Milena Jesenská Fellowships for North American Journalists

    NOTE: The Milena Jesenská Fellowships for North American Journalists are no longer available. European journalists, or American journalists working in Europe, should apply for a Milena Jesenská Fellowship through the IWM in Vienna (

    DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2008

    I. Objective
    The Milena Jesenská Fellowship Program for North American Journalists was established in 2005 by the Institute for Human Sciences (IHS) at Boston University. It offers North American journalists working in print, broadcast, and electronic media an opportunity to pursue in-depth research on a European topic of their choice.

    II. Conditions
    This program enables Milena Jesenská Fellows to spend up to three months (minimum of two weeks) at the Vienna-based Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM), an independent, interdisciplinary center for advanced study in the humanities and social sciences. Recipients of the fellowships are eligible for a stipend of up to $12,500 and are provided with office space, a PC with broadband Internet access, and the use of the IWM’s in-house research facilities as well as other relevant resources in Vienna. The research stay in Vienna can be complemented with trips to other countries of the region – both in the former “East” and the former “West” – where the IWM has an extensive network of contacts among intellectuals, scholars and politicians, as well as in the news media. Research visits to other European countries are encouraged, however, we expect fellows to be in residence in Vienna for major part of the fellowship. Candidates for the Milena Jesenská Fellowships must have experience in professional journalism. Applications from journalists in all fields will be considered. Their work may deal with any topic of European relevance, especially having to do with the issue of transatlantic relations. Fellowships are not intended for entry-level journalists or students.

    III. Application

    Complete applications must include the following:
    1. letter of introduction indicating preferred research period (between October 2008 and September 2009) and preferred duration (between 2 weeks and 3 months),
    2. concise project proposal (not more than 3 double-spaced pages),
    3. Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications, and
    4. two letters of reference

    Please submit applications by August 31, 2008 to:

    Milena Jesenská Fellowships for North American Journalists
    Institute for Human Sciences
    Boston University
    745 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215, USA

    Applications can also be submitted via email – – with the subject header: “Milena Jesenska Fellowships”

    IV. The Jury
    John Darnton - Associate Editor, The New York Times
    William Drozdiak - President, American Council on Germany; former Foreign Editor and Chief European correspondent, Washington Post
    James Hoge - (Chair) Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Affairs

    V. Background
    The Institute for Human Sciences (IHS) at Boston University was established in November 2001 in response to the growing tensions between the United States and Europe. It serves as a forum for non-partisan debate, research and education in the matters of international – especially transatlantic – relations. The Institute is also interested in the intersection of international relations and culture, and in the role and image of the United States in Europe. It is affiliated with the Vienna-based Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM). The IWM already sponsors a similar fellowship program for European journalists. Each year since 1998, the Milena Jesenská Fellowships have enabled up to five European journalists to work at the IWM for three months on projects with European scope and relevance. Projects have addressed issues such as patterns of organized crime in Central and Western Europe, the management of fear in Europe, and Muslim women in Europe.

    VI. Inquiries:
    617-358-2778 or

    Milena Jesenska

    Milena Jesenská (1896-1944) was an outstanding journalist and mediator between the Czech and the German cultures in Bohemia as well as an astute political commentator. She was detained in the Nazi concentration camp in Ravensbrück for her political involvement and resistance, where she died in 1944. She is widely known for her famous correspondence with Franz Kafka.

    Milena Jesenská Fellows 2006 - 2009