2018-19 CEU/HESP Research Excellence Fellowship

Deadline for applications: 10 May 2018

Program Description

Central European University (CEU) invites applications for the Research Excellence Fellowship program for Winter and Spring terms of the academic year 2018-19.

The Visiting Fellowship Program supports collaborations and linkages between CEU departments and research centers and individual scholars and academic centers at partner universities that stimulate research and curriculum innovation across a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities focusing on the following subjects and themes:

  1. Inequalities and social justice,
  2. Democratic governance,
  3. Inclusive and evidence-based policy-making,
  4. Migration and refugees,
  5. Climate change mitigation and adaptation,
  6. Higher education in open society (with emphasis on innovative projects that address the following sub-themes: higher education policy and governance, academic freedom, teaching and learning, student engagement, and educational technologies).


The Fellowship is offered to academics based at higher education and/or research institutions in the Global South who wish to spend one or two terms at CEU conducting original research that will lead to a groundbreaking publication in an international peer-reviewed journal. The Fellows can be hosted by any CEU department, school or research center, with priority in selection given to well-articulated and innovative projects in any of the six priority subjects and themes. A record of previous collaboration of the applicant or applicant’s home institution with proposed CEU host will be considered an advantage. Fellows are supported for a period of three or six months (one or two consecutive terms at CEU). Fellowship award covers travel costs to/from Budapest, accommodations at the CEU residence and a stipend of 5,000 USD for one term and 10,000 USD for two terms of the Fellowship’s duration.



  • Eligible countries: any country of the Global South;
  • Eligible applicants’ primary place of employment at the time of application should be a teaching or academic research institution in their home country;
  • Eligible applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent degree and have a substantial research record in an area that falls under one or more CEU academic units (departments, schools and research centers);
  • Please note: those who are or who intend to be involved in projects, research, teaching, or other activities sponsored or co-sponsored by Open Society Foundations during the period of the Research Fellowship are not eligible to participate in the program;
  • Applications not meeting eligibility requirements will not be considered.

Program requirements

  • Fellows are required to be in residence at CEU for the entire duration of their Fellowship;
  • Fellows will provide a mid-term narrative report, and a final narrative report;
  • Fellows will provide a draft article outline within three months of concluding the Fellowship;
  • Fellows will submit an article published or accepted for publication in an international peer-reviewed journal within one year after completing the Fellowship. Fellows will clearly acknowledge CEU and OSF contribution in this publication.


The selection of CEU Visiting Fellows is competitive and merit-based and involves an assessment of the relevance of the proposed research or curriculum development project to the academic capacity at the proposed CEU host unit, as well as the unit’s ability to dedicate the necessary time and resources to facilitate the Fellow’s residency at CEU in the proposed period. 

The Visiting Fellowship Program is supported by the Higher Education Support Program (HESP) of the Open Society Foundations and administered by the CEU Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education


Application Procedure

You can find the application form here.

Please send your completed application form, a detailed research proposal, a CV and a photocopy of your Ph. D. certificate or equivalent credentials in one PDF file to the following e-mail address: Research_Fellowship@ceu.hu (subject of email “VRF 2018 + last name”). The application form and all supporting documents must be submitted by 10 May 2018.

A complete application package should include:

  • Fully completed application form (available here);
  • Curriculum Vitae with a list of most important and recent publications;
  • 1500 - 2000 word research proposal;
  • Photocopy of a Ph. D. certificate or equivalent degree credentials;
  • Two letters of reference: scanned copies should be sent by the referees directly to Research_Fellowship@ceu.hu (subject of email “VRF 2018 + last name of the applicant”) by the application deadline. A letter of reference should be printed on an official letterhead of the home institution of the referee, and include referee’s signature and complete contact information.  

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

We accept applications for placements:

Within CEU Schools and Departments:

Within CEU Centers:

The applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the research profiles and current programs of the Departments and Centers and suggest a linkage between their subject of interest and the academic priorities of the CEU unit they wish to be hosted by.

Additional information

Requests for additional information should be sent to the program coordinator, Ms. Maja Skalar, to Research_Fellowship@ceu.edu 

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