Alexander Herzen Junior Fellowship

The Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Fellowships (2010-2018) were jointly awarded by the IWM and the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation to excellent young researchers in the humanities and social sciences from the Siberian, Ural and Far-Eastern federal districts, and the Voronezh, Lipetsk, Belgorod, Ryazan and Kaluga regions.

The program supported highly qualified and promising PhD or Post-doc academics, by giving them access to an international and multi-disciplinary research community and to an excellent research infrastructure at the IWM. The fellowships aimed at strengthening academic mobility and the integration of junior researchers into the international research community, by providing a fertile environment for their individual development and professional advancement.

Fellows pursued their individual research projects as members of the IWM’s international, multidisciplinary scholarly community, which broadened their professional networks. In addition, the IWM organized a broad program of lectures, debates, workshops and conferences in which the fellows took part.

The fellowship program was funded by the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation.

Presented below is a selection of fellowships. As this is a past program we are working through our archives to ensure that fellows and fellowships are represented accurately. If you were a fellow under this program, please do get in touch with us.


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Alexander Herzen (1812-1870) was an outstanding Russian writer and thinker. With his writings, many composed while exiled in London, he aimed at influencing the situation in Russia and contributed to a political climate that led to the emancipation of the serfs in 1861. He published the important social novel Who is to Blame?, and his autobiography, My Past and Thoughts, is considered by many to be one of the best examples of that genre in Russian literature.


  • Re-edition of Papyrus Private Letters from P. Ross. Georg. , -
  • The Austrian Variant of the German Language in the Academic Discourse , -
  • The Revival of Historical Memory in Post-Soviet Buryat Literature , -
  • NPOs in the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th century:Agents of Influence or Factors of the Country’s Modernization , -
  • Devolution: A Promising Concept for the Post-Soviet Space , -
  • Is there a Post-Socialist Understanding of Cities? Comparing the Conceptual ‘Weight’ of Competing Urban Perspectives , -
  • Regional Games with(in) Russia: The Cases of Tatarstan and Abkhazia in the Context of Russia–Turkey Relations , -
  • Changes of Russian Maternity Care: The Case of Midwives Institutional Work , -
  • Devolution: A Promising Concept for the Post-Soviet Space , -
  • The Transformation of Public Space under the Impact of Migration: European Union and Russia Compared , -
  • Structural Inequality in the Third Sector: How Law and Legislative Drafts Produce, Support and Organize Hierarchy Systems among NGOs , -
  • Constructing Citizenship on Russian Makeover TV: Gender, Sexual and Cultural Dimensions , -
  • Everyday Islam in Post-Soviet Tatarstan: Developing a Theoretical Understanding of Religious Nationalism , -
  • Anti-Christ is Coming: Religion and Xenophobia in Contemporary Russia , -
  • Models of Social / Political Engagement of Modern Artists: The Circulation of the Idea of the "Left" between USSR and Eastern Europe , -
  • Social Networks as a Tool of Developing Civil Society and Democracy in Russia , -
  • Social Networks as a Tool of Developing Civil Society and Democracy in Russia , -
  • Social Exclusion of Older Persons. A Comparative Analysis , -
  • Secularity and Religion in Post-Soviet Culture: Discussions of the Orthodox Church in Russian Blogs , -
  • Representations of Democracy: The Experience of Political Rhetoric in Russia, India and the European Union , -
  • Axiology of Financial Law: The European Union and Russia. , -
  • The Phenomenon of Urban Culture in Provincial Towns in Central and Eastern Europe at the End of the 19th and Beginning of the 20th Centuries in the Context of Global Cultural Historical Space , -
  • The "Effect of Absence" of the Importance of Human Rights in Russian Society and Russian-European Relations , -
  • Walter Hallstein – an Architect of United Europe , -
  • Secular and Religious Policy-Making in 20th and 21st Century Europe and Beyond. Social and Educational Aspects , -
  • Forming the ‘Supranational’ Consciousness. The Experience of Educational Policies in the Habsburg Monarchy and the Russian Empire during the 19th Century , -
  • The Relationship between Democratic Institutions and Human Capital Development in Eastern Europe , -
  • The Impact of Historical Revisionism on the Development of Contemporary Russia-Poland Relations , -
  • Religious Education, Multiculturalism and Secularism: International Comparative Perspectives , -
  • The Polish Question and 1945 as a Transitory Period , -
  • Understanding of Totalitarianism in Russian and German Postmodern Literature , -
  • The Influence of the Global Context on the Perception of the Sources of Social Inequality , -
  • Features of Social Stratification of the Austrian and Russian Society: Discursive-Symbolic Aspects , -
  • The Ethic of Responsibility in Technogenic Civilization: The Problem of Subject , -
  • Small Towns as a Phenomenon of Historical Urbanization in a View of the Foreign Methodological Concepts , -