CFA - Fellowship opportunity for junior scholars

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Type: Fellowship for junior scholars

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Application deadline: February 15, 2020

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The Pilecki Fellowship program is awarded to researchers worldwide, representing disciplines in the humanities and social sciences (especially modern history, political science and international relations, sociology, international law studies and political philosophy), ready to work in a multidisciplinary and vigorous team and participate in vibrant discussions on political, social, economic, cultural, international and legal aspects and implications of the complex phenomenon of totalitarianism.

The Institute seeks scholars to carry out their own research projects who will contribute with their approaches, perspectives and new ideas. 


Preference will be given to projects in some way connected to Central and Eastern European countries as broadly understood and related to the following research areas:

  • Totalitarian systems and ideologies in the 20th century and its consequences.
  • The German and Soviet occupations of Central and Eastern Europe – legal, social, philosophical and historical aspects.
  • Sovereignty, human rights, genocide and international law in the wake of the catastrophe of the World War II.
  • Memory and memorialization of World War II.
  • Nationalism and political community in 20th-century Europe.
  • Personal experiences of war and totalitarianism in Europe.
  • Enslaved societies – resistance and strategies of survival in 20th-century Europe. 

The list of research areas is not definitive, and new ideas are also welcomed.

Pilecki Fellows will be invited to spend a term of five months in the years 2020-21 at the Pilecki Institute in Warsaw; it may be possible to extend this time period depending on the project and circumstances.


Junior Visiting Fellows EUR 2,000 per month to cover accommodation and living expenses in Warsaw and health insurance. Travel expenses for flying in-out as well as additional travel expenditures for project-related research trips will be covered by the Pilecki Institute.

Scholars planning to work on Poland-related matters who are not already fluent will be strongly advised to enter the Institute’s fully funded language programs to develop their command of Polish.


Candidates for the Pilecki Junior Fellowships

  • must currently be pursuing their doctoral degree at the dissertation stage or have recently obtained a PhD in an academic institution outside Poland in one of the academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences
  • must have at least one publication, preferably in the area of Central/East European studies, Polish studies, Holocaust studies, totalitarianism, WW II or other related subjects
  • must speak fluent English (C1 and above)


Candidates shall submit their applications to the following email address:

All application documents must be submitted in English. All applicants will be notified when their applications have been received.

The complete application should contain:

  • an application form that comprises:
    • an academic curriculum vitae
    • a research project proposal, including research questions/problem, the aims of the project, research methods, the expected results and
      an explanation of the importance of the research to its area of study (up to 1,000 words)
    • list of publications
    • a schedule for the research work to be done in Poland, explaining why it is essential for the project and including a list of archives or other institutions to be consulted
    • in the case of junior fellowships, a letter of recommendation from the applicant's academic supervisor or other scholars familiar with the applicants research/work. The reference letter should be sent directly by the referee from his/her official address to the following email address:
    • a Personal Data Protection statement (view the attached file)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed by a board of experts appointed by the Institute. Short-listed candidates will be invited to online interviews between February 24 and March 12. Candidates will be contacted individually to schedule the interview.

The list of successful candidates will be announced by March 20, 2020.

DEADLINE: Standing offer until February 15, 2020.

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