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Call for applications for 2024-2025 Józef Tischner Junior Visiting Fellowship are open now!

All academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences are eligible for Józef Tischner Fellowships; however, a thematic connection to one of the Institute’s study areas is highly recommended. The Józef Tischner Junior Fellows will be granted permission to work on their research projects at the IWM for a duration of four months, starting in September 2024 and ending in June 2025.

The IWM’s first president was Józef Tischner (1931–2000), one of the most important Polish philosophers of the 20th century and the organization’s first chaplain. Since 2003, fellowships in his honour have been given to young Polish-American scholars and junior researchers in Poland. The Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) is an institute of advanced studies in the humanities and social sciences. Krzysztof Michalski, a young Polish philosopher, and two German colleagues founded it in neutral Austria in 1982 as a place of encounter. Its original goal was to provide a venue for the gathering of famous Western academics and dissident Eastern European thinkers.

Together With The Polish Ministry Of Science And Education a monthly stipend  will be awarded to postdoctoral candidates, meaning those who have defended their PhD by the deadline for fellowship applications; candidates who are still pursuing their PhD will also receive a monthly stipend  to cover living expenses, travel, health insurance, and any other incidental costs associated with their stay in Vienna.

Furthermore, the IWM offers free office space, internet access, internal research and administrative facilities, and other services to Visiting Fellows. The Visiting Fellows will become a part of the academic community and take part in Institute events. Fellowships typically begin on the first and terminate on the last day of each month. Senior Visiting Fellowships in this program are granted by invitation only. Expert panellists will choose the finalists. The jury’s verdict will be communicated to the applicants during the spring semester of 2024. The jury is not compelled to provide applicants specific feedback on their applications or to publicly defend its choices.




  • Postdoctoral candidates will receive stipend of EUR 3,000 per month; candidates currently pursuing their doctoral degree will receive a stipend of EUR 2,500 per month to cover accommodation, living expenses, travel, health insurance and any incidental costs related to their stay in Vienna.
  • In addition, the IWM provides Visiting Fellows with office space, including internet access, in-house research and administrative facilities, as well as other services free of charge.


  • must be Polish citizens, Polish-American scholars or permanently reside in Poland
  • must be enrolled in a doctoral program in the humanities or social sciences or have obtained a PhD in the same fields in the past four years
Eligible Regions: Poland.

Application Process

  • Visit the Apply link by clicking on the “APPLY NOW” button.
  • Fill the the cells with necessary information.

Application materials consist of the following:

  • a brief letter of motivation that addresses how the project would benefit from time at the IWM, the connection to the IWM’s mission and research, and concrete research/writing goals during the fellowship
  • a project description (max. 550 characters)
  • a project proposal (max. 7,500 characters incl. spaces) containing a description of the project’s a) objectives, b) the state of the art, c) methods, and d) a work plan
  • a curriculum vitae including a list of publications
  • two letters of recommendation from scholars familiar with the applicant’s academic work

Note: Attached documents must be combined into a single PDF, as the online submission form only allows for one attachment. File names of attachments must use Latin characters. All application materials should be in English.

Application Deadline: February 14, 2024

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For Further Queries

For further queries contact - Franz Graf, Fellowship Program Coordinator through Email: [email protected]
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