The Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Fellowships

Year 2011

Project description

The Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Fellowships 2017-2018

Program: “International Projects”, 2017

Area: Siberian, Ural and Far-Eastern federal districts, and the Voronezh, Lipetsk, Belgorod, Ryazan and Kaluga regions

Applications accepted: 28 February – 28 April 2017

Applications reviewed: May 2017

Total budget of the contest: 38100 EUR

Individual grant amount: 12 700 EUR

The Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna/Austria, jointly announce the Call for Applications for the Alexander Herzen Fellowships 2017-2018.

The Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Fellowships are designed as an award for excellence for the most promising young researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences from the Siberian, Ural and Far-Eastern federal districts, and the Voronezh, Lipetsk, Belgorod, Ryazan and Kaluga regions


▫ to support highly qualified and promising academics, giving them access to an international and multidisciplinary research community as well as an excellent infrastructure;

▫ to offer a fertile ground for their individual development and professional advancement; and

▫ to strengthen academic mobility and the integration into the international research community, thus enabling them to broaden their professional network.

Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Fellows are selected on the basis of an open competition. They will work “in residence” at the IWM in Vienna, Austria, for six months to pursue their individual research projects as members of the Institute’s international, multidisciplinary scholarly community.


Candidates for the Fellowships

▫ must have completed a degree equivalent to a Master of Arts (M.A.) in the humanities or social sciences and currently pursue a post-graduate degree in the humanities or social sciences;

▫ or must have recently obtained a Ph.D. in the humanities or social sciences and work as post-doctoral researchers;

▫ must not be older than 35 years;

▫ must have experience in working on research projects independently

▫ must have advanced English language proficiency, allowing them to present and discuss their research in English; and

▫ must live, study and work in the Siberian, Ural and Far-Eastern federal districts, and the Voronezh, Lipetsk, Belgorod, Ryazan and Kaluga regions.

Entry-level students who have not completed a Master’s degree are not eligible!

The program is generally open to all research topics within the humanities and social sciences. However, to facilitate opportunities for academic exchange between fellows at the IWM, research proposals related to one of the Institute’s main fields of study are strongly encouraged. These fields are

▫ Sources of Inequality

▫ Religion and Secularism

▫ Democracy in Question

▫ United Europe - Divided History

▫ Cultures and Institutions in Central and Eastern Europe

▫ The Philosophical Work of Jan Patočka

For more information refer to the IWM website (


Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Fellows are selected on the basis of an open competition and according to the criteria set out in the Call for Applications. All candidates who meet the formal criteria are eligible to apply.

Candidates must submit the following materials:

▫ the application form (Russian and English versions)

▫ a motivation letter summarizing the applicant’s qualification and experiences as well as the professional/academic advancement expected from the fellowship

▫ a concise research proposal in Russian and English (max. 4 pages)

▫ a curriculum vitae in Russian and English

▫ a sample of an academic publication written by the applicant

▫ three letters of recommendation by scholars familiar with the applicant’s academic work

Please send your application drawn up in accordance with the conditions outlined above (one printed copy and a complete electronic version on any data medium) to the following postal address: 123104, Moscow, Òverskoy Bulvar 13, bldg 1, tel. +7 (495) 229-95-91, fax +7 (495) 229-91-03.

The electronic version should be sent to the following e-mail address:

Application are accepted till 28 April 2017

Applications sent after the deadline or incomplete applications will not be considered. The Foundation will neither return any materials sent by the applicants, nor justify the motives of refusal of applications.

For additional information and advice please contact:

Irina Moglovets – International Projects Manager, cell phone +7 (920)437 4422, e-mail:

Each eligible application will be evaluated by an expert jury according to the following selection criteria:

▫ overall academic qualification and achievements of the candidate;

▫ quality and relevance of the proposed research project; and

▫ potential benefit of the research stay at the IWM for the proposed project.

Members of the Jury are:

János Mátyás Kovács, Permanent Fellow at the IWM; Member of the Institute of Economics at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

Ivan Krastev, Permanent Fellow at the IWM; Chair of the Board of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Bulgaria

Alexei Miller, Leading Research Fellow at the Institute for Scientific Information of the Russian Academy of Sciences; recurrent Visiting Professor at the Department of History, Central European University, Budapest

Irina Prokhorova, Editor-in-chief of the New Literary Observer; Co-Founder and Chairman of the Expert Board of the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation

The jury is not required to justify its decisions.

Applicants will be notified of the jury decision in June 2017

The fellows selected will sign the contract with the Foundation, where conditions and requirements of the grant will be specified.


Three Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Fellows will be invited to spend a six-month research term at the IWM between July 2017 and June 2018. The exact dates of the fellowship term will be negotiated individually with each fellow.

Fellows work on their research projects independently and autonomously. They are asked to present and discuss their ongoing research and results in a seminar and/or at the IWM Junior Visiting Fellows’ Conference (in English). The papers presented at these conferences are published online as an edited volume on the IWM website.

In addition, the IWM organizes a broad program of lectures, debates, workshops and conferences and encourages the fellows to take part. The working language at the Institute during the fellowship (i.e. for lectures, seminars, workshops) is English.

At the end of their stay, Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Fellows receive a certificate confirming the nature, duration and other relevant details of their research period at the IWM. Each fellow is required to submit a report to the Institute and the Foundation upon completion of the fellowship term. If the fellow does not comply with this requirement, the Foundation reserves the right to reclaim the grant.

The IWM will provide the fellows with a personal office with standard IT equipment (including free high-speed internet), access to research facilities in-house and at other relevant institutions in Vienna. The Institute will help to arrange suitable accommodation in Vienna.

The fellows will receive a grant (stipend) in the amount of EUR 12 700 in total to cover all expenses related to their stay in Vienna. This includes

travel costs to/from Vienna at the beginning and end of the fellowships

fees and other costs for obtaining a visa

health insurance coverage for Austria

housing costs in Vienna

local transport in Vienna

administrative costs at the IWM (general fee, copies, phone charges)

research-related costs (books and other material; travel, accommodation and other costs for participation in conferences or archival research, etc.)

general living expenses (food, all other incidentals).

The conditions and requirements of the grant will be specified in a contract in detail. 


The Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, IWM) is an intellectually and politically independent institute for advanced study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Since its foundation in 1982, the Institute has promoted intellectual exchange between East and West, academia and society, and a variety of disciplines and schools of thought. The IWM is sustained by a community of scholars consisting of Permanent Fellows, Visiting Fellows and Guests. During each year, the IWM hosts about fifty researchers, journalists and translators.