Deadline: 10 October 2012; 10 January 2013; 10 April 2013
Open to: Researchers, students after their second degree carrying out research, or artists, journalists, and academics preferably (but not exclusively) from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, or Poland.
Fellowship: €2,000 for travel to/from Budapest, modest subsistence and accommodation for a research period of two months.
The International Visegrad Fund in cooperation with the Open Society Archivum Budapest offers research fellowships at the Open Society Archives (OSA) at the Central European University in Budapest. As part of the joint project, 12 fellowships will be awarded annually to selected scholars, researchers or journalists from the Visegrad Group countries (Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland) and 3 fellowships annually to non-V4 applicants.
The fellowships will be given on a competitive basis to scholars/artists/journalists who wish to conduct research at OSA, and whose current research projects are relevant to the holdings and the given research priorities of the Fund and the Archivum. The scholarship of €2,000 is designed to provide access to the archives for scholars, artists, and journalists, and to cover travel to and from Budapest, a modest subsistence, and accommodation for a research period of two months. Scholarships for shorter periods are pro-rated.
Applicants, preferably but not exclusively, from a V4 country, may be researchers, students after their second degree carrying out research, or artists, journalists, academics, or others, who have already started their project that is relevant for the holdings at OSA.
The successful candidates of each category will work at the OSA during their term of research and at the end of the research period they will present their individual research findings to the community of the Central European University, within the framework of the Visegrad Fund Fellow Lecture Series. OSA will publish the final research report, either in text or in audio-visual format, on the webpage of OSA/Visegrad Fund.
Fellows are free to work on the project of their choice, however, in the academic year of 2012-2013, applicants with the following topics might enjoy advantage over other applicants:
Research topics for academic year 2012/2013:
- History of science and technology in East and Central Europe between 1945–1989
- The social welfare state: Its financial foundations and social consequences
- Statistics, surveys, empirical studies: Production of facts and data under communism
- Contextual analysis of conspiracy theories and urban legends under communism
- The emergence of human rights movements and the fall of communist regimes in East-Central Europe
- October 10, 2012
- January 10, 2013
- April 10, 2013
- Application letter in English (including the expected period of stay and preferred dates)
- Research description/plan in English (about 800 words; should indicate relationship between the current research topic, the chosen collection in the OSA holdings and the applicant’s research, the intended use of text based or audio-visual research results, etc.); artists are expected to submit a portfolio, too
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Proof of officially recognized advanced level English language exam (if not native speaker)
- Names of two referees with contact address.
The Selection Committee will evaluate proposals four times a year, on the basis of the professional quality and novelty of the research proposal, and its relevance to the chosen topic.