Yehuda Elkana Fellowship

Distinguished Guests

Objective and Eligibility

Starting in 2021, the Yehuda Elkana Fellowship is given in cooperation with the Institute, the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College, the Central European University and other Open Society University Network (OSUN) partners from around the world.

The fellowship is awarded annually to a scholar or public thinker of international importance who exhibits a wide-ranging and exuberant intellectual curiosity touching the humanities, social sciences, and science. In the spirit of Yehuda Elkana, the Fellow should also possess a generosity of spirit as a teacher and mentor.


The Fellow will be in residence for one month in Vienna here at the Institute and also affiliated with the Central European University. As part of the fellowship, the Yehuda Elkana Fellow will give two public lectures and a workshop.


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Yehuda Elkana (1934-2012), the third President and Rector of Central European University (1999-2009) was an Auschwitz survivor who became an international scholar and public intellectual with a deep commitment to open society. He was an academic pioneer, leading CEU for nearly half the life of the University.


  • In AI We Trust: Power, Illusion and Control of Predictive Algorithms , -


  • Professor em. in Science and Technology Studies at ETH Zurich Former President of the European Research Council (ERC)