Promoting the free and independent pursuit of scholarly research in the context of an interdisciplinary intellectual community is the main mission of Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University (IAS CEU).
Located in Budapest, IAS CEU brings together scholars from all over the world who work in a broad range of fields, in particular but not exclusively in the social sciences and humanities and law. An Artist-in-Residence Program (writers and visual artists) is offered on an annual basis as well. High level scholarly work is achieved through a combination of sustained, individually undertaken research and ongoing collaborations and conversations with other scholars. IAS CEU is committed to providing the fellows with the time, space and opportunity to do both and to choose their balance and form. Fellowships run for the full 9-month period (Oct-June), for the 3-month “short fall semester” (October-December), the 5-months “long fall semester” (Oct-February) or the 6-month spring semester (Jan-June). Each year, IAS CEU selects some 25 fellows for its programs.
Scholars are selected through a rigorous selection process, which involves soliciting multiple evaluations from experts in each field. Once in residence, fellows set their own research agenda and pursue their work according to their individual schedules and pace. They share their research findings in weekly formal and informal meetings and seminars, which foster an interdisciplinary intellectual community in each cohort. The staff of the Institute also helps fellows meet and collaborate with local researchers in their own fields and help identify existing research groups, ongoing workshops or public lectures which may be useful for their work. Research assistants, a wide array of international faculty as well as a CEU’s excellent research library are also available.
IAS CEU is intellectually and structurally independent of the CEU while the Institute is affiliated with Central European University and thus scholars have access to the intellectual and technological resources of the university, as well as its faculty, research groups and graduate students.
Premises and Facilities
The Institute is situated in Budapest, the vibrant intellectual and cultural capital city in Central Europe, and based physically in the international environment of Central European University.
The Institute is housed on the third floor of the so-called Marczibányi Palace, built in 1830-33 by architect József Hild. Fellows have offices on IAS CEU campus in the historic city of Budapest and live in the modern, beautifully located Raoul Wallenberg Guesthouse. Campus and guesthouse are at a comfortable 20-minute walk or a short bus-ride away.