Call for Applications – János M. Bak Fellowship

The Board of the János M. Bak Fellowship on Medieval Central Europe invites applications for its 2022 Fellowship.  

The Fellowship will be awarded to an early- or mid-career researcher (upper limit 15 years from the award of the PhD, excluding periods of maternity/paternity leave) who has already shown significant contribution to the research of medieval Central Europe in any field of study in the period between 800 and 1600 CE. The fellowship is open to scholars of any nationality, irrespective of employment status. While hosted by the Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University (Budapest and Vienna) it will be located at the CEU’s Budapest campus. Janos Bak Fellows will be accommodated in the Raoul Wallenberg Guesthouse. It is required to be resident in Budapest for the duration of the fellowship and to take an active part in the research culture of the Department of Medieval Studies. We particularly encourage projects that make an explicit use of academic, archival, library or museum resources in Budapest. When appropriate, the fellows will also have the possibility to associate themselves with one of the workgroups of the CEU Democracy Institute, and make a medievalist contribution to their themes (such as “the rule of law”, “media and digital technologies”, “inequalities” and, especially, “the history of ideas and practices of democracy”). Fellows will be asked to hold a public lecture at CEU and be available for consultation to CEU students.

Application process
Applicants to the fellowship have to submit:

  •  a CV, 
  • a list of publications 
  • a research proposal (c. 800 words) containing the following: 
  • outline of proposed research (in the context of existing scholarship),
  •  why this project will benefit from being conducted in Budapest 
  • how the applicant is going to contribute to the activities of Department of Medieval Studies at the CEU. 

As a part of the selection process the shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview (via video-conferencing), in which they will be expected to elaborate on their research plans during the fellowship and the engagement with the host department at the CEU.    

The duration of the fellowship in 2022 will be three months, from April to June 2022. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend in the value of EUR 2000 (with a possibility of reimbursement of visa costs, if applicable).

Application deadline: 30 November 2021.

Please send your application package to

Contact: Professor Emilia Jamroziak, the Chair of the Board of the Fellowship,

MECERN Book Presentations

We are inviting you to a new series of events. MECERN will organize every second month on the first Tuesdays a series of presentations of the recent books on Medieval Studies published in our region.

The first MECERN Book Presentation evening will occur on
October 5, at 6 p.m. (CET)



Trpimir Vedriš (University of Zagreb):

I vescovi della Dalmazia al Concilio di Hieria del 754. 
Appunti sulla geografia storica dell’Adriatico meridionale bizantino nell’VIII secolo
(Split, 2021)

Katalin Szende (CEU PU):

Dalmatia and the Exercise of Royal Authority in the Árpád-Era Kingdom of Hungary (Budapest: BTK TTI, 2021)

Antonin Kalous (Palacký University, Olomouc):

The Grand Tour of John of Capistrano in Central and Eastern Europe (1451-1456). 
Transfer of Ideas and Strategies of Communication in the Late Middle Ages
(Warsaw-Lublin: Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wydawnictwo KUL, 2018)

Letters related to the History of Poland and Silesia (1451-1456)
(Warsaw-Lublin: Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of Science, 2018) [Gábor Klaniczay, Letizia Pellegrini, Filippo Sedda, and Ludovic Viallet, eds., Corpus epistolarum Ioannis de Capistrano / Correspondence of John of Capistrano, vol. 1]

Researchers Interview with Anna Kinde (CEU)

In 2018, Anna Kinde received an MA in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern studies at CEU, and wrote her thesis about the use of ambulatories in fourteenth-century Central European cathedrals. Her present research continues this theme and focuses on the use of the eastern end of late Medieval cathedrals in Central Europe. We talked with her about her research.
Click here to listen to the whole interview: