Apply for Global Challenges Fellowship Program

Deadline: 23 November 2015
Open to: applicants holding an academic degree in the social sciences, humanities and/or law from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and Turkey
Fellowship: allowance for accommodation, monthly stipend of up to EUR 2,500 and travel allowance


The School of Public Policy (SPP) and the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University (CEU IAS) in Budapest, and the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin invite applications from outstanding researchers from nine countries (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Turkey) to participate in the Global Challenges Fellowship program for the 2016–17 academic year.

Starting 1 October 2016, Global Challenges Fellows will spend seven to eight months conducting analytical and policy work and engaging with policy practitioners at SPP and CEU IAS in Budapest and at GPPi in Berlin. Although the precise timetable will depend on their research projects, fellows will likely spend more than half of their time in Budapest.

Fellows will conduct independent research with the goal of producing journal articles, book chapters and/or policy papers and will participate in a series of small working-group discussions and seminars.

The Global Challenges Fellowship is looking for innovative ideas and projects that deal specifically with issues of global governance and the most pressing global challenges. Within this broader focus, applicants can apply for junior- and senior-level fellowships in the following areas:

  • Peace and security;
  • Humanitarian assistance & human rights.


  • 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 residents of these countries at the time of application;
  • Applicants must hold an academic degree (master’s, PhD or equivalent) in the social sciences, humanities and/or law;
  • Applicants must have at least three years of demonstrated professional experience at the time of application. Those with at least 15 years of demonstrated policy-making experience or seven years of experience since earning their PhDs will be considered for the senior fellowship. Other applicants will be considered for the junior fellowship. Please indicate and substantiate your request to be considered for a senior fellowship in your cover letter;
  • Applicants must be able to communicate fluently (speaking and writing) in English, the working language of the program;
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated record of policy engagement and submit an innovative research proposal;
  • Full-time CEU employees and graduates are ineligible to apply within six years of the completion of their studies or contracts (i.e., degrees must have been received and contracts must have ended no later than December 31, 2009). Part-time or temporary employees of CEU are ineligible within three years of the completion of their contracts (i.e., contracts must have ended no later than December 31, 2012).


  • Fellows receive an allowance for accommodation in Budapest and Berlin as well as a monthly stipend. Fellows are expected to reside in Budapest and Berlin during their fellowship, pursue their research agendas and participate in the intellectual life of SPP and CEU IAS.
  • Senior fellows will receive a net monthly stipend of EUR 2,500 for the duration of the program to help support their stay in Budapest and Berlin. Junior fellows will receive a net monthly stipend of EUR 1,500. Fellows also receive limited funds (up to EUR 2,000) for travel to and from their home country and between Budapest and Berlin, as well as health insurance coverage.


Fellowship applications must be submitted online including the following documents:

  • A short description of your research/policy project and the outcome or end product you wish to achieve during your fellowship (e.g., policy paper, book chapter). Max. 1,000 words, not including references.

  • A CV that includes your educational history, relevant work experience and major publications. Please follow the CV format that can be downloaded HERE.
  • A cover letter that describes the following: (1) what you hope to gain from the Global Challenges Fellowship, (2) your experience in policy-making and policy research that is relevant for the fellowship and (3) how your proposed project fits with your intellectual or policy-making career goals. Max. 1,000 words.
  • For junior applicants only: the name and email address of a referee.

Please note that all required documents, including the CV, should be uploaded in PDF format.

Deadline for applying is 23 November 2015.

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For more information please visit the official website.

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