The Global Challenges Fellowship in Budapest and Berlin

Deadline: 30 March, 2015
Open to: applicants from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and Turkey
Fellowship: monthly stipend varies from EUR 1500 to EUR 2500, plus housing, travel and health insurance costs


The Global Challenges Fellowship assembles scholars from rising non-Western powers to explore questions in the humanities or social sciences relevant to the most pressing public policy challenges of the 21st century. GCF fosters new forms of scientific collaboration and enhances transnational and interdisciplinary cooperation between regional and international partners. Supported by the Volkswagen Foundation, the fellowship is hosted by the School of Public Policy and the Institute for Advanced Study, both at Central European University in Budapest, as well as the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin.

Beginning in September 2015, Global Challenges Fellows will spend approximately 7-8 months doing analytical, policy, and empirical work at SPP/CEU IAS in Budapest and at GPPi in Berlin where they will engage with policy practitioners. Although the precise timetable will vary depending on the fellow’s research project, it is expected that fellows will spend most of the time (about 75%) in Budapest.

Eligibility, qualifications, experience

  • Applicants (in particular those working in the field of public policy) from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, and Turkey are eligible to apply. Applicants must be resident in these countries at the time of application;
  • Applicants must hold an academic degree (Master’s, PhD, or equivalent) in the social sciences or humanities and have at least three years of professional experience (in the case of junior fellows) and 15 years of professional experience (in the case of senior fellows) at the time of their application;
  • Applicants are expected to be able to communicate fluently in English (in speaking & writing) as this is the working language of the program;
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated record of policy engagement;
  • Full time CEU employees and graduates are not eligible to apply for 6 years after the ending of their studies/contract (degrees must be received and contracts must have ended by December 31, 2008 or earlier). Part time/temporary employees of CEU are not eligible for 3 years after their contract ended (their contract must have ended by December 31, 2011 or earlier).


  • Fellowships run for a maximum of eight months. Fellows will spend about 75% of their time at SPP/CEU in Budapest and 25% at GPPi in Berlin. Applications for shorter stays (a minimum of four months) will be considered in exceptional cases;
  • Fellows will work on a defined project within one of the five designated research areas and will be expected to produce a publication in the form of an academic piece (a working paper/ journal article) and/or a policy paper that builds on their academic research;
  • SPP and CEU IAS will provide a stimulating environment in which fellows can devote themselves to their research and share their work with peers through weekly seminars and other community programs. Fellows have access to all CEU facilities, including seminar and conference spaces, computer services, and library resources. They also benefit from CEU’s vibrant international atmosphere, its strong ties in the region, and its location in culturally rich Budapest;
  • Fellows receive an allowance for accommodation in Budapest and Berlin and a monthly stipend. Fellows are expected to reside in Budapest and Berlin, accordingly, during their fellowship, participate in the intellectual life of SPP and CEU IAS and pursue their research agenda;
  • Senior fellows will receive a net monthly stipend of 2,500 Euros; junior fellows will receive a net monthly stipend of 1,500 Euros for the duration of the program to help support their stay in Budapest and Berlin. In addition, all fellows and their families receive a housing allowance in Budapest and Berlin. Fellows also receive limited travel funds (up to 2,000 Euros) for travel to and from their home country and between Budapest and Berlin, as well as health insurance.

How to Apply?

Step 1: Register at the website HERE

Step 2: After registration, you will receive a password which you must use to complete the application form and upload the required documents in pdf format here. You may save your work, and log back in and submit the application at a later time. All applications must be submitted by midnight March 30, 2015 (Central European Time, GMT+1).

You will be required to submit the following material with your application:

  • The online application form;
  • A short description of your research/policy project (max. 1,000 words not including references);
  • A CV including your most important work and publications as well as a record of policy engagement (max. 2,000 words);
  • A writing sample (max. 8,000 words);
  • For junior applicants ONLY: the name and email address of a referee.

Please send any questions or comments about the Global Challenges Fellowship (GCF), including those regarding applications, to

The official webpage

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