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Milena Jesenská Fellowship 2019/20 Instytutu Nauk o Człowieku w Wiedniu

Milena Jesenská Fellowships Call for Application 2019/20


The Milena Jesenská Fellowship Program, named after the Czech journalist, writer, and translator Milena Jesenská (1896–1944), offers European journalists time off from their professional duties in order to pursue in-depth research on a topic of their choice.

The call is directed towards cultural journalists, with the term “cultural” being interpreted in abroad sense to encompass a wide variety of intellectual and artistic fields. However, applicants’ work may also deal with societal issues of European
relevance and be related to one of IWM’s Research fields (for details please see www.iwm.at/research).


During the next fellowship term (July 2019–June 2020) four fellows are invited to spend three months each at the IWM in Vienna, Austria.
They will receive a stipend of EUR 2,500 per month. In addition, the IWM provides them with an office including access to internet, administrative
and research facilities as well as other Services free of charge. Travel grants of up to EUR 1,900
can be paid for project-related research trips.


Milena Jesenská Fellowships are intended as an award for excellence and are directed towards experienced European journalists (including Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey).
Applicants must have worked in print, broadcast or online journalism for several years and must have an outstanding professional record. Applications by entry-level journalists or students will be rejected.

Applications have to be submitted via the online application form including:
a concise project proposal in English (max. 8,000 characters incl. spaces) with a description of the intended outcome (book, article(s), film, TV or radio broadcast etc.)
a curriculum vitae
a list of publications
Please submit all your application materials as PDF files!

Application Deadline: January 11, 2019

Further Details and Online Application:


A jury of experts will evaluate the applications and select the finalists. Applicants will be notified of the jury decision in late spring 2019. The jury is not required to publicly justify its decisions.

About the IWM

The Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna is an intellectually and politically independent Institute for advanced study in the humanities and social sciences. Since its foundation in 1982, the Institute
has promoted intellectual exchange between East and West, academia and society, and a variety of disciplines and schools of thought.

The IWM is sustained by a community of scholars consisting of Permanent Fellows, Visiting Fellows and Guests. During each year, the IWM hosts about one hundred researchers and journalists.

Cooperation Partners

ERSTE Foundation is a creative workshop for ideas and innovation, a lab for topics of the future which increases its effectiveness through the strategic cooperation with networks.
As main shareholder of Erste Group ERSTE Foundation secures the independent future of one of the largest financial services providers in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. As a private Austrian savings banks foundation, the foundation is committed to serve the common good.
We invest parts of our dividends into the region in which Erste Group operates. Our goals are to strengthen civil society, foster the inclusion of socially disadvantaged groups and promote contemporary
culture in Europe.

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