Milena Jesenská Fellowship for Journalists

Fellowship Programs

Academic Year 2023-2024

The Milena Jesenská Fellowship Program, named after the Czech journalist, writer, and translator Milena Jesenská (1896–1944), offers European journalists (including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey) time off from their professional duties in order to pursue in-depth research on a topic of their choice.

Milena Jesenská Fellowships are intended as an award for excellence and are directed towards cultural journalists, with the term “cultural” being interpreted in a broad sense to encompass a wide variety of intellectual and artistic fields. However, applicants' work may also be related to one of the IWM's main research fields.

Applicants must have worked in print, broadcast or online journalism for several years and must have an outstanding professional record. Applications by entry-level journalists or students will be rejected.

Conditions

During the next Fellowship term (September 2023–June 2024), four Fellows are invited to spend three months each at the IWM in Vienna, Austria. They will receive a stipend of EUR 3,000 per month. In addition, the IWM provides them with an office including access to the internet, administrative and research facilities as well as other services free of charge. Generally, fellowships start on the first day of the month and end on the last day of the month.

Application

Applications should include:

  • a concise project proposal (max. 7,500 characters incl. spaces) with a description of the intended outcome (book, articles, film, TV or radio broadcast, etc.)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a list of publications

All application materials should be in English.

Applications are now closed. The next call is planned to be published in Winter 2024. 

Selection

A jury of experts will evaluate the applications and select the finalists. Applicants will be notified of the jury decision in April/May 2023.

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

Cooperation Partners

ERSTE Foundation creates innovation and social, economic and cultural infrastructure for a changing Europe. The Foundation empowers initiatives for change, contributes to civil society development and regional progression. As core shareholder of Erste Group ERSTE Foundation secures the independent future of one of the largest financial services providers in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. As a private Austrian savings bank foundation, the foundation is committed to serve the common good. Its strategic goals are based on the believe that the European idea is worth fighting for and that culture is a central part of our identity. Every society needs culture: as a laboratory in which the past is considered, the present criticized, and the future imagined. 

Project Syndicate, an association of more than 430 newspapers from all over the world, provides original, engaging, and thought-provoking commentaries by global leaders and thinkers.

Contact

Franz Graf
Fellows Program Coordinator 
fellowships(@)iwm.at

Milena Jesenská (1896–1944) was an outstanding journalist and mediator between the Czech and German cultures in Bohemia as well as an astute political commentator. She was detained in the Nazi concentration camp in Ravensbrück for her political involvement and resistance, losing her life there in 1944. She is widely known for her famous correspondence with Franz Kafka.

Fellowships

  • The Politics of Trolling, -
  • Collection of Articles "Art Criticism and Cultural Journalism in Ukraine in the Twenty First Century", -
  • Biography of Isaac Babel, -
  • Osnažene (Empowered), -
  • Anti-Immigration Policy in Left-Wing Parties, -
  • How China’s Dream of a Multipolar World Affects European Narratives, -
  • War Comes Home, -
  • Georgi Markov: A Biography, -
  • Europe's Childless Future, -
  • Crime Without Punishment in Schicksalsgemeinschaft of Europe, -
  • The Half-Iron Man: Letters to Uncle Enver, -
  • A Journey to the Two Opposite Worlds of Mental Health Care in Visegrád Countries, -
  • Media Guidelines “How to Talk About Climate Change so That You are Understood”, -
  • A Real Country: Ukraine After Revolution and During War, -
  • Safe? The Unaccompanied Minors Who’ve Become Young Men, -
  • Underneath the Clothes Made in the EU, -
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go: the Decision to Leave Your Own Country, -
  • Immersive Subjectivity. Autists, Narcissists and Conspiracy Theorists, -
  • Immigrants’ Ghost Lives, -
  • The Children of the Future, -
  • Rethinking Feminism: Gender Policy in Austria and Czechoslovakia inthe 1960s and 1970s Experienced by Czechoslovak Emigrants, -
  • Why does Kafka Still Not Have a Home? A Look at How Nation-States Remember, -
  • Micro-Credits: Saving the Poor or Pushing them Further into Debt?, -
  • Marc Chagall, Long Way Home, -
  • Towards a Central-Eastern European Liberalism? Polish Liberal Culture after 20 Years of Democracy, -
  • Biography of the Tomato. Doing Business with Fresh Vegetables in Europe, -
  • Dimensions of the European Crisis, -
  • Education as the Limit, -
  • The Alchemy of the Last Meal. The Culture of Capital Punishment in Central and Eastern Europe, -
  • The End of Sport, -
  • From “Antipolitics” to “Postpolitics” in the “New Europe”, -
  • Anti-Semitism and the Catholic Church in Poland: the Case of Father Stanislaw Musial SJ, -
  • Sisters in Hate: The Women in Europe's Extreme Right, -
  • European Intellectuals and Anti-Americanism, -
  • The European Greenbelt: From Iron Curtain to Green Corridor, -
  • When it comes to biofuels, the European Union is going through some growing pains, -
  • Poland's Literary Legacy - The 20th Century and Beyond, -
  • At the dark Heart of European Consciousness:The Lodz Ghetto 1940-1944, -
  • Outcasts: The Roma of Slovakia, -
  • Women’s Role Models in Contemporary Ukrainian Culture: Feminists, Soviet Crones&Cosmo Girls, -
  • Generation 1989, -
  • The Invisible Wall: the Hidden Factor of Belarusian Reality, -
  • The Economic Chances of the Latecomers Among the CEECs on the Balkans, -
  • Research on the collapse of the pyramidal schemes in Albania in 1997, -
  • Prospects for the Co-existence between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo, -
  • Analysis of Welfare Systems, -

Fellows