Visegrad Scholarship at the Open Society Archives

Statistics Illustrated 2010-2023

About the scholarship

The Visegrad Scholarship in OSA was established to promote a better and deeper understanding of the interdependent recent history of (the center of) Europe. Mr. Jan Kohout, the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs initiated the scholarship after visiting OSA on July 29, 2009. The joint grant scheme of the International Visegrad Fund (IVF) and the Open Society Archives at the Central European University (OSA) was signed by Petr Vagner, Executive Director of the IVF and Professor Istvan Rév, Director of OSA in the Czernin Palace in Prague on May 7th 2010.

The annually offered 15 grants (20 grants since 2022) are designed to provide access to the Archives for scholars, researchers, artists and journalists. The grant covers travel to and from Budapest, modest subsistence, and accommodation in Budapest for a maximum research period of two months.

6 Continents, 61 Countries - 5 Continents, 32 Countries

Places of origin of all the Visegrad Scholarship candidates and awardees between 2010 and 2023

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Purple pins indicate countries with over 30 applicants, green pins are for countries with over 20 applicants, red pins mark countries with at least one successful applicant, and countries with black pins are without successful applications.

Since 2010, Blinken OSA (OSA) has been honored to award the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA. The Fund has helped 271 researchers carry out their inquiry into the archival historical collections of OSA. The awardees come from 32 countries from five continents, while candidates gather from all over the globe, with the Visegrad 4 countries heading the lists.

Word cloud of key themes of research proposals

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The Call for the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA is updated every year. OSA is in charge of the grant administration. Applications are evaluated by the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA jury including representatives from the IVF, the OSA, the CEU and finally the CEU Press, whose involvement facilitates instant publication of outstanding research. The Council of V4 Ambassadors is mandated to give final approval based on the merit-based recommendation. In the case of equal results, candidates coming from V4 countries take precedence. The two-month scholarship grant is EUR 3,000, but stipends for shorter research periods are pro-rated.

Research and proceedings

The Visegrad Scholarship at OSA supports fellows at different stages of their research towards widely varied research aims ranging from articles, PhD theses through novels, films, exhibitions to plays. Research and publication topics cover an extensive area of history, literature, performing and fine arts, philosophy and sociology with a focus on media and objectivity, conceptualization of opposition, techno-science and mass communication, information gathering, production and dissemination, documentation and verification of human rights abuses, political ‘facts’ and socio-economic issues among others.

Mosaic of Publication Covers from the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA Alumni

Books, journal and daily paper articles, performances and conference proceedings

During their stay in OSA researchers are encouraged to participate in the life of the OSA and the CEU community and also to share thoughts, ideas, and research results with one another. Many multilateral professional connections and relationships have been established during the many years of the scheme, including the Radio Free Europe Research Group, which was formed by Visegrad Scholarship at OSA researchers in 2017, presenting themselves as a team at conferences and in publications.

The research theme of the recent calls e.g. "Lessons of the Cold War" (2022/2023) are aimed to keep research topics relevant to current developments and to help both researchers and the supervisor to integrate the individual projects into an integrated research program. Following this principle the fellows' presentations are becoming the building blocks of a series that may grow into a conference, a methodological workshop or publication. In the case of "Methodologies of Working in Cold War Archives" after a successful conference and methodological workshop, a publication with selected former Visegrad fellows is underway to appear in a peer reviewed journal special thematic issue.

Towards the end of their research in OSA awardees present their findings at the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA lecture series, which is open to the general public. Final reports and the list of new publications are continuously updated and accessible on the Blinken OSA dedicated website.

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Research results have been published far and wide with publishers like Université Sorbonne, Routledge, Indiana University Press, BBC Historical Magazine and Palgrave Macmillan. Besides traditional printed publications, research in OSA found its way to online publications, films, exhibitions and performances.

During the research period in the OSA original research plans evolve through incorporating new archival material and through cooperating with fellow researchers and the OSA/CEU community.

Evolution is not a one-way process. Through cooperating with the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA fellows, through critical self-observation and the valuable comments, suggestions and recommendations from the fellows as well as from the OSA curators and external experts, the grant scheme and the institute itself keeps evolving. The permanent value of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA lies not only in the individual academic or artistic enrichment of each and every scholar with the knowledge they extract from the OSA collections and use in their research but in their continuous effort to come back to the source of their findings. The Visegrad Scholarship at OSA scholars thus represent an important epistemic community whose findings will be visible in years to come.