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Acadedmic Year 2011/2012

For a better and deeper understanding of the interdependent recent history of (the center of) Europe, the International Visegrad Fund offers 15 research fellowship grants annually in three categories in the Open Society Archives at Central European University, Budapest on a competitive basis to support scholars artists and journalists who wish to conduct research in the holdings of OSA, and whose current projects are relevant to the holdings and the given research priorities of the Fund and OSA. The grants of 2.000 euro each are designed to provide access to the archives for scholars, artists, and journalists, and to cover travel to and from Budapest, a modest subsistence, and accommodation for a research period of eight weeks. Stipends for shorter periods are pro-rated.

Applicants, preferably but not exclusively, from a V4 country, may be researchers, students after their second degree carrying out research, or artists, journalists, academics, or others, who have already started their project that is relevant for the holdings at OSA.

The successful candidates of each category will work at the OSA during their term of research and at the end of the research period they will present their individual research findings to the community of the Central European University, within the framework of the Visegrad Fund Fellow Lecture Series. OSA will publish the final research report, either in text or in audio-visual format, on the webpage of OSA/Visegrad Fund.

Category No. 1

September 2011

Péter Apor and his international research team was awarded a grant for their proposal Re-visualizing the Recent Past: Museums of Communism and Recent History in Post-Communist Eastern Europe.Final report

Open Call - We call for researchers who are willing to put together a research team (even including artists) and a project. The successful candidate for this call for proposals will be expected to undertake the following tasks: to build a research team; to plan the research project; and to oversee its execution. The research project will be focused on an area that is closely linked with one or more of the OSA Archives’ main collections.

Support will be offered to one research team per year. The international team of a minimum of five members (Team Leader included) will receive the equivalent of five full research grants, irrespective of the total number of researchers involved. Preferably, two thirds of the researchers come from a Visegrad country and the composition of the team has a wide geographical coverage.

The aim of the project is for the research group to produce material for a book based on the holdings of OSA and get it ready for publication. The final date to submit the proposals is September 30.

In AY 2011/12 there will be no more open calls in Category No. 1.

Assessment

Application procedure

Category No. 2

April 2012

Jana Bacevic, Serbia was awarded a partial grant for her proposal Education Policy in communist/socialist Yugoslavia.
Final report

January 2012

The following candidates were awarded a grant (full or partial): Karina Horení, Czech Republic for her proposal: 1989-1993: Negotiating of Czechoslovakian recent past, Gennadij Kuzovkin, Russia for his proposal: "Parting Iron Curtain": Radio Liberty and Its Policy towards Samizdat during Late Socialism (final report), Viktor Pál, Hungary for his proposal: The Birth of Modern Water Pollution and Water Protection in East Central Europe (ECE), from the industrial beginnings until the end of the 1960s (final report) and Andrea Tompa, Hungary for her proposal: Can you trust art criticism in the 70ies and 80ies? Criticism of opposition, consensus and subversion (final report).

On the reserve list is Jana Bacevic, Serbia for her proposal Education Policy in communist/socialist Yugoslavia.

October 2011

Natalia Yakubova, Russian Federation was awarded a grant for her proposal Return to the Underground? Legacy of the Alternative Theatre of the 1960-80-s.
Final report

On the reserve list is Jana Bacevic, Serbia for her proposal Education Policy in communist/socialist Yugoslavia.

July 2011

Irina Gordeeva (Russia) was awarded a grant for her proposal on Nonviolence and peaceful methods of protest in the public thought and historical experience.
Final report

Thematic Group – We call for proposals from individual researchers who agree to study the same topic and are willing to coordinate their efforts in such a way that their respective accomplishment of the research aim through different approaches will result in the joint publication preferably of a single volume.

