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Call for Applications: Fully Funded PhD Fellowship in the Gerda Henkel Research Program “Democracy in East Central European Utopianism”

Central European University invites applications for a fully funded PhD Fellowship starting in the 2022/2023 academic year in the Gerda Henkel research program "Democracy in East Central European Utopianism" hosted by the CEU Democracy Institute (Budapest).

While being a research affiliate of the CEU Democracy Institute, the Fellow will pursue a PhD in Comparative History or Political Science and will be funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation’s AZ01/DE/21 Grant. The PhD will be co-supervised by a CEU faculty member and the project’s Principal Investigator Professor Zsolt Czigányik.

Duration and Funding:

The selected applicant will receive a monthly living allowance of 1600 EUR together with an overseas allowance of 400 EUR per month for the duration of 36 months, with access to additional research funds covered by the Gerda Henkel project.


Central European University, Vienna, Austria (for course work and other relevant graduation requirements); CEU Democracy Institute, Budapest, Hungary.

Application Process:

Interested candidates are invited to the PhD in Comparative History or Political Science. In addition to meeting the general CEU admissions requirements, applicants should submit letters of recommendation from three professors familiar with their post-graduate work, a three-page research proposal, as well as a motivation letter (200-400 words) indicating that they are applying for the ‘Democracy in East Central European Utopianism’ research scheme funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. The topic of the proposal should fall within the broad thematic focus of the program as described below, and should address issues of method and substance, as well as previous work done in the field, in appropriate detail. Applications are welcome from candidates with a Master's degree that includes a Master's thesis.

Application deadline: February 1, 2022 (23:59CET)

The ideal candidate is a person holding an MA in either history or political science, preferably with a demonstrable knowledge in the history or politics of modern East Central Europe. An affinity to the analysis of literary texts is an advantage, as well as an interest (and preferably experience) in analyzing utopian and other political texts. The knowledge of English and an East Central European language (other than Hungarian) is a necessity, Latin is an advantage., The ideal candidate has knowledge and interest in the 19-20th century history of political thought or political ideologies in Europe, preferably in East Central Europe. The PhD research proposal will need to correspond to the current project. The appointee will hold the position of a doctoral student, and will join an interdisciplinary research team that investigates 19th and 20th century East Central European utopian literature.

Please see the Call for Applications for further particulars and how to apply here.

For more information on the thematic area contact Professor Zsolt Czigányik at

For more information on the application process, see here.

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