Jan Patočka Fellowships

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The Czech philosopher Jan Patočka (1907–1977) is considered one of the most important Central European thinkers of the 20th century. With a few short exceptions, Patočka was banned from teaching and publishing in communist Czechoslovakia. However, he became an intellectual and moral authority, most notably through his legendary underground seminars.
Patočka was a co-founder and speaker of the civil rights movement Charter 77. He died in March 1977 after a series of police interrogations. This program is dedicated to commemorating his name and work.



The Fellowship Program is inspired by the work and legacy of Jan Patočka. It aims to foster groundbreaking research and is open to all academic disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Fellowships enable Czech researchers to work on a project of their own choice. Research proposals related to one of the Institute’s main research fields are strongly encouraged .


Jan Patočka Fellows will be invited to spend 6 months between July 2018 and June 2019 at the IWM to pursue their research projects. Senior Visiting Fellows will receive a stipend of EUR 3,800 per month, Junior Visiting Fellows EUR 1,800 per month to cover accommodation, living expenses, travel, health insurance and any incidental costs related to their stay in Vienna.

In addition, the IWM provides the fellows with office space including access to internet, in-house research and administrative facilities as well as other services free of charge. The fellows will join the scholarly community and participate in the activities of the Institute.


Candidates for the Jan Patočka Junior Visiting Fellowship:

  • must be Czech citizens
  • must currently be pursuing a doctoral degree or have recently obtained a PhD in any discipline in the humanities or social sciences
  • must not be older than 35 years

Jan Patočka Senior Visiting Fellowships are granted by invitation only.


Applications must be submitted via the application form and should include:

  1. a concise research proposal in English (max. 8,000 characters incl. spaces) outlining:
    • the academic problem(s) addressed
    • a critical consideration of current relevant literature
    • the research goals and expected results
    • a work and time schedule (if the duration of the project exceeds the six-month term at the IWM, please indicate which part will be completed during the fellowship)
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. a list of publications
  4. two letters of recommendation by scholars familiar with the applicant’s academic work

Please submit all your application materials as PDF files!

Deadline for Application:
The next call will be announced in due time.


The finalist will be selected by a jury of experts. Applicants will be notified of the jury decision in December 2017. The jury is not required to publicly justify its decisions.

[Download the Open Call as PDF]


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Current Fellows

  • Milan Hanyš

    Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Charles University, Prague

    Jan Patočka Junior Visiting Fellow
    (September 2018 – February 2019)
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  • Kateřina Kočí

    Associate researcher, Charles University, Prague

    Jan Patočka Junior Visiting Fellow
    (September – November 2018)
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  • Kateřina Sváčková

    PhD candidate in Humanities, Charles University, Prague

    Jan Patočka Junior Visiting Fellow
    (September – November 2018)
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Former Fellows