There will be one chosen topic for any given academic year. For the year 2011-2012 this topic will be “Is There Anything Usable One Can Learn from Communism? (from science under communism, from public policy under communism, from resistance against communism, from transition after communism; is there anything that could be salvaged from beneath the ruins of communism; are there important forgotten scholarly or artistic works produced under communism worthy of rediscovering; are there scholars from the time of communism who should be rediscovered and reread; what are those achievements of creative arts, social sciences and humanities under communism that survived the Fall? etc)

In this category the Selection Committee will grant support to a maximum of five proposals in any given year. Should the autumn round of proposals in the 1st category fail to produce any winning entries, the number of grants to be offered can be raised to ten in the second category.

The call is closed for AY 2011/12.

Assessment

Application procedure

Category No. 3

April 2012

The following candidates were awarded a grant: Trever Hagen, USA for his proposal Calling Radio Free Europe: the Czechoslovak Service’s answering machine (Final report), Ilona Kiss, Hungary for her proposal “The theatre is game, the cinema is life”: The differentiation in the cultural policy on visual arts according to the goals of the propaganda in the period of stagnation in USSR (1964-1984) (Final report), Mária Vásárhelyi, Hungary for her proposal Public opinion and media research in Hungary, 1969-1991 (Final report).

January 2012

The following candidates were awarded a grant (full or partial): Ondrej Cakl, Czech Republic for his proposal: Virtual Guide through the Real Budapest, Nina Cingerova, Slovakia for her proposal: "Enemies in Cassocks and the New Saints. Anti-religious Propaganda and the Creation of Religion for the "new man" (Final report) and Krzysztof Wasilevski, Poland for his proposal: Radio Free Europe’s Polish Service and its struggle against communist propaganda (1951-1989) (Final report).

On the reserve list are: Trevor Hagen, USA for his proposal Calling Radio Free Europe: the Czechoslovak Service’s answering machine, Dawn Spring, USA for his proposal Advertising in the Age of Persuasion...1961 to the Present, Róbert Takács, Hungary for his proposal Hungary's Changing Image from the West between 1956 and 1968.

October 2011

Alexandra Botyánszki, Hungary was awarded a grant for her proposal The image of Samizdat in the Hungarian Official Propaganda between 1981-1990.
Final report

On the reserve list are: Trevor Hagen, USA for his proposal Calling Radio Free Europe: the Czechoslovak Service’s answering machine, Dawn Spring, USA for his proposal Advertising in the Age of Persuasion...1961 to the Present, Krzysztof Wasilevski, Poland for his proposal Radio Free Europe’s Polish Service and its struggle against communist propaganda (1951-1989).

July 2011

There were no grants awarded in this category.

In this category 5 proposals will be supported. Fellows are free to work on the project of their choice, however, in the academic year of 2011-2012, applicants with the following topic might enjoy advantage over other applicants:

  • The History of Propaganda, Objectivity and Truth under the Cold War and Right After

The call is closed for AY 2011/12.

Assessment

Application procedure

 

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Archive 2010

For a better and deeper understanding of the interdependent recent history of (the center of) Europe, the Visegrad Fund offers 10 research fellowship grants annually in the OSA Archivum at Central European University, Budapest on a competitive basis to support scholars who wish to conduct research in the holdings of OSA, and whose current research projects are relevant to the holdings and the given research priorities of the Fund and the Archivum.

The grants of 2.000 euro, are designed to provide access to the Archives for scholars, artists and journalists cover travel to and from Budapest, modest subsistence, and accommodation in Budapest for a maximum research period of two months.

Fellows are free to work on the project of their choice, however, in the academic year of 2010-2011, applicants with one of the following topics might enjoy advantage over other applicants:

  1. Representations and interpretations of World War II and/or subsequent wars in Europe;
  2. The complicated relationship between historiogrphy/history writing and propaganda.

Successful candidates are expected to work on their projects, give a presentation at the Central European University within the framework of the Visegrad Fund Fellow Lecture Series, and produce a final grant report (in text or in audio-visual format) in English, which will be posted on the OSA/Visegrad Fund website.

