Andrew W. Mellon East-Central European Research Fellowship

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) and the IWM jointly awarded Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences. These three-month fellowships enabled young scholars from Eastern and Central Europe to work in Vienna on research projects of their choice with the scholarly support of the institute. The fellowship program ran for twenty years, from 1999 to 2009.

The Institute accepted applications from young scholars from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia and candidates had to have already obtained their Ph.D., held a senior academic position or record (equivalent to associate professor level). Their research projects were preferably thematically related to the IWM's fields of research and ongoing programs, including Political Philosophy, Gender Studies, Political and Social Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe, Reform of the Welfare State and/or Reform of Higher Education and Research.

As Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Fellows, they were invited to spend three months at IWM to pursue their research projects and were selected by a jury composed of IWM Permanent Fellows and members of the IWM Academic Advisory Board.

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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Andrew W. Mellon (1855-1937) was an American banker, industrialist, politician and philanthropist. Having established a large business empire, he went on to serve as US State Secretary of the Treasury from 1921 to 1932. His philanthropic efforts helped establish the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery and the Carnegie Mellon University among other things.


  • Polish Illicit Publications during the Communist Era from an International Viewpoint , -
  • Russia in search for its history:Grand battles about the past and future. , -
  • Re-Imagining European Identity: An Unofficial Catalog of European Civil Memory , -
  • Polish Entrepreneurs. Between a Strategy of Survival and Dynamics of Capitalism , -
  • Modern Philosophy and Its Father , -
  • Celts and Slavs: Gender Politics and/in Cultural Identity in Europe , -
  • The Philosophy of the Human Body , -
  • Western/northern perspective of towns of south eastern europe in early modern and modern period , -