New Europe College (NEC) Fellowship Program 2021-2022

Applications are invited for the New Europe College (NEC) Fellowship Program 2021-2022.

This annual fellowship is for Romanian and international scholars (at postdoctoral level) in all fields of the humanities and social sciences (including law and economics).

New Europe College (NEC) is an independent Romanian Institute for Advanced Study in the humanities and social sciences founded in 1994 by Professor Andrei Pleșu (philosopher, art historian, writer, Romanian Minister of Culture, 1990–1991, Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1997–1999) within the framework of the New Europe Foundation, established in 1994 as a private foundation subject to Romanian law. Focused primarily on individual research at an advanced level, NEC offers to young Romanian scholars and academics in the fields of humanities and social sciences, and to the foreign scholars invited as fellows appropriate working conditions, and provides an institutional framework with strong international links, acting as a stimulating environment for interdisciplinary dialogue and critical debates.

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Fellows are expected to work on their projects and take part in the scientific events organized by NEC. Presence at the weekly seminars discussing the work in progress of the Fellows is compulsory. At the end of their Fellowship, Fellows are expected to hand in a research paper, reflecting the results of their work over the duration of the Fellowship. The papers will be included in an NEC publication.




The Fellowship consists of:

  • A monthly stipend of 850 Euros (tax-free).
  • Accommodation in Bucharest, comprising living quarters and working space.
  • Reimbursement of travel costs from the home/residence country to Bucharest and back.
  • Fellows who stay for the whole academic year are offered a one-month research trip to an institution of their choice.
  • Fellows have free access to the NEC library and electronic resources.


  • NEC Fellowships are open to postdoctoral level scholars (with the exception of Pontica Magna, which also accepts applications from doctoral students and non-degree candidates – see below).
  • Romanian and international candidates in all fields of the humanities and social sciences are eligible for the core NEC program.
  • Other Fellowship programs target candidates from specific countries or academic fields. See the descriptions below for details.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • You need to upload several documents to the application platform:
    • A recent photo
    • A scan of your PhD diploma
    • At least two original letters of reference (in English, French, or German) written explicitly to support your application for the NEC Fellowship. Referees can be invited to upload the letters themselves.
  • Answer all the questions mentioned in the application form and do not exceed the allotted space.
  • The project itself should not exceed 12,000 characters (with spaces), including footnotes/endnotes and bibliographical references.
  • The project should describe the state of research in your particular area of interest and indicate your objectives; it should also include bibliographical references.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

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