August 1, 2018

One year Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Romani Studies

Application deadline:  August 31, 2018

Starting date: October 1, 2018

The Romani Studies Program (RSP) of the Central European University (CEU) and Harvard’ FXB Center for Health and Human Rights invite applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in Romani Studies , as part of the CEU Roma in European Societies (RES) initiative and the Harvard Roma Program at FXB.  The fellowship is designed for one year.

CEU’s Roma in European Societies is a collaborative initiative supporting efforts to improve the situation of Roma in all sectors at the local, national, and regional levels through teaching, course development and research, leadership development, and community outreach. RES is funded by the Velux Foundations, Roma Education Fund, and the OSF Roma Initiatives Office.

The Roma Program at Harvard is a research initiative aiming to shift Romani studies from the margins of academic interest toward a more central place in social and political theory and in multidisciplinary and multiregional studies. The Roma Program seeks to put Roma rights on academic and policy agendas in the United States and elsewhere by amplifying the voices of leading and emerging Romani scholars and leaders through research, events, and publications.

For more information on the Roma in European Societies at CEU, please visit: https://romanistudies.ceu.edu/roma-european-societies

The Postdoctoral Fellow will pursue research in the area of social studies. Their research work is expected to make a significant and original contribution to knowledge production on Roma, The fellow will be based at CEU RSP premises in Budapest during the first semester. Harvard’s FXB Center in Boston, USA will host the postdoctoral fellow during the second semester. 

The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to report regularly on their progress to CEU Chair of Romani Studies and the Director of the Roma Program at Harvard.


  • Ph.D. degree or equivalent in the social sciences or humanities and previous experience working with Roma communities. 
  • Applicants are expected to be able to communicate fluently in English (in speaking & writing) as this is the working language of both programs.   
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated record of scholarship and policy engagement. 


CEU offers a competitive fellowship package.

How to apply?

Applicants need to submit:

  • A CV including information about previous work and publications, as well as policy engagement (max 5 pages). 
  • A research proposal indicating the need for the proposed research topic, the contribution it is expected to make to the field of Romani Studies and social sciences in general, the aim of the proposal, detailed activities, expected results and risks (max. 3,000 words).   
  • A writing sample (max. 8,000 words, could be a published material).   
  • The names and email addresses of two referees.  

Informal enquiries may be addressed to res@ceu.edu.

Applicants must submit the above requested documents in a single PDF file by email to res@ceu.edu  indicating the job code in the subject line: CEU RSP-Harvard Fellowship

About CEU

Central European University (CEU) is a graduate research-intensive university specializing primarily in the social sciences and the humanities, as well as law, business and public policy. It is located in Budapest, and accredited in the United States and Hungary. CEU's mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, and civic engagement. CEU offers both Master's and doctoral programs, and enrolls about 1400 students from 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of more than 180 resident faculty members from over 40 countries, and a large number of prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

 For more information on the Central European University, please visit www.ceu.edu

About Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights is an interdisciplinary center that conducts rigorous investigation of the most serious threats to health and wellbeing globally. We work closely with scholars, students, the international policy community, and civil society to engage in ongoing strategic efforts to promote equity and dignity for those oppressed by grave poverty and stigma around the world.

For more information on the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, please visit https://fxb.harvard.edu/