Visegrad Scholarship at the Open Society Archives

Visegrad Scholarship at the Open Society Archives
Visegrad Scholarship at the Open Society Archives

Academic Year 2013/2014

For a better and deeper understanding of the interdependent recent history of (the center of) Europe, the International Visegrad Fund offers 15 research fellowship grants in the Open Society Archives at Central European University, Budapest on a competitive basis to support scholars artists and journalists who wish to conduct research in the holdings of OSA, and whose current projects are relevant to the holdings and the given research priorities of the Fund and OSA. The grants of 2.000 euro each are designed to provide access to the archives for scholars, artists, and journalists, and to cover travel to and from Budapest, a modest subsistence, and accommodation for a research period of eight weeks. Stipends for shorter periods are pro-rated.

Applicants, preferably but not exclusively, from a V4 country, may be researchers, students after their second degree carrying out research, or artists, journalists, academics, or others, who have already started their project that is relevant for the holdings at OSA.

The successful candidates of each category will work at the OSA during their term of research and at the end of the research period will present their individual research findings to the community of the Central European University. OSA will publish the final research report, either in text or in audio-visual format, on its webpage of OSA/Visegrad Fund.

Fellows are free to work on the project of their choice, however, in the academic year of 2013/2014, applicants with the following topics might enjoy advantage over other applicants:

  1. Welfare policies in Soviet-type societies.
  2. Social solidarity or possible explanations of the lack of it under socialism.
  3. Ideological and cultural aspirations (and their roots) of anti-regime movements in Soviet-type societies.
  4. Documenting human rights violations in order to aid reconciliation in post-conflict societies.

Submission deadlines

  • October 10, 2013
  • January 10, 2014
  • April 10, 2014


The Selection Committee will evaluate proposals four times a year, on the strength of the professional quality and novelty of the research proposal, its relevance to the chosen topic and the involvement of the OSA holdings in the research.

Application procedure

Please submit the following to OSA:

  1. Application letter in English (should specify expected period of stay and preferred dates). Please note that the research period must end on the last day of the academic years, July 31, 2014.
  2. Research description/plan in English (about 800 words; should indicate the relationship between the current research topic, the chosen collection in the OSA holdings and the general research interest, etc.) Artists are expected to submit a portfolio, too.
  3. Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
  4. Proof of officially recognized advanced level English language exam (if not native speaker)
  5. Names of two referees with contact address.

The Application letter, C.V., the Research description/plan, the copy of a language exam certification and the Referees’ contact information should be sent by email to Katalin Gadoros at .