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Boston University Vienna Program

    I. Objective
    There are will be three Junior Visiting Fellowships at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM) in Vienna available to Boston University students during the academic year 2010-2011.

    The Junior Visiting Fellowship program offers graduate students in the humanities and social sciences an opportunity to pursue their research in Vienna under the guidance of the IWM’s Permanent and Visiting Fellows. Permanent Fellows are: Cornelia Klinger (Gender Studies, Philosophy), Janos Matyas Kovacs (Economics, Political Science), Krzysztof Michalski (Philosophy), Klaus Nellen (History of Ideas, Patocka Archive), Timothy Snyder (History) and Charles Taylor (Philosophy).

    II. Conditions
    The period of residency in Vienna will be ten months, from September through June. Junior Visiting Fellows will receive a stipend of $18,000 to cover transportation, rent and living expenses. Fellows will be provided office space with a personal computer and access to in-house and Viennese research facilities.

    III. Eligibility
    In order to qualify, applicants should be full-time graduate students at Boston University at the time of application and have a well-conceived research project that corresponds to the IWM’s fields of research or policy oriented projects. Knowledge of German is not a requirement.

    Applications are especially encouraged from doctoral and post-doctoral candidates in Anthropology, International Relations, Modern History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, and interdisciplinary studies in the University Professors Program and from master’s degree candidates in Journalism or International Relations. Preference will be given to research projects that are thematically related to the IWM’s current fields of research and policy oriented projects, in particular:
    - Sources of Inequality / Social Solidarity
    - Religion and Secularism
    - United Europe - Divided Memory
    - Cultures and Institutions: Central and Eastern Europe in a Global Context
    - The Philosophical Work of Jan Patocka

    IV. Application Procedure
    In addition to completing the required application form (click here to download it), applicants must submit a concise research proposal, curriculum vitae, and letter of recommendation from a Boston University professor familiar with their academic background.

    Applications will be judged against the following criteria:
    - academic excellence,
    - strength of references,
    - the quality of research project, and
    - justification for study and research at the Institute.

    Please submit completed applications and references to the IMW Selection Committee, Institute for Human Sciences, Boston University, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.

    Application Deadline for academic year 2011-2012: December 1, 2009

    NOTE: Please inquire with the Philosophy Department for information about the 2011-2012 Junior Fellowships.