Global Challenges Junior and Senior Fellowships 2017/2018

Global Challenges Junior and Senior Fellowships 2017/2018

Deadline: November 17, 2016

Apply now to the Global Challenges Junior and Senior Fellowships 2017/2018. The Global Challenges Fellowship assembles scholars from rising non-Western powers to explore questions in the humanities or social sciences relevant to the most pressing public policy challenges of the 21st century. GCF fosters new forms of scientific collaboration and enhances transnational and interdisciplinary cooperation between regional and international partners.


  • SPP and IAS CEU provide stimulating environments in which fellows can devote themselves to their research and share their work with peers through weekly seminars and other community programs. Fellows have access to all CEU facilities, including seminar and conference spaces, computer services and library resources. They also benefit from CEU’s vibrant international atmosphere, its strong ties in the region and its location in culturally rich Budapest. In Berlin, GPPi provides a network and working conditions conducive to the more practice-orientated phase of the fellowship.
  • 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 IAS CEU.
  • Senior fellows will receive a net monthly stipend of 2,500 Euros for the duration of the program to help support their stay in Budapest and Berlin. Junior fellows will receive a net monthly stipend of 1,500 Euros. In addition, all fellows will receive a housing allowance for their stays in Budapest and Berlin. Fellows also receive limited funds (up to 2,000 Euros) for travel to and from their home country and between Budapest and Berlin, as well as health insurance coverage.
  • The maximum fellowship period is eight months. Fellows will spend about 75% of their time at SPP and IAS CEU in Budapest and 25% at GPPi in Berlin. Applications for shorter stays (a minimum of four months in Budapest) will be considered only in exceptional cases. If following the standard schedule, fellows will arrive on October 1, 2017, and stay in Budapest until March 30, 2018, when they move to Berlin for a two-month stay, until May 30, 2018. The fellowship is not renewable and cannot be extended.
  • Fellows will work on a defined project in one of the three designated research areas and will be expected to produce a publication in the form of an academic piece (a working paper or journal article) and/or a policy paper that builds on their academic research.


  • Open to applicants (in particular those working in the field of public policy) from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and Turkey. They 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;
  • 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, 2010). 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, 2013).

Selection Criteria

Fellows will be chosen by a selection committee with representatives from the three program partners. The selection process will include interviews with shortlisted candidates. The committee will consider primarily the quality of the research proposal, publication record, research agenda, relevance and feasibility of the proposed project, record of policy engagement and proficiency in the English language.

Applicants will be notified when their applications have been received and when the evaluation process has been completed.

Application Process

Fellowship applications must be submitted online as detailed below.

  • Application begins with a registration;
  • After registration, you will receive a password. You need this password in order to complete the application form and upload the required documents in PDF format here;
  • You will be required to submit the following materials with your application:
    • The application form, to be completed online.
    • 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: GCF CV format
    • 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.

You can save your work before logging out and then log back in to submit the application at a later time. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on November 17, 2016 (Central European Time, GMT+1). Please note that all required documents, including the CV, should be uploaded in PDF format.

For more information, visit Global Challenges Fellowship.