Calls for proposals

CEU academic staff members are invited to submit proposals for new teaching, research, or community engagement projects under the Intellectual Themes Initiative. The overarching aim of the initiative is to encourage innovative, cross-departmental and interdisciplinary activities at CEU.

The 8th ITI call for proposals for the academic year 2020/21 is now open.

We invite proposals for collaborative research projects, university-wide courses, interdepartmental certificate programs, and interdisciplinary joint PhD fellowships.

The application deadlines are:

January 15, 2020 for joint PhD fellowships,  and

February 15, 2020 for all other proposals.



Collaborative research projects - each proposal should be developed and submitted by at least three resident academic staff membersfrom at least two academic units (i.e. schools and departments, research units, or academic support units) or by two resident academic staff members and one visiting/non-CEU academic staff from two different academic units. Involvement of students, especially PhD students and post-doctoral fellows is strongly encouraged. Participation of external partners is also welcome.

University-wide courses (UWCs) - applications should be submitted by one or more resident academic staff members from one or more academic units. Co-teaching and team teaching is encouraged, but at least one Course Leader is expected to attend all sessions to ensure continuity and academic quality and coherence in course delivery. The respective academic unit heads should be informed and/or consulted about the planned UWCs. Course leaders should also secure the agreement of at least 5 departments to cross-list the course.

Interdepartmental certificate programs – proposals for interdepartmental advanced certificate programs should be submitted by faculty members from at least two academic units upon approval from respective unit heads.  Advanced certificates are non-degree cross- or inter-disciplinary programs that span across academic units and are open to enrolled students from various degree programs. In line with the NYSED regulations, advanced certificates must be based on courses that form part of one or more of registered CEU degree programs. For more information about certificates, see:  as well as the Policy on establishing, operating and modifying degree programs at CEU.

Joint PhD fellowships - applications should be submitted by two resident academic staff members from two different CEU departments. All proposals should be submitted in coordination with the respective unit heads. PhD fellows under this scheme will be expected to collaborate on their research projects and work under the joint supervision of two faculty members.  Successful proposals will result in two scholarships (equivalent of standard CEU Doctoral Scholarship) added to the regular departmental allocations. Joint PhD fellows should still be based in one of the participating academic units and obtain their degrees within CEU's already established doctoral degree programs.



All types of collaborative research projects are eligible if they correspond with the objectives of the Initiative and promote cross-departmental collaboration. Only innovative interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, or trans-disciplinary proposals will be considered.

Proposals for university-wide courses (UWCs) should target a wide group of CEU students from different departments.  UWCs are diverse content-wise, however, in order to be relevant for all CEU students, they should fit in one or more of the following categories:

  1. Courses focusing on research methods and epistemology
  2. Courses focusing on contemporary academic topics approached from different disciplinary perspectives (advanced interdisciplinary seminars that are co-taught). 
  3. Courses grounded in one discipline but relevant for students from across CEU departments
  4. Courses focusing on more practical types of skills



Submitted applications will be evaluated by an internal selection committee appointed by the Rector in consultation with the Provost and Pro-Rector for Social Sciences and Humanities.



All expenses directly related to research projects are eligible, considering that they are realistic and in line with the expected results. This excludes salaries for personnel who are already in a contractual relationship with CEU. Projects with matching funding or co-funding are also welcome.

In the case of proposals for UWCs and interdepartmental advanced certificates, funds are available for hiring teaching assistants (if justified), inviting guest lecturers, and acquiring relevant teaching materials.

Successful Joint PhD Fellowship proposals will result in an extra two PhD tuition and scholarship packages for three academic years in total; one for each hosting department.



All applicants should use the revised and simplified application form, which is available at the bottom of this page.  

Applications need to be submitted electronically to by the set deadlines: 

15 JANUARY 2020 - for interdisciplinary joint PhD fellowships

15 FEBRUARY 2020 - for all other types of proposals


For more information, please write to the ITI team at: