Budapest Fellowship Program 2020 for Young American Scholars and Professionals (Fully-funded to Hungary)

Budapest Fellowship Program 2020 for Young American Scholars and Professionals (Fully-funded to Hungary)

Deadline: June 30, 2020

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.

The program is expected to run from September 2020 through June 2021. 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’s structure is designed to nurture an understanding of Central and Eastern European, and specifically, Hungarian history and culture. 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.

Fellowship Highlights

  • Research
  • Teach
  • Learn and
  • Network in Hungary


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 – 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 neighbouring countries.


All applicants must submit their application online.

Budapest Fellowship Program Application – Junior

Budapest Fellowship Program Application – Senior

For more information, visit Budapest Fellowship.