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Visegrad Scholarships for International Applicants at Open Society Archives in Hungary, 2016-2017

The International Visegrad Fund in coop­er­a­tion with the Open Society Archives Budapest offers 12 international awards to selected scholars, researchers or journalists from the Visegrad Group (V4) countries and 3 fellowships annu­ally to non-V4 applicants.  The fel­low­ships are given on a com­pet­i­tive basis to scholars, artists or journalists who wish to con­duct research at the Open Society Archives (OSA) at the Central European University in Budapest.

The pur­pose of the fund is to facilitate and pro­mote the devel­op­ment of closer coop­er­a­tion among cit­i­zens and insti­tu­tions in the region as well as between the V4 region and other coun­tries, espe­cially in the Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership regions.



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The International Visegrad Fund is an inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tion based in Bratislava founded by the govern­ments of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries—the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Poland, and the Slovak Republic.

In order to apply for these endowments, applicants should pass the officially recognized advanced level English language exam.

Course Level: The studentships are awarded for pursuing research program at the Open Society Archives (OSA) at the Central European University in Budapest.

Study Subject (s): Research top­ics for the aca­d­e­mic year 2016-2017:

  • Toolkits and media practices in ensuring objectivity;
  • Conceptualizing, classifying, and practicing opposition (selection and support for what counts as a “movement”, “dissidence” or “non-conformism”);
  • Techno-sciences of mass communication;
  • Cold War Wikipedia: documenting personalities and biographies (biographical card files, personal archives);
  • Circuits of communication and (anti-)propaganda techniques: information gathering and classification, textual and visual dissemination (book programs, samizdat, TV monitoring, instructional and documentary movies);
  • Assumptions and documentation of human rights abuses;
  • Construction of political ‘facts’ amidst socio – economic issues (standards of living, urbanization, education, religion etc); Historical analysis of socialist welfare policy and poverty under communism;
  • Documenting transnational phenomena in a time of polarized visions and imbalances between centers and peripheries;
  • Consequences of Cold War conceptual schemes and treatment of information on current economic and socio-political issues.

Award: The scholarship of €2,000 is 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 two months.

The award can be taken in Hungary

Eligibility: The fellowships will be given on a competitive basis to scholars/artists/journalists who wish to conduct research at OSA, and whose current research projects are relevant to the holdings and the given research priorities of the Fund and the Archivum.

Nationality: Students of Visegrad Group (V4) coun­tries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Poland and the Slovak Republic) and non-Visegrad Group (V4) coun­tries can apply.

Research Scholarships

How to Apply: 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. Please submit the following to OSA:

  • Application let­ter in English (includ­ing the expected period of stay and pre­ferred dates)
  • Research description/plan in English (about 800 words; should indi­cate rela­tion­ship between the cur­rent research topic, the cho­sen col­lec­tion in the OSA hold­ings and the applicant’s research, the intended use of text-based or audio-visual research results, etc.); artists are expected to sub­mit a portfolio, too
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Names of two referees with contact address
  • Applicants are also requested to submit a copy of a certificate con­firming the passing of officially recognized advanced level English language exam.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The application deadline is October 15, 2016.

Scholarship Link