The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies

invites applications for a


For advanced students in Croatia

Please note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, travel plans are currently suspended and interview schedules are as yet undetermined. In place of in-person interviews, interviews may take place via Skype. The deadline for the closing of the competition remains unchanged.

The Croatian Doctoral Research Fellowship is tenable in the 2020-2021 academic year (1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021) at the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. The Fellowship is valued at CAN $ 27,600.00 and will be paid in equal monthly installments at the end of each month, beginning September 2020.

The successful candidate will hold this fellowship at the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, and is expected to be actively engaged in Ph.D. thesis research. Successful candidates are also expected to participate in the Institute's cultural, scholarly and academic activities and events, particularly the development of academic relationships with institutions in Croatia. A willingness to engage with the local Croatian community and serve as a liaison between that community and the Faculty of Arts is also a requirement.

Young scholars from any discipline in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Fine Arts are invited to apply. Candidates should be Croatian citizens enrolled in a Ph.D. programme at a Croatian university at all-but-dissertation level and have an excellent command of spoken and written English. A sound reading knowledge of German or other Central European language and a proven research record (ideally in the form of publications), would be an asset.

The University of Alberta welcomes diversity and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities.

Applicants should submit a short English-language description (maximum 500 words) of their research project, a full curriculum vitae, and the names of two references as one single file with first name, last name, and country included in the file name (i.e. John_Smith_Croatia.PDF). Application should be submitted by e-mail to the Wirth Institute c/o Dr. Joseph F. Patrouch at and the Ministry of Science and Education c/o Marija Crnic at

Application deadline: 13 APRIL 2020

Finalists in the competition for this fellowship will be interviewed in Zagreb by the Acting Director of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies May 18, 2020. Successful candidates will be advised by e-mail beforehand of the specific date, time and place of the interview. Due to the large number of applicants, we regret that unsuccessful candidates may not receive a notification of their status.

Decisions will be announced in June 2020.