Milena Jesenská Fellowships for Journalists

If you are a journalist working in print, broadcast or electronic media and want to take time off from your professional duties in order to pursue in-depth research on a European topic of your choice, then the Milena Jesenská Fellowship is the right programme for you.


The Fellowship Programme was established by the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) as well as by the European Cultural Foundation and is supported by Project Syndicate and ERSTE Foundation. The call for applications is directed towards cultural journalists, with the term ‘cultural’ interpreted in a broad sense to encompass a wide variety of artistic and intellectual fields. Applicants are asked to relate their proposals to one of the main research fields of the IWM.

Milena Jesenská fellows are invited to spend three months at the IWM in Vienna, Austria. Recipients of the fellowship are given a stipend of € 7,500 and are provided with office space, a PC with broadband Internet access, and the use of the IWM’s in-house research facilities as well as other relevant resources in Vienna. Travel grants of up to € 1,900 are available for research visits to neighbouring countries.
Candidates for the Milena Jesenská Fellowships must have several years of experience in professional journalism. Their work may deal with any topic related to cultural issues of European relevance, especially having to do with the issue of European integration. Fellowships are not intended for entry-level journalists or students.

Milena Jesenská (1896-1944) was an outstanding journalist and mediator between the Czech and German cultures in Bohemia as well as an astute political commentator. She was detained in the Nazi concentration camp in Ravensbrück for her political involvement and resistance, where she died in 1944. She is widely known for her famous correspondence with Franz Kafka.