Jan Patočka Fellowship

Fellowship Programs


The Jan Patočka Fellowship Program aims to foster research inspired by Jan Patočka’s work and legacy and committed to all fields of his intellectual endeavors. It enables Czech researchers to work on a project of their own choice. The program hosts both Junior and Senior Visiting Fellows. Jan Patočka Senior Visiting Fellowships are granted by invitation only.

The fellowship is open to all academic disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Research proposals related to one of the Institute’s main research fields are especially encouraged.

Call for Applications Jan Patočka Junior Visiting Fellowship 2022–2023


Jan Patočka Junior Visiting Fellows will be invited to spend 6 months between September 2022 and June 2023 at the IWM to pursue their research projects. Junior Visiting Fellows will receive a stipend of EUR 2,000 per month to cover accommodation, living expenses, travel, health insurance and any incidental costs related to their stay in Vienna.

In addition, the IWM provides the fellows with office space including 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.



  • must be Czech citizens
  • must currently be pursuing a doctoral degree or have recently obtained a PhD in any discipline in the humanities or social sciences
  • must not be older than 35 years


Applications are now closed.


Fellows will be selected by a jury of experts. 

The jury is not required to publicly justify its decisions, nor to provide applicants individual feedback on their applications.

Generously supported by

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Franz Graf
Fellows Program Coordinator

The Czech philosopher Jan Patočka (1907–1977) is considered one of the most important Central European thinkers of the 20th century. With a few short exceptions, Patočka was banned from teaching and publishing in communist Czechoslovakia. However, he became an intellectual and moral authority, most notably through his legendary underground seminars.

Patočka was a co-founder and speaker of the civil rights movement Charter 77. He died in March 1977 after a series of police interrogations. This program is dedicated to commemorating his name and work.


  • Karl Jaspers and Ladislav Hejdánek on Objectifying and Non-Objectifying Thinking, -
  • Insane Narrators of the 20th and 21st Century Literature, -
  • Philosophy of German Enlightenment, -
  • Underground Universities in the 1970s and 1980s: The Transformation of Tertiary Education in the Czech Republic after the Collapse of Communism, -
  • The Phenomenology of Human Animality and Disease: The Discussion between Jan Patočka, Jiří Němec and Petr Rezek, -
  • Ideologien des Slawentums, -
  • Milena Jesenská, Vienna, and Fake News Through the Spanish Flu and Covid-19 Pandemics, -
  • How to Magically Edify a Nation? Occultism and Nationalism in Central Europe, 1890-1939, -
  • Prague, Red and Black: Early Cold War Journeys, Networks, and Poems, -
  • Commissioning Parents, -
  • Difficulties with the Political Thought of Christian Democracy in Central Europe, -
  • “Dispute about Hope” in Selected Writings of Post-Kantian and Existentialist Philosophers, -
  • Analysis of Construction of Dis/Continuity Between the Pre- and Post-1989 Regimes in Czechoslovakia Through Czech Literature, -
  • Interwar Architecture of Prague-based German-speaking Architects, -
  • Victimisation and Heroization: The Post-1989 Retelling of 20th Century National History in Central and Eastern Europe, -
  • Jan Patočka as a Political Thinker and Charter 77 as a Social Movement: The Origins of a New Politics in a Non-Western Context, -
  • Reading Plato’s Philosophy Rhetorically and Plato’s Rhetoric Philosophically, -
  • Resuscitating a Non-Conformist Revolt After 1989, -
  • Woman Without a Name, -
  • Hegel as a Philosopher of the Post-Communist Condition, -
  • Guest, -
  • An Aristotelian Foundation for Contemporary Moral Theory, -
  • Justice in Daimonion: On the Ethics of Dissent, Systems Theory and Political Existentialism, -
  • Rousseau and Compassion—The Phenomenon of Compassion in the British and French Enlightenment Tradition, -
  • The Meaning of Politics in the thought of Václav Havel and Hannah Arendt, -
  • Gegenwart und Wahrheit, -
  • Exclusion and National Identity: the Czech Case, -
  • Christianity beyond Athens and Rome-The Retrival of Patočka’s Philosophy, -
  • The Intellectual History of Czech Democratic Left (1968 – 1998), -
  • Die Wurzeln Europas in der Reflexion der Phänomenologie, -
  • Socialist Retro: Discourses of Post-Socialist Nostalgia in the Czech Republic, -
  • Jan Patočka’s Concept of “Rational Civilization”, -