Selection conditions and criteria

The selection of applicants who are eligible for a fellowship is competitive, merit-based and conducted through an internationally independent and recognized peer review process. It meets the highly demanding excellence standards of the participating Polish Institutes of Advanced Studies.

Applications are submitted online here.

Applicants are required to submit (typed in Times Roman 12 pts in English exclusively):
- a CV (full contact details, academic and professional experiences) – up to 3 pages;
- a list of publications - up to 3 pages;
- 3 recent publications in PDF format (in case of texts published in a language other than English, an English-written summary is required)*;
- a detailed research proposal  - up to 10,000 signs (spaces included);
- two letters of recommendation by senior scholars foreign to the applicant’s country of residence (obligatory for candidates applying for junior/postdoc fellowships but optional for senior/professor applicants); 
- copy of the PhD diploma in PDF format (if the writing system used in the diploma is not Latin, a Latin script university certificate or official translation must be attached as well).

The following aspects should be tackled in research proposals:
- motivation for participating in the PIASt fellowship programme;
- importance of trans-national mobility for achieving planned research objectives;
- relevance and connections of the research to the wider academic context;
- aims and methods of the planned research;
- current state and schedule of the planned research;
- interdisciplinary dimension of the research, if relevant.

Assessment of applications
Eligible applicants for the PIASt fellowships are subject to an independent selection process that meets high standards of competitiveness. The merit-based qualitative assessment is based on the following criteria:
1. Excellence of the applicant proved by her/his: career path (especially international experience and high quality publications), which allows the assessment of her/his capacity to carry out the research proposal;
2. Quality of the research proposal, which must be: innovative, connected to current debates and literature, methodologically sound, feasible, significant for the international academic community, and with potential impact of the expected output;
3. Relevance of the sought PIASt fellowship residency for the research project and for the expected applicant’s career development;
4. Declared capacity of English which is the operation language at the PIASt.
For the peer reviewing of the PIASt fellowship applications external referees are appointed according to their specific research experience and an overall coverage of the humanities and social sciences.
The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), composed of 10 internationally recognized researchers, makes the final selection of successful fellows. Their assessment includes: expected interaction with the prospective co-fellows and local researchers, and relevance of the PIASt choice by the applicant.
Information to applicants
Applicants are notified by mail of the results of assessment of their project after the final selection by the SAB.

Calendar of actions:
• Application deadline → October 30th 2018, 12 PM (noon);
• Check of the eligibility and completeness of applications → November 5th 2018;
• Peer reviewing →  January 15th 2019;
• SAB final selection → March 15th 2019;
• Negotiation of individual Host Agreements with successful fellows → June 30th 2019;
• Arrival of fellows → October 1st – October 15th 2019.

-    Candidates apply exclusively through the e-mail system; paper applications are not accepted.
-    Incomplete applications will not be considered.
-    Late applications will not be considered.

Additional questions may be asked by writing to

  *Each submitted publication must comply with the following expectations: 
- clear bibliographical references;
- the maximum length of 30 pages;
- English-written summaries for texts published in another language than English.