Applicants, preferably but not exclusively, from a V4 country, may be researchers, students after their first degree carrying out research, or artists, journalists, academics, or others who have already started their project that is relevant for the holdings at OSA.

In January 2011 the Visegrad Scholarship Grants at OSA were awarded to

  • Kata BOHUS (Hungary) for "Israel’s influence on the situation of Central-European Jews"
    Final report
  • Arsene SAPAROV (Republic of Armenia) for "The Role of Autonomy in the Post-Soviet Conflicts"
    Final report
  • Dusan SEGES (Slovak Republic) for "The Iron Curtain wasn't soundproof: the Council of Free Czechoslovakia and the RFE broadcast (1949-1967)"
    Final report
  • Marina ZAVACKA (Slovak Republic) for "Paradise at the Roots: Internal political and social history of the Slovak Communist Party in 1948-1956"
    Final report

In October 2010 the Visegrad Scholarship Grants at OSA were awarded to

  • Armen GRIGORYAN (Republic of Armenia) for "(Interpretations of the Causes of World War II)"
    Final report
  • Eszter HAJDU (Hungary) for "The Relationship between Jews and the Majority Nation as Depicted in Documentaries of the (Former) Socialist Countries"
    Final report
  • Michal KOPECEK (Czech Republic)  for "Democracy,Identity and the 'Legacy of Dissidence' in East Central Europe 1975 - 2004"
    Final report
  • Pawel SOWINSKI (Poland) for "Accelerating Peaceful Revolution. Polish Samizdat and Western Broadcasting"
    Final report

On the reserve list are

  • Julia SZEKELY (Hungary) for "The Practice of Erecting Public Monuments as a Form of History Writing. Construction of History During the Socialist and Post-Socialist Era in Budapest".
  • Emanuel COPILAS (Romania) for "Romanian international orientation during the communist regime (1948–1989)".

In July 2010 the Visegrad Scholarship Grants at OSA were awarded to

  • Anna MAZURKIEWICZ (Poland) for "The Cold War Victims or Weapons? The story of the Assembly of Captive European Nations".
    Final report
  • Helena ZAJICOVA (Czech Republic) for "Faces of Memory – Cultures of Remembrance and Documentary Filmmaking in Central and Eastern Europe".
    Final report
  • Bela NOVE (Hungary) for "Righteous of the Region" A Comparative Study of Refugee Crises in East-Central Europe 1939–1989.
    Final report

On the reserve list are

  • Julia SZEKELY (Hungary) for "The Practice of Erecting Public Monuments as a Form of History Writing. Construction of History During the Socialist and Post-Socialist Era in Budapest".
  • Emanuel COPILAS (Romania) for "Romanian international orientation during the communist regime (1948–1989)".
 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many applications can I submit at a time? – You can submit only one application at a time.
  2. If my application has been rejected can I submit it again? – No, but you can submit a different one.
  3. How many times can I apply? – You can apply any number of times until your application is selected.
  4. Can I apply for the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA grant if I have already been a grantee in a different Visegrad grant category? – Yes, you can.
  5. Is there a reserve list? – Yes, there is a reserve list. Those who were qualified for it will automatically be considered in the next two rounds of application.
  6. Will I get notification about rejection? – Yes. You will get e-mail notification. However, the names of the successful candidates will be posted on the OSA web site.
  7. Can I find out about the details of my evaluation? – Yes, you can. You can submit a request to the Grants Administrator, who will send you your evaluation scores and notes.
  8. If I am not from a V4 country does it matter which part of the world I come from? – No, it does not.
  9. Can it happen that I ask for a two month scholarship and I’m offered one for a shorter period? – Yes, this can happen. You will receive the offer in an e-mail and then you will have five days to accept it or turn it down. Failure to reply within five days is considered a rejected offer.
  10. Can I submit applications in two categories at the same time? - No, you cannot.  You can only submit one application at a time. If you do not receive support, you can submit a new application. If you receive support you cannot submit an other application in any category in the year following the end of your grant.
 
