Pannonius Fellowship

5-month, full-time transatlantic fellowship opportunity for young leaders and scholars from the U.S. and Hungary


The Pannonius Fellowship Program, a 5-month, full-time transatlantic fellowship opportunity for young leaders and scholars from the U.S. and Hungary. This fellowship will serve to inspire and equip young leaders and scholars on both sides of the Atlantic with a fully funded research and study abroad experience. The program staff will support the fellows by providing orientation sessions, an ongoing platform to exchange ideas at bi-monthly meetings, as well as a continuous mentoring process. The forum and network for leaders in Hungary and America will work to provide lasting bridges between the two countries.


Key Fellowship Elements:

  • 5 month research and study abroad experience in the U.S. (for Hungarians) or Hungary (for Americans) where fellows can grow at the host institution (think tank, NGO, academic institution, congressional or parliamentary office, or company) within their own academic or professional fields and build important networks;
  • Regular meetings with respected scholars and business leaders allowing the fellows to refine their leadership skills, advance their professional development, and deepen their economic, political, and cultural understanding of Central Europe and the United States;
  • Mentoring opportunity for fellows to help in setting their own realistic personal goals and develop strong personal connections with key individuals in their respective profession or field of study; and
  • Monthly stipend to cover living, housing, educational and travel costs during their stay in the U.S. or Hungary.


Fellowship opportunities

  • JUNIOR FELLOWS: Graduate students or young professionals who have demonstrated leadership potential or scholarly achievement
  • SENIOR FELLOWS: Mid-career professionals or scholars in various occupations or fields of research

Applications for this fellowship are currently closed. 


Required experience:

1)   Junior Fellows: graduate students or PhDs
2)   Senior Fellows: Mid-career professionals

For Hungarian participants:

1) live in Hungary or
2) have close connection to Hungary

For U.S. participants:

1) live in the U.S. or
2) have close connection to the U.S.

CSS will assess the following elements in making its decision:

Likelihood of contributing to betterment of society;
Demonstrated leadership potential (volunteerism, civic engagement, etc.);
Presentation and communication skills;
Academic achievement; and
Commitment to attend and follow through the entire program and complete the required assignments.


Round 1: written application

Full academic and professional C.V.
Personal Written Statement (max. 700 words)
Writing sample or essay about a topic of your choice addressing a political, social, or economic issue in the U.S. or Hungary
2 Letters of Recommendation (with relevant contact information)


Round 2: Personal interview (in person or phone interview condeucted in English by CSS staff)


  • June 30: Applications deadline for the fall fellowships
  • July 1-14: Review process of applicants
  • July 14-21: Interviews conducted
  • July 31: Final Selection, notices sent to selected participants

Exact arrival and departure dates of the fellowships will be determined on a case-by-case basis typically beginning in September.


 This fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous support of the