The Pannonius Fellowship Program is a 5-month, full-time transatlantic fellowship opportunity for young leaders and scholars from the U.S. and Hungary. This fellowship serves 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 supports 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

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



Required experience:

1)   Junior Fellows: college graduates or advanced degree candidates
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 (max. 3000 words)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation or 2 References (with relevant contact information)

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

The application deadline for the Spring 2015 Fellowship is closed.

Spring Fellowships timeline:

  • October 20: Applications deadline
  • October 21 – November 10: Review of applications and interviews
  • November 11: Final Selection, notices sent to selected participants

 Applications are reviewed and interviews are conducted on a rolling basis. 

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