Black Sea Link Humanities Fellowship, Romania

Deadline: 11 January 2013
Open to: young doctoral students or scholars with a PhD title in the Humani­ties and Social Sciences, particularly candidates from the Black Sea region
Scholarship: a monthly stipend of 650 € plus accommodation and traveling expenses


The Black Sea Link program offers research fellowships for young, highly talented scholars in the Humani­ties and Social Sciences. Candidates from the Black Sea Region, particularly from Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, are welcome to apply with pro­jects on topics of their choice, for in-residence fellowships at the New Europe College in Bu­charest, Romania, an Institute for Advanced Study of international reputation and an important meeting place for scholars from East and West. The Black Sea Link program is carried out in cooperation with the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. It is sponsored by the VolkswagenStiftung Hannover (Germany).

The host institution New Europe College (NEC) supports scholars (“fellows”) by providing excellent conditions for their research and by establishing a strong and fruitful network among academics in the country and beyond. The institute has acquired a unique position in the region and has meanwhile established itself as research center of international reputation.

Aims of the program:

  • to support outstanding (post-)doctoral researchers from the Black Sea Region with their individual projects by providing them with excellent working conditions;
  • to bring together a lively and inspiring multidisciplinary group of scholars at the NEC in Bucharest;
  • to create a network of excellent young scholars from around the Black Sea;
  • to further the knowledge of this area, among neighbors and beyond.

In keeping with the other NEC research support programs, the Black Sea Link fellowships will be awarded to particularly promising young academics from the humanities and social sciences. Fol­lowing a rigorous selection process, between five and eight Black Sea Link fellows will be chosen for either two terms (10 months starting October 2013) or one term (5 months, starting October, 2013, or February, 2014). 

Black Sea Link fellows are invited to be in residence, together with other NEC fellows, to work on projects of their individual choice. Projects need not be connected to the Black Sea region, but may address any innova­tive and stimulating research question within the humanities or social sciences.

Fellows are expected to take part in the weekly seminar at the institute together with the other scholars present at NEC. They also have the opportunity to profit from the NEC’s widespread international networks and its high-quality guest lecturers program. The institute’s working languages, besides Romanian, are English, French, and German; a good command of English is desirable. Fel­lows are as­sisted in all practical mat­ters concerning travel, residence, and research in Bucha­rest. Toward the end of their stay, they are required to summarize their research outcomes in a scholarly article (in English, French, or German).

Fellows are granted a monthly stipend of 650 € plus accommodation and traveling expenses. In addi­tion to their residence period in Bucharest, they are offered a one-month research trip abroad to an institution of their choice, for which they receive a lump sum of 2,600 €. They also have the opportunity to order special research literature (book allowance).


Applicants must be doctoral students or hold a PhD title. Preference is given to candidates below the age of 40. A good command of English, French or German is necessary.


Applications will be submitted in electronic format only, to the address: by 11 January 2013.

Applications have to be submitted following the GUIDELINES HERE and using the APPLICATION FORM HERE.

The application requires at least 2 original letters of reference (in English, French, or German) written explicitly to support the application for the Black Sea Link Fellowships Program 2013-14. The recommendations should be e-mailed by the referees directly to the address:

Candidates are asked to enter in the Subject field of their e-mail message “BLACK SEA LINK Fellowship”.

They will acknowledge receipt of an application and confirm whether the application requirements have been met within 7 days after the deadline.

The applications will be evaluated by a committee of Romanian and foreign specialists. The result of the pre-selection will be announced by mid-March 2013. The shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview at the New Europe College, scheduled to take place on April 11-13, 2013. The interview will be held in English, French or German.

For more information, please see the call for applications at the official website HERE. Please contact the organizers at with your questions and requests for further information.

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