2021 Budapest Fellowship Program for Young American Scholars and Professionals

Deadline: June 1, 2021.

The Hungary Foundation together with Mathias Corvinus Collegium (Budapest, Hungary)  is now accepting applications to the 2021/2022 Budapest Fellowship Program.

This full-timefully-funded transatlantic fellowship opportunity in Budapest, Hungary, for young American scholars and professionals will run from September 2021 through July 2022.

The goal of the 10-month program is to cultivate the next generation of American policy professionals and academics and equip them with a thorough understanding of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Hungary.  The fellows will have an opportunity to conduct research on the topic of their choosing while also gaining practical experience researching or working at a Hungarian host institution that matches their professional interests.


The Budapest Fellowship Program is open for two categories of applicants:

  •       Junior Fellows: graduate students in their senior year or recent graduates
  •       Senior Fellows: advanced doctoral students (i.e. pre-doctoral fellows), post-doctoral researchers, and early career professionals

The Program will host four Junior and four Senior Fellows in 2021/2022. The program requirements are generally shared among all fellows but are custom-tailored to each fellowship category.  

All applicants must: 

  • Be a US citizen,
  • Have a research interest in Central and Eastern Europe,
  • Have excellent writing skills along with outstanding research, and academic credentials,
  • Have demonstrated leadership potential,
  • Present or develop a research plan specifically tailored to Hungary focusing on one of the following areas: EU-Hungary relations, US-Hungary bilateral relations, and transatlantic relations, the history and legacy of communism in Hungary, contemporary Hungarian society and the neighboring countries, Visegrad cooperation, economic development, energy security, foreign and defense policy, migration, national sovereignty, freedom of speech on social media platforms, public diplomacy, environmental conservation, and human rights.
  • Pre-doctoral applicants are required to have already made substantial progress towards a Ph.D. degree and should have a dissertation topic that generally fits within the research areas listed above. The program’s modified research requirement is to make significant progress towards a dissertation, through research or writing, assisted by an appropriate mentor institute from Ludovika – University of Public Service (for example, if US-Hungary/transatlantic relations focused, then the American Studies Research Institute).


  • A monthly stipend to cover living expenses in Budapest ($2,300/month for Junior Fellows, $2,500/month for Senior Fellows, $3,000/month for Senior Fellows with a family),
  • Assistance with housing in Budapest (option of upgraded college dorms downtown for Junior Fellows, private apartments for Senior Fellows),
  • Roundtrip air travel to Hungary,
  • Health insurance assistance for the fellow’s visa application process,
  • Assistance in obtaining a Hungarian temporary residence permit,
  • Hungarian language classes,
  • Book stipend and research support,
  • Organized field trips to neighboring countries and the Hungarian countryside.


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