IAS, Botstiber Establish Transatlantic Fellowship Program

CEU and the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation have established a three-year Botstiber Fellowship in Transatlantic Austrian and Central European Relationships program to be housed at the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University (IAS CEU). The call for applications for the inaugural round, beginning in September 2017, is now open. Junior and senior scholars from around the world with PhDs and publications in internationally recognized scholarly outlets are eligible for three- to ten-month fellowships at IAS CEU. Fellowships are available for all scholarly work related to the historical, political or economic, and cultural relationship between the United States and present-day Austria or the countries that historically make up the Austro-Hungarian or Austrian Empires.

The program aims to strengthen and highlight scholarship on imperial and post-imperial Austria. Of particular importance are issues of transfer, migration, and exchange, as evidenced in Austria's special relationship to the U.S., direct and indirect, building upon outstanding international scholarship at IAS CEU on related topics.

“CEU is very pleased to be partnering with the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation to help advance a historical understanding between the U.S. and both present-day Austria as well as the areas that formerly make up the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian Empires," said Nadia Al-Bagdadi, director of the IAS CEU. "With its strong track record of facilitating advanced research on related topics and supporting fellows and access to collections and facilities at CEU, within Hungary and beyond, including neighboring Austria, the Institute is ideally positioned to partner with the Foundation to expand and deepen its impact through advanced research on these topics.”

At IAS CEU, Botstiber Fellows will share their work with peers through weekly seminars and other community programs intended to foster an interdisciplinary intellectual community.

“Dietrich Botstiber’s concern for trans-Atlantic understanding was reflected in his life experiences and in his Indenture of Trust where he authorized the use of funds to facilitate scholarship in this area," said Terrance A. Kline, trustee and administrator of the DWBF. "To that end, we are honored to work with CEU to establish an international fellowship program for outstanding junior and senior scholars from around the world to advance this understanding.”

The CEU library contains the largest English-language holdings in the social sciences and humanities in Central and Eastern Europe and has state-of-the-art electronic equipment and data retrieval tools, all of which are available to IAS fellows. Moreover, the interlibrary loan system allows fellows to request literature from other relevant libraries as well, including major libraries in Vienna and elsewhere in Austria. The renowned Open Society Archives is an archive and center for research and education with collections and activities related to the period after the Second World War, the history of the formerly communist countries, human rights and war crimes. Fellows live together in the Raoul Wallenberg Guesthouse, located in the historical Castle District of Buda, a World Heritage area and walking distance from the University and downtown Budapest.

The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation, headquartered in Media, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1995 by the late Dietrich W. Botstiber. His charitable intentions were to provide scholarships to talented students of good moral character in the fields of science, technology and commerce; to promote an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria; and to support programs that prevent cruelty to animals and human beings. For further information on the Botstiber Foundation, please visit: http://botstiber.org/.

The Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University (IAS CEU) has as its primary mission to support excellent scholars in their pursuit of knowledge in a multidisciplinary scholarly environment. Each year, IAS CEU invites some 20 researchers in the social sciences and humanities to spend 3 to 10 months as fellows working on their own research projects. Visiting scholars benefit from the University’s academic and technical resources and from the vibrant cultural and intellectual scene in Budapest. IAS CEU seeks to build connections among its fellows, CEU faculty, and local and regional academic institutions to facilitate high-level interdisciplinary cooperation. For further information on IAS CEU, please visit: http://ias.ceu.edu/.