Call for Applications: Global Challenges Fellowship 2015/2016

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. Click here for more information about this opportunity.

About the Program 

The School of Public Policy (SPP) and the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University (CEU IAS) in Budapest and the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin invite applications from outstanding researchers from nine countries (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Turkey) to participate in the Global Challenges Fellowship program for the 2016–17 academic year. This unique collaborative program seeks to bridge policy theory and practice to generate mutually beneficial and groundbreaking exchanges between the two areas. The goal is to encourage fresh perspectives on some of the most pressing global public policy challenges by forging closer ties between policy practitioners and academics from Europe and outside the “established West.” Outstanding practitioners and researchers are invited to submit applications that demonstrate innovative approaches in the fields listed below. The Global Challenges Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for skill development, academic research, professional experience, and involvement in the scholarship and policy work of host institutions.

Starting October 1, 2016, Global Challenges Fellows will spend seven to eight months conducting analytical and policy work and engaging with policy practitioners at SPP and CEU IAS in Budapest and at GPPi in Berlin. Although the precise timetable will depend on their research projects, fellows will likely spend more than half of their time in Budapest. During their stay in Budapest, fellows will be associated with the two institutes – SPP and CEU IAS – to varying degrees, depending on their backgrounds.

Fellows will conduct independent research with the goal of producing journal articles, book chapters and/or policy papers and will participate in a series of small working-group discussions and seminars. Other researchers and fellows at SPP, CEU IAS and GPPi will engage with Global Challenges Fellows during and after the fellowship year to build a community of professionals who share a commitment to improving policy outcomes on a range of key global challenges. During the fellowship, the three institutions will assist fellows in developing professional networks with the academic and policy research communities in Budapest and Berlin, laying the foundation for lasting engagement and exchange. Fellows will work on a concrete project in one of the two research areas listed below that leads to a publication in the form of an academic piece (a working paper or journal article) and/or a policy paper that builds on academic research. Fellows must have empirical material ready for analysis by the time they arrive in Budapest so that they can read relevant literature and work on formulating their argument and producing a policy paper or document during their stay.

The Global Challenges Fellowship is looking for innovative ideas and projects that deal specifically with issues of global governance and the most pressing global challenges. Within this broader focus, applicants can apply for junior- and senior-level fellowships in Peace and Security, and Humanitarian Assistance and Human Rights.

Eligibility, Qualifications, Experience

  • Applicants (in particular those working in the field of public policy) from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and Turkey are eligible to apply. Applicants 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.
  • Applicants 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, 2009). 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, 2012).

Supported by the Volkswagen Foundation, the fellowship is hosted by the School of Public Policy and the Institute for Advanced Study, both at Central European University in Budapest, as well as the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin.

For more information about the selection process and application instructions, please visit the GCF website. Questions and comments about the program may be sent to All applications for the program must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on November 23, 2015 (Central European Time, GMT+1).



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