Wed 27 Nov 2019

Call for Applications: Prisma Ukraïna Visiting Fellowship 2020

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for a three-month Visiting Fellowship in 2020 within the framework of the research program Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe. Location: Berlin / Closing date: January 31, 2020

Call for Applications (PDF download)

Ukraine is a “Gate of Europe” located at the crossroads of languages, religions and political cultures. In our program, Ukraine serves as a prism through which new perspectives on current questions become possible.

Visiting Fellowhip

The fellowship is open to postdoctoral scholars from all fields of social sciences and humanities, as well as to authors, journalists and civil society activists who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Prisma Ukraïna program. Applications by young scholars from Eastern and Central Europe, broadly defined, are particularly encouraged.

We welcome project proposals on historical as well as contemporary topics related to society and culture in Eastern and Central Europe.      
The successful applicant will be Fellow of Prisma Ukraïna at the Forum Transregionale Studien, and associated member of one of the university or non-university research institutes listed below.

The three-month fellowship can start on April 1, Mai 1, or September 1, 2020. The fellow will receive a monthly stipend of 2,500 € plus supplement, depending on their personal situation. Organisational support regarding visa, insurances, housing etc. will be provided. The fellow is obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape seminars and working discussions related to their research field. Scholars are also welcome to apply with their own funding.
The working language of Prisma Ukraïna is English.


Application Procedure

An application should include:

— A curriculum vitae
— A project description (no longer than 5 pages), stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship
— A sample of scholarly work (maximum 20 pages from an article, conference paper, or dissertation chapter)
— The names of two researchers who can serve as referees (no letters of recommendation equired)

The application should be submitted as one PDF file in English and should be sent per email by January 31, 2020, to:

Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe
c/o Forum Transregionale Studien
Attn: Prof. Dr. Andrii Portnov
Wallotstrasse 14
14193 Berlin

Fax +49 30 - 89 001 440


Institutional Framework

Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe was initiated in 2016 at the Forum Transregionale Studien. It is directed by historian, Dr. Andrii Portnov, Professor of Entangled History of Ukraine at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder (, and operated by a collegium of Berlin- and Brandenburg-based scholars of Eastern Europe. The initiative aims at connecting research expertise in the Berlin area and across Europe.

Network members include:

—    Prof. Susanne Frank (Institute for Slavonic Studies, Humboldt University Berlin),
—    Prof. Sebastian Conrad (Friedrich Meinecke Institute, Free University Berlin),
—    Prof. Katharina Bluhm (Institute for East European Studies, Free University
—    Prof. Magdalena Marszałek (Institute for Slavonic Studies, University Potsdam),
—    Prof. Annette Werberger (Chair of East European Literature, European University Viadrina),
—    Prof. Gwendolyn Sasse (Center for East European and International Studies, Berlin),
—    Prof. Sylvia von Steinsdorff (Chair of Comparative Political Science and the Political Systems of Eastern Europe, Humboldt University Berlin),
—    Dr. Jan Behrends (Institute for Contemporary History, Potsdam),
—    Dr. Miloš Řezník (German Historical Institute, Warsaw),
—    Dr. Gabriele Freitag (German Association for East European Studies),
—    Dr. Denis Eckert (Centre March Bloch, Berlin),
—    Prof. Alexander Wöll (Institute for Slavonic Studies, University of Potsdam),
—    Prof. Alfrun Kliems (Institute for West Slavonic Literature and Culture, Humboldt University Berlin),
—    Prof. Theocharis Grigoriadis (Institute for East European Studies, Free University Berlin),
—    Prof. Gertrud Pickhan (Institute for East European Studies, Free University Berlin),
—    Dr. Katharina Biegger (Institute for Advanced Studies, Berlin),
—    Dr. Thorsten Wilhelmy (Institute for Advanced Studies, Berlin),
—    Dr. Matthias Schwarz (Center for the Study of Literature and Culture, Humboldt University Berlin),
—    Prof. George Witte (Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature, Institute for East European Studies, Free University Berlin).
—    Wilfried Jilge (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V.).

Prisma Ukraïna is funded by the Senate of Berlin. The funds for the visiting fellowship are provided by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius.
Further information on Prisma Ukraïna and its activities can be found at

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien is a research platform that promotes the internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences. The Forum provides scope for collaboration among researchers with different regional and disciplinary perspectives and appoints researchers from all over the world as fellows. In cooperation with universities and research institutions in and outside of Berlin, it carries out research projects that examine other regions of the world and their relationship to Germany and Europe systematically and with new questions. It supports the following research programs and initiatives: Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME), Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe, re:constitution – Exchange and Analysis on Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe. Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship and 4A Laboratory: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics are programmes connected to the Forum.
For more information on the Forum Transregionale Studien, please visit:

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