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Call for Applications: CEU Budapest – OSUN Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships

The CEU Budapest-OSUN Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships provide an opportunity for individual research grant support of up to 8 doctoral students and 6 junior scholars within 7 years of their PhD defense to spend between 4 and 12 months in Budapest at the CEU Democracy Institute (DI) or the Open Society Archives (OSA). The doctoral students need to be affiliated with an OSUN institution at the moment of application. The same requirement does not apply to post-doctoral scholars. OSUN is a network of higher education institutions aiming at creating a long-lasting network with deep partnerships among diverse institutions committed to addressing global challenges collaboratively.

Fellows will work independently on their own individual research projects, which fit within the interdisciplinary research activities carried out at CEU DI and OSA. They will thus contribute in full to the intellectual life of their host institution. For more information please have a look at the research groups of the CEU Democracy Institute and the ‘what we do’ section of the Open Society Archives. For question and clarifications on the work of the DI please turn to Lilla Jakobs, jakobsl[at], and for OSA-related question please contact Katalin Gadoros, gadoros[at]

Eligibility, requirements, and what is on offer:

The fellowships require residence in Budapest for the duration of the grant. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2021.

The Fellowship is structured in two tracks:

  • The CEU Budapest-OSUN Doctoral Fellowship is open to PhD candidates currently enrolled in a doctoral program in a relevant social science discipline in an OSUN-affiliated higher education institution. Priority will be given to those who no longer receive doctoral stipends and/or will be stopping the receipt of doctoral stipends for the duration of this research grant.
  • The CEU Budapest-OSUN Postdoctoral Fellowship is open globally to junior scholars up to 7 years after their thesis defense who can demonstrate a strong complementarity between their current research project and ongoing research activities carried out at CEU DI or OSA.

Research grant offer:

  • Both types of individual research grants can begin on 1 April 2022 at the earliest but no later than 1 October 2022.
  • CEU Budapest-OSUN Doctoral Fellowship recipients can expect a research grant in a range of 1,500 – 2,000 USD per month
  • CEU Budapest-OSUN Post-doctoral Fellowship recipients can expect a research grant in a range of 2,700 – 3,200 USD per month.

The application package should comprise the following:

  • Applicant’s detailed CV with a full list of academic publications and contacts of three colleagues familiar with the candidate’s work for eventual references
  • A cover letter of up to 1.500 words, containing a description of the individual research project the applicant intends to pursue in Budapest and specifying the expected duration of the fellowship (between 4 and 12 months). The cover letter should also explain (a) how the candidate will benefit from their stay at DI or OSA in Budapest in carrying out their own research project, and (b) what specific working groups or research projects at DI or OSA the candidate would like to be affiliated with and why. Information should be provided on the tentative start date of the grant.
  • For CEU doctoral students, an approval of the application by their respective department/program is required.

Applicants should send their complete application material in a single pdf file to Lilla Jakobs at CEU Democracy Institute with the mention “CEU Budapest-OSUN Postdoc Fellowship” or “CEU Budapest-OSUN Doctoral Fellowship” in the subject of the email. Applications will be evaluated by a Selection Panel consisting of senior academic staff of the CEU Democracy Institute and OSA.

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-to late January 2022.