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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 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 Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (Blinken 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 on individual research projects, which fit within the interdisciplinary research activities carried out at CEU DI and Blinken OSA and 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 Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives. For question and clarifications on the work of the DI please turn to Lilla Jakobs, jakobsl[at], and for Blinken OSA-related question please contact Katalin Gadoros, gadoros[at]

In addition, fellows are expected to work towards strengthening inter-institutional cooperation between the DI and Blinken OSA on the one hand and OSUN-affiliated higher education institutions, especially those in the ”Global South”, on the other. This could take a variety of forms: fellows may identify colleagues from any of the OSUN institutions they wish to collaborate with, or may propose initiatives for inter-institutional research, higher education projects ranging from joint research or curriculum development, the organization of summer schools, workshops and conferences, joint research projects as well as online and/or offline teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels within OSUN institutions. Preference will be given to applicants who have already demonstrated involvement with relevant local and/or global civic initiatives.

The fellowships require residence in Budapest for the duration of the grant.


Selection Procedure & Deadlines

The deadline for applications isDecember 15.

Eligibility and what is on offer:

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 defence who can demonstrate a strong complementarity between their current research project and ongoing research activities carried out at CEU DI or Blinken OSA.

Research grant offer:

  • Both types of fellowships 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.
  • These research grants are meant to provide full coverage for the scope of the research activity itself, travel to and from Budapest, a modest subsistence, and accommodation for the full fellowship period.

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 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 Blinken OSA in Budapest in carrying out their research project, and (b) what feasible initiatives they propose to strengthen cooperation in research and education among OSUN higher education institutions, and (c) what specific working groups or research projects at DI or Blinken 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 jakobsl[at] 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 the two co-directors of the CEU Democracy Institute and two senior researchers from CEU DI and Blinken OSA.

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