. Please also describe your teaching experience.
  3. The abstract of your research project (max. 150 words)
  4. The description of your research project (min. 1,000 – max. 2,500 words; the reference list is not included in the word count)
  5. The syllabus of the proposed course (around 2 pages), including:
  • the course title
  • the abstract (50-80 words)
  • the description and structure of the course
  • a 12-week based course structure (including at this point only one or two titles)
  • A CV including a list of up to 5 of your most importanat publications and a list of courses taught in the past 5 years, as well as the name and email address of two referees (for potential reference).

Please upload items 2, 4 and 5 as one document.

How to apply

You must use online application system to apply for the Humanities Initiative Fellowship.

Applicants will be notified when their applications have been received. Successful candidates will be informed between February and March 2017. All others will be notified of the result of the evaluation process by March 31, 2017 the latest. We will not share reviews with the applicants. 

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