VSP-IAS Fellowship

Application deadline date: 
March 30, 2019
Starting date : 
January 1, 2020

The Visual Studies Platform (VSP) and the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University (IAS CEU) invite applications for a four month VSP-IAS Fellowship for the Academic Year 2019/2020. The residential fellowship is offered on a competitive basis to a scholar whose research engages innovatively with various visual media including photography, film, new media, animation and other digital technologies.

VSP is an interdisciplinary initiative designed to explore and promote innovative approaches to research and teaching visual imagery in the humanities and social sciences and foster expertise in this area across the university. Potential candidates are encouraged to check the VSP website and contact VSP for more information.
IAS CEU is a university-based institute for advanced study. It provides a stimulating environment in which fellows can devote themselves to research and share their work with peers through weekly seminars and other community programs.

Duties and responsibilities:
The fellow will teach one 2-credit course (12 sessions, 100 min classroom time each) in Winter 2019/2020 (January-April) in the Visual Theory and Practice Advanced Certificate Program that is open to all students of the university on the Budapest campus. Students pursuing the Visual Theory and Practice Certificate may be enrolled in any department of the university, with their particular research area having a strong visual component. In addition to teaching the course, the successful candidate is expected to mentor graduate students working with visual media, to help advance the development of visual studies at CEU, and to be involved with VSP and IAS activities.

The fellowship includes:
The teaching fellow receives gross 6321 EUR for the assignment that includes teaching, supervising students, and participating in the VSP activities for 3 months and 1500 EUR research grant for 1 month (the total duration of residence in Budapest is 4 months). VSP provides accommodation for the teaching fellow at IAS' Wallenberg Guesthouse upon availability. In case Guesthouse accommodation is not available, VSP contributes additional 500 EUR monthly towards housing costs on the basis of a rental contract. VSP also provides shared office space on CEU premises upon availability and support from the Visual Studies Platform and CEU Mirabeau Media Lab. Awarded fellows are responsible for their own travel arrangements, health insurance, and maintenance costs. Fellows are required to be in continuous residence for the duration of the scholarship.


  • university degree in visual culture, film studies, digital media or related fields (PhD level)
  • recognized scholarly and professional work
  • demonstrated successful graduate-level teaching experience
  • ability to contribute to curriculum development for visual studies
  • fluency in English

We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit in one PDF:

  • a comprehensive CV with 2 references
  • a cover letter which indicates the activity plan during the residence and intended contribution to the Visual Studies Platform teaching and public programs
  • a document which describes a research project to be developed while in residence at CEU (max 1,500 words)
  • a proposed course syllabus to be taught as part of the Visual Theory and Practice curriculum

The selection will be based on the submitted materials. However, the Selection Committee reserves the right to ask for further elaboration of the project or proposed course as well as for letters of recommendation and/or a Skype interview.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Szilvi Nemet, VSP Coordinator at vsp@ceu.edu.
Please send your complete application package to:
advert008@ceu.edu - including job code in subject line: 2019/008

About CEU

Central European University (CEU) is a graduate research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is accredited in the United States and Hungary. CEU’s mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and other emerging democracies throughout the world. CEU offers both master’s and doctoral programs, and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of more than 180 resident faculty, from over 50 countries, and a large number of prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

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