One-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Romani Studies

May 23, 2019

One-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Romani Studies

Application Deadline: June 20, 2019

Starting Date: August 1, 2019 (negotiable)

Full of Part-Time: Full Time

The Romani Studies Program (RSP) of the Central European University (CEU) invites three applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Romani Studies as part of the Roma in European Societies (RES) initiative. The fellowships are 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 Postdoctoral Fellows will pursue research in the area of social studies. The research is expected to be published and represent a significant contribution to the knowledge production on Roma. The following topics will be preferred: Antigypsyism, Economic and Other Forms of Oppression of Roma, Social and Political Mobilization of Roma, and Roma Representation and Leadership. Preferably, the fellow will be based at CEU RSP premises in Budapest. In case a selected applicant does not wish to relocate to Budapest, he/she will need external supervision from a qualified scholar in their field of research, affiliated with a university or research center. The fellow will need to submit a written agreement from a scholar regarding the supervision of its work as part of the application package. 

The Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to report regularly on their progress to CEU Chair of Romani Studies.


  • 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 (speaking & writing) as this is the working language of the program.
  • 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 relevance of 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. 5,000 words).
  • A writing sample (max. 8,000 words, could be a published material).
  • The names and email addresses of two referees.  

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Applicants must submit the above-requested documents in a single PDF file by email to <> indicating the following title in the subject line: RSP Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Application 2019-2020.

CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

About CEU

Central European University (CEU) is a graduate research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. 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, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and other emerging democracies throughout the world. CEU offers both Master’s and doctoral programs, and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of more than 180 resident faculty, from over 50 countries, and a large number of prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

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About Romani Studies Program (RSP)

The Romani Studies Program at CEU is an independent academic unit set up by a CEU Senate decision as of August 1, 2017. The Romani Studies Program (RSP) aims to engage scholars, policymakers, and activists in interdisciplinary knowledge production and debate on Roma identity and movement; antigypsyism; social justice and policy-making; gender politics; and structural inequality. To achieve its aims, the Romani Studies Program will:

(1)   Develop human resources able to lead institutions, ideas and people to promote social justice and change in society;  

(2)   Engage in critical and interdisciplinary knowledge production relevant for Roma communities, policymakers, and donors; and

(3)   Develop infrastructure to support critical research and scholarly debates, such as the Critical Romani Studies journal or the database on Roma related research.

RSP includes three components: The Roma Graduate Preparation Program, a non-degree program (RGPP), the Roma in European Societies initiative and academic teaching and research carried out by faculty and fellows.

Please note that former awardees may apply for the second round of funding only if there is a 5-year-period between the two RES fellowships.

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