Program run in cooperation with the Open Society Archivum Budapest offers research fellowships at the Open Society Archives (OSA) at the Central European University in Budapest. Altogether, 12 fellowships are awarded annually to selected applicants from V4 countries and 3 fellowships annually to non-V4 applicants.
The fellowships are given on a competitive basis to scholars, artists or journalists who wish to conduct research at OSA, and whose current research projects are relevant to the holdings and the given research priorities of the fund and OSA.
fellowship is designed to provide access to the archives, cover travel to/from Budapest, modest subsistence, and accommodation for a research period of two months
. Scholarships for shorter periods are pro-rated.
As of the academic year 2016–2017, OSA plans to involve the fellows more closely in its own ongoing research work; selected fellows are thus expected to work together with at least one of the archive’s researchers.
The fellows take part in OSA’s research activities, attend in-house seminars, and, if possible, cooperation with other fellows (where possible). The intention is to build long-lasting working relationships, and involve former fellows in OSA’s research programs.
- Toolkits and media practices in ensuring objectivity;
- Conceptualizing, classifying, and practicing opposition (selection and support for what counts as a “movement”, “dissidence” or “non-conformism”);
- Techno-sciences of mass communication;
- Cold War wikipedia: documenting personalities and biographies (biographical card files, personal archives);
- Circuits of communication and (anti-)propaganda techniques: information gathering and classification, textual and visual dissemination (book programs, samizdat, TV monitoring, instructional and documentary movies);
- Assumptions and documentation of human rights abuses;
- Construction of political ‘facts’ amidst socio – economic issues (standards of living, urbanization, education, religion etc); Historical analysis of socialist welfare policy and poverty under communism;
- Documenting transnational phenomena in a time of polarized visions and imbalances between centers and peripheries;
- Consequences of Cold War conceptual schemes and treatment of information on current economic and socio-political issues.
The list does not exclude those applicants, who would like to pursue their own research that is different from the current research focus.