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Józef Tischner Fellowships for Polish and Polish-American Scholars


Józef Tischner (1931–2000), one of the most eminent contemporary Polish philosophers and the first chaplain of Solidarność, was founding president of the IWM. In his memory, the Józef Tischner Fellowship has been granted to junior researchers from Poland and young Polish-American scholars since 2003. The fellowship is open to all academic disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences; research proposals related to one of the IWM ’s main fields are strongly encouraged.


The Józef Tischner Fellow will be invited to spend a six-month term at the IWM to pursue her/his research project while working in residence. The fellow will receive a stipend to cover accommodation, living expenses, travel, health insurance and incidentals during the stay at the Institute. Furthermore, the IWM will provide an office, access to the internet, in-house research facilities and other relevant sources in Vienna.

Józef Tischner Fellows are eligible for a grant under the homing Program of the Foundation for Polish Science (for details:


Candidates for the Józef Tischner Fellowship

  • must be Polish citizens or permanently reside in Poland; the fellowship is also open to Polish-American scholars
  • must currently pursue their doctoral degree or have recently obtained a Ph.D.
  • must not be older than 35 years


The application consists of the following materials:

  • the application form
  • a concise research proposal in English (max. 4 pages, double spaced, a4)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • two letters of recommendation by scholars familiar with your academic work

For further details please see the web site:

Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen
Fellowship Coordinator
Spittelauer Lände 3
1090 Wien
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The program is made possible by an endowment established with grants from:
Pope John Paul II
Foundation Open Society Institute
Kosciuszko Foundation (New York)