Bronisław Geremek Junior and Senior Fellowships

geremek_swBronisław Geremek (1932–2008), scholar, intellectual and politician, a passionate Pole and exemplary European, was a source of intellectual inspiration as well as a model for prudent action and moral decency for many. Geremek was a supporter of the IWM almost from its inception and a member of its Board of Patrons until his death. The fellowship program commemorates his name and work.


The Bronisław Geremek Fellowship aims to foster the study and reflection of Polish national heritage in the context of European tradition. The fellowships enable Polish senior and junior researchers to work on a research project of their own choice. The fellowships are open to all academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences; research proposals related to one of the Institute’s main research fields are strongly encourage.


Bronisław Geremek Fellows will be invited to spend the academic year 2016/17 (ten months from September 2016 to June 2017) at the IWM to pursue their research projects. Senior Visiting Fellows will receive a stipend of EUR 3,800 per month, Junior Visiting Fellows EUR 1,800 per month to cover accommodation, living expenses, travel, health insurance and incidentals related to their stay in Vienna.

In addition, the IWM provides the fellows with an office including access to internet, in-house research and administrative facilities as well as other services free of charge. The fellows will join the scholarly community and participate in the activities of the Institute.


Candidates for the Bronisław Geremek Senior Visiting Fellowship

  • must be Polish citizens or permanently reside in Poland
  • must hold a senior academic or research position in the humanities or social sciences, at least Associate Professor level or equivalent
  • must be experienced researchers with documented achievements in their respective fields
  • must not be older than 60 years

Candidates for the Bronisław Geremek Junior Visiting Fellowship

  • must be Polish citizens or permanently reside in Poland
  • must currently pursue a doctoral degree or have recently obtained a Ph.D. in any discipline in the humanities or social sciences
  • must not be older than 35 years


Applications have to be submitted using the online application form and should include:

  1. a concise research proposal in English (max. 8,000 characters incl. spaces) outlining:
    • the academic problem(s) addressed
    • a critical consideration of current relevant literature
    • the research goals and expected results
    • a work and time schedule (if the duration of the project exceeds the ten-month term at the IWM, please indicate which part will be completed during the fellowship)
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. a list of publications
  4. two letters of recommendation by scholars familiar with the applicant’s academic work (for junior fellows only)

Please submit all your application materials as PDF files!

Deadline for Application:
The deadline for application was March 28, 2016. The next call will be announced in due time.


The finalists will be selected by a jury of experts. Applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision in summer 2016. The jury is not required to publicly justify its decisions.


Funding provided by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education








Current Fellows

  • Luiza Bialasiewicz

    Jean Monnet Professor of EU External Relations, University of Amsterdam
    Bronisław Geremek Visiting Fellow
    (October 2015 – July 2016)
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Former Fellows