The Jan Patočka Fellowship Program aims to foster research inspired by Jan Patočka’s work and legacy and is 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. Jan Patočka Junior Visiting Fellowships are awarded through an open call for applications. 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 2023-2024
Jan Patočka Junior Visiting Fellows will be invited to spend six months between September 2023 and June 2024 at the IWM to pursue their research projects. Postdoctoral candidates––i.e., those who have defended their PhD by the date of the fellowship application deadline––will receive a stipend of EUR 3,000 per month; candidates currently pursuing their doctoral degree will receive a stipend of EUR 2,500 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 Visiting Fellows with office space including in-house research and administrative facilities as well as other services free of charge. The Visiting Fellows will join the scholarly community and participate in the activities of the Institute. Generally, fellowships start on the first day of the month and end on the last day of the month.
- must be Czech citizens
- must be enrolled in a doctoral program in the humanities or social sciences or have obtained a PhD in the same fields in the past four years
Applications should include:
- a letter of motivation
- a concise project proposal (max. 7,500 characters incl. spaces)
- a curriculum vitae
- a list of publications
- a letter of recommendation
All application materials should be in English.
Applications are now closed. The next call is planned to be published in winter 2023.
Fellows will be selected by a jury of experts. Applicants will be notified of the jury decision in February/March 2023.
The jury is not required to publicly justify its decisions, nor to provide applicants individual feedback on their applications.
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The Czech philosopher Jan Patočka (1907–1977) is considered one of the most important Central European thinkers of the twentieth 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.