Budapest Fellowship Program 2020 for Young American Scholars and Professionals

Budapest Fellowship Program 2020 for Young American Scholars and Professionals

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Date: September 2020 – June 2021

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Summary: The Hungary Initiatives Foundation together with Mathias Corvinus Collegium (Budapest, Hungary) invite applications for the Budapest Fellowship Program. This is a full-time, fully-funded transatlantic fellowship opportunity in Budapest, Hungary, for young American scholars and professionals.

Details: The goal of the 10-month program is to cultivate the next generation of American policy professionals and equip them with a thorough understanding of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Hungary.  The fellows will have an opportunity to conduct independent research on the topic fellows choose while gaining practical experience working at a Hungarian host institution that matches their professional interests. The program will offer extensive professional and personal networking opportunities and fellows will be matched with local mentors to guide them during their fellowship journey.


The scholarship will provide:

  • a monthly stipend to cover living expenses in Budapest ($1500/month for Junior Fellows, $2000/month for Senior Fellows, $2500/month for Senior Fellows with a family),
  • housing in Budapest (upgraded college dorms on the campus of the Ludovika – the University of Public Service for Junior Fellows, private apartment for Senior Fellows),
  • roundtrip air travel to Hungary,
  • health insurance assistance for the fellow’s visa application process,
  • Hungarian language classes,
  • book stipend and research support,
  • organized field trips to neighboring countries and the Hungarian countryside.


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

  • Junior Fellows: senior graduate students
  • Senior Fellows: post-doctoral researchers and early career professionals

The Program will host two Junior and two Senior Fellows starting September 2020.


All applicants must:

  • Be US citizens,
  • Have a research interest in Central and Eastern Europe,
  • Have outstanding research and academic credentials,
  • Have demonstrated leadership potential,
  • Develop a research plan specifically tailored to Hungary focusing on one of the following areas: economic development, human rights, foreign and defense policy, energy security, public diplomacy, EU-Hungary relations, US-Hungary relations, the history and legacy of communism in Hungary, contemporary Hungarian society and the neighboring countries.

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For Senior Fellows, click to apply 

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