   

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Final Reports

2012

Gennadij KUZOVKIN (Russia) - Final report
Ilona KISS (Hungary) - Final report
Mária VÁSÁRHELYI (Hungary) - Final report
Viktor PÁL (Hungary) - Final report
Andrea TOMPA (Hungary) - Final report
Krzysztof WASILEVSKI (Poland) - Final report
Nina CINGEROVA (Slovakia) - Final report

2011

Jana BACEVIC (Serbia) - Final report
Trever HAGEN (USA) - Final report
Péter APOR (Hungary) - Final report
Natalia YAKUBOVA - Final report
Alexandra BOTYÁNSZKI (Hungary) - Final report
Irina GORDEEVA (Russia) - Final report
Marina ZAVACKA (Slovak Republic) - Final report
Dusan SEGES (Slovak Republic) - Final report
Arsene SAPAROV (Republic of Armenia) - Final report
Kata BOHUS (Hungary) - Final report

2010

Bela NOVE (Hungary) - Final report
Helena ZAJICOVA (Czech Republic) - Final report
Anna MAZURKIEWICZ (Poland) - Final report
Pawel SOWINSKI (Poland) - Final report
Michal KOPECEK (Czech Republic) - Final report
Eszter HAJDU (Hungary) - Final report
Armen GRIGORYAN (Republic of Armenia) - Final report

 
 

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Hoover Archives Research Assistance Scholarship

For a better and deeper understanding of the interdependent recent history of (Central and Eastern) Europe, the Freedom Broadcasting Foundation (formerly the RFE/RL Fund) and the Open Society Archives at Central European University (OSA) offer a grant which covers altogether 108 distant research hours in the Hoover Institution on a competitive basis to support scholars who wish to conduct research in the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holdings of the Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University, and whose current research projects are relevant to these holdings. The grant is designed to provide access to the holdings of Hoover Archives for European-based scholars, artists, and journalists, and covers the cost of research assistance at the rate of $23 per hour. The research is done by selected archival researchers at the Hoover Archives.

Applications for a reasonable number of hours of archival research are expected from researchers, graduate students (after their first degree) carrying out research, or artists, journalists, academics, or others who have already started a project that is relevant for the RFE/RL related holdings of the Hoover Archives. Grantees of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA may receive preference over other applicants.

Applicants should submit the following to OSA:

  1. Application letter in English (should specify the nature of the documents, including collection ID and box numbers) and the number of hours to be researched at the Hoover Archives).
  2. Research description in English (about 400 words; should indicate relationship between the current research topic, and the the chosen collection in the Hoover holdings etc.)
  3. Specific questions the Hoover research archivist should attempt to answer in reviewing the specified Hoover documents for the applicant.
  4. Short Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
  5. Names of two referees with contact address.

The Application package should be sent by email to Katalin Gádoros at the Open Society Archives, Central European University. ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

There are no deadlines in the grant program. Applications are considered as they are received by the Selection Committee, which normally meets four times a year. Final notification is usually within a month of the date of submission.

The grants administration is carried out by the OSA Grants Administrators.

The Grant scheme opens on February 1, 2011 and the call will be posted on the OSA website as long as the program continues. Applications are sent to OSA via e-mail, checked for formal critera (application letter, research proposal, CV and names of 2 referees), then receipt of arrival is sent back to the applicant via e-mail.

After a decision is reached and approved, the proposals with the names of successful candidates are posted on the OSA website and the Grants Administrators will contact each successful candidate via e-mail.

Grants are paid to the successful candidate against a signed grant letter. The candidate is responsible for contacting the archival researcher at the Hoover Institution (the Grants Administrator will provide the relevant contacts) and must give proper credit to the Hoover Institution in the final publication.

 
   

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