The Institute for Human Sciences invites applications for the inaugural Jerzy Giedroyc Junior Visiting Fellowships. In recognition of Giedroyc’s legacy as founding editor of Kultura, and his contributions to promoting wider understanding of the interconnected history and intellectual traditions of the lands of modern-day Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, and Ukraine, these fellowships are designated for scholars working on projects related to:
- Polish-Ukrainian, Polish-Belarusian, and Polish-Lithuanian relations, and related questions of history, politics, and literature
- The legacy of Giedroyc particularly, and/or the journal and publishing house Kultura
The Jerzy Giedroyc Junior Visiting Fellowships are open to all academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
The Junior Visiting Fellowship lasts four months and can be spent at IWM in Vienna from September 2023 to June 2024. 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 Visiting Fellows with office space including access to the internet, administrative and research facilities as well as other services free of charge. The fellows will join the international, multidisciplinary scholarly community and participate in the activities of the IWM. Generally, fellowships start on the first day of the month and end on the last day of the month.
Senior Visiting Fellowships in this program are granted by invitation only.
Candidates for the Jerzy Giedroyc Junior Visiting Fellowship 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 must be submitted via the online application form and consist of:
- a brief letter of motivation that addresses how the project would benefit from time at the IWM, the connection to the IWM’s mission and research, and concrete research/writing goals during the fellowship
- a concise project proposal (max. 7.500 characters) containing a) a description of the project’s objectives and research questions, b) a critical assessment of the state of the art, c) methods, and d) a work plan
- curriculum vitae
- list of publications
- two letters of recommendation from scholars familiar with the applicant’s academic work
All application materials should be in English.
Applications are now closed. The next call is planned to be published in winter 2024.
The finalists will be selected by a jury of experts. Applicants are notified of the jury decision in due time. The jury is not required to publicly justify its decisions, nor to provide applicants individual feedback on their applications.
Fellows Program Coordinator
Jerzy Giedroyc (1906–2000) was a Polish publisher and writer. He founded the Paris-based Instytut Literacki and its journal Kultura. Under Giedroyc, Kultura was a cornerstone of Polish intellectual life in the postwar period. Particularly influential was Kultura’s editorial policy of recognizing Poland’s postwar eastern border and promoting the independence of Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine.