János M. Bak research fellowship: Call for applications

The Board of the János M. Bak Fellowship on Medieval Central Europe invites applications for its 2021 Fellowship.  With sadness, we also mark in this way, the passing of Professor Bak and wish to remember and take forward his legacy.

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, 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. 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”).

Applicants to the fellowship have to submit a CV, a list of publications and a research plan (c. 500 words) and to propose an output such as an article, book chapter, exhibition, film, or other form of publication. Fellows will be asked to hold a public lecture at CEU and be available for consultation to CEU students. 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 2021 will be three months, from April to June 2021. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend in the value of EUR 2000 (with a possibility of reimbursement of visa costs, if applicable). Please send your application package to bakfellowship@ceu.edu by 30 November 2020. If you have further questions please contact Professor Emilia Jamroziak, the Chair of the Board of the Fellowship at E.M.Jamroziak@leeds.ac.uk .