Experience the transformative power of interdisciplinary collaboration at iASK through its Fellowship Program. As an institute that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, iASK fosters dialogue and cooperation across diverse fields such as environmental science, economy, history, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, physics, visual arts, and music. By offering a fresh perspective on sustainable development, cultural heritage preservation, and the complexities of modern societies, iASK drives innovation and generates meaningful impact. Groundbreaking initiatives, including the renowned KRAFT program for regional development and cultural heritage management, as well as the visionary Synergy Campus concept, which promotes interdisciplinary knowledge for the future, have redefined the landscape of research and academia. You are invited to join the iASK team and become an active participant in shaping the future of knowledge and society.
The Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (iASK) invites applications for individual research fellowships for periods of 3-5 months between March 1, 2024 and July 31, 2024.
Applications are expected to address a topic under the following three thematic priorities:
The flagship program at iASK is called KRAFT: Creative Cities and Sustainable Regions. We are looking for innovative applications that address complex regional development initiatives and ideas that transform into public policy to increase the vitality and sustainability of regions and micro-regions. An important aspect to consider is the role of cultural heritage and its maintenance.
Research will be supported that addresses the complexity and challenges of the modern world including globalization, the escalation of war, accelerating climate change, fragile societies, disruptive technologies, overpopulation, and mass migration. Multi-disciplinary methodologies supporting the research project (including complexity theory, quantitative and qualitative analysis, data science, and modelling) are encouraged. Research should relate social research to natural sciences, as well as promote policy discussions at local, regional and global levels.
Topics include (but are not limited to):
The COVID-19 pandemic, climate emergencies and multiple crises caused by the war in Ukraine have major implications on Europe’s security and geopolitics. A core goal of post-Cold War Europe was to progress with the enlargement project through systematic transformations, but these processes have been disrupted and the diverging trajectories of post-socialist countries need investigation, while at the same time placing them in a global context.
Topics include (but are not limited to):
What are the dynamics of the EU integration processes and the ensuing political, economic, social and cultural implications for the Western Balkans? How is the European perspective in the countries of the Western Balkans shaped, promoted, or challenged?
How do Southeastern European countries align with EU environmental standards? How can Balkan countries transition to more sustainable societies, and what challenges must be overcome in the process? What are the regional and cross-border cooperation possibilities for sustainable practices in the region?
What are the implications of different narratives (e.g., digital, popular, and official) and their temporalities for identity construction in the Balkans? What are the multiple appropriations, and who are the creators of these narratives in physical, online, and imaginary spaces of memory?
*Applicants from Southeastern Europe and the Balkans will be given priority.
Eligibility: The scholarship is open to applicants with advanced university degrees.Two categories of researchers are awarded:
Senior researcher: A senior professor or researcher (academic doctorate, habilitated associate professor) in any higher education or academic institution (university or research institute). In exceptional cases, expert applicants without a doctorate, but with demonstrated outstanding academic and professional achievements (scientific and artistic) may also apply. All must have at least 10 years of professional experience in their respective fields. Based on professional experience, scholarship levels range from 500,000-650,000HUF per month.
Early-career researcher: Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) be a doctoral student or doctoral candidate (who has completed their coursework) and their research must not be supported by other sources of funding; 2) hold a PhD/DLA degree. All must have 1-3 years of experience in higher education or research, and at least 3 publications in national or international journals. Based on professional experience, scholarship levels range from 350,000 to 450,000HUF per month.
The Selection Committee may reclassify the fellowship between senior and early-career candidates and will decide on the scholarship level.
ONLY APPLICATIONS IN ENGLISH ARE ACCEPTED. The working language at the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg is English.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 30, 2023 (24.00CET)
Applications are to be submitted electronically (scanned and signed, in PDF and Word format) and sent to: [email protected]; and hard copies by post to: Izabella Agárdi, Institute of Advanced Studies, Chernel utca 14, Pf. 4., Kőszeg, 9730 Hungary.
Deadline for sending the original, signed documents (date of postmark at the latest): November 30, 2023
The complete application package consists of:
There is no application fee.
Evaluation of applications
The evaluation of proposals will be carried out by a Selection Committee composed of experts in the relevant disciplines. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the evaluation by January 19, 2024.
About the Grant
Successful applicants will sign a legal contract with the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg and perform their academic activities during the grant period. Contractual conditions and obligations of the scholarship will be detailed after the evaluation of successful candidates This includes the requirement of physical presence at iASK for 75% of the scholarship period.
For further information, please contact: Izabella Agárdi (phone +36-94-200-528, e-mail: [email protected]).
For more information you can find the detailed call for proposals here: iASK Call for Proposals 2024_downloadable