Józef Tischner Fellowship

Fellowship Programs


The Józef Tischner Fellowships are open to all academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences; a thematic relation to one of the Institute’s research fields is strongly encouraged. The Józef Tischner Fellows will be invited to spend a five-month term between January and December 2022 at the IWM.


Senior Visiting Fellows will receive a stipend of EUR 4,000 per month, Junior Visiting Fellows EUR 2,000 per month to cover accommodation, living expenses, travel, health insurance and any incidentals related to their stay in Vienna. In addition, the IWM provides her/him with office space including access to internet, in-house research and administrative facilities as well as other services free of charge. Travel grants of up to EUR 1,500 can be paid for project-related research trips.


Candidates for the Józef Tischner Junior Visiting Fellowships

  • must be Polish citizens, Polish-American scholars or permanently reside in Poland
  • must currently pursue their doctoral degree or have recently obtained a PhD
  • must not be older than 35 years

Józef Tischner Senior Visiting Fellowships are granted by invitation only.


Applications have to be submitted via the online application form including the following documents:

  • a concise research proposal in English (max. 8,000 characters incl. spaces)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a list of publications
  • two letters of recommendation by scholars familiar with the applicant’s academic work

Please submit all your application materials as PDF files!

Deadline for Application:

The Deadline for Application is September 21, 2021. 


The finalists are 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.

In Cooperation With

The Polish Ministry of Education and Science


Franz Graf
Fellows Program Coordinator 


Józef Tischner (1931–2000), one of the most influential Polish philosophers of the 20th century and the first chaplain of Solidarność, was founding president of the IWM. In his memory, fellowships have been awarded to junior researchers from Poland and young Polish-American scholars since 2003.


  • Historical Anthropography, or How People Perceive their Place in Time, Social and “Geocultural” Spaces, -
  • The Political Applications of Phenomenology, -
  • Moral Values and Civil Society: Philosophical and Political Views of Krzysztof Michalski and Marek Siemek, -
  • The Making of Holodomor in the Shadow of the Cold War: The Production and Politicization of Knowledge about the Great Ukrainian Famine, -
  • Polish Politics of Memory and the Notion of the Future in Memory Research, -
  • Enthusiastic Building, Common-Cosmopolitan Subjectivity, and the Stage of Pre-Solidarity: An Ethnographic-Historical Study on Affective Work in Poland Since Late Socialism, -
  • Crisis of Europe and the Decomposition of corpus mysticum in Late Medieval Europe, -
  • Central European – the Species on the Verge of Extinction? Identity Narratives on Examples of Czech and Polish Fiction of the 20-th and 21-st Centuries, -
  • Academic Solidarity: A Philosophical Account, -
  • The Biography of Józef Tischner, -
  • Martha Nussbaum and the Uses of Imagination in Political Philosophy, -
  • Trust in the Decent Society, -
  • Philosophy of Language and Concept of "Translation"" in Secularization Theory", -
  • Evolution of Leszek Kołakowski’s Religious Thought, -
  • Ethical Moments in Making Theatre. Reclaiming Józef Tischner’s Philosophy for Performance Studies, -
  • Liberal Dilemmas:Tocqueville on Sovereignty, Nationhood and Globalization, -
  • Agnostic Secularism and the Nature of European Integration, -
  • Hannah Arendt’s early thought as a response to political theology, -
  • Psychopolitics: The Discourse of Psychiatry and Modernization Processes in Post-1989 Poland, -
  • From the French Revolution to Occupy Wall Street, -
  • The Political Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, -
  • A Nation Undone: Nazi Policy and the Subjugation of Warsaw, -
  • Staging the Empire:Soviet-Polish Cultural Initiatives in Propaganda, Science and the Arts, 1943-1957, -
  • Polish and American Religious Right Movements in the Perspective of Secularization and De-privatization of Religion Theories., -
  • Populism, -
  • Civil Religion in Europe and America – Reasons for the Transatlantic ‘God Gap’, -
  • On Civic Virtue and Religion in a Liberal Political Order, -
  • The Red and the Brown: The Life and Politics of Boleslaw Piasecki, 1915-1979, -
  • National Experience. Practice and Theory of Nation in Everyday Life, -
  • Civil Society, Nationality and Religion: Allies or Enemies? The Case of Poland (1989 – 2000), -


Fellows' Publications