Cooperation Partners

Collegium Budapest (Hungary)

Acronym: ColBud

Besides the above-mentioned core fellowships, CB also hosts research projects. The interdisciplinary group of scholars who take part in these projects, called "Resident Scholars", usually follow a well-defined research agenda. These intellectually highly stimulating groups are frequently - although not solely - convened by the Permanent Fellows of Collegium Budapest, and represent the many different issues and themes the institute specializes at and wants to explore.

Collegium Budapest has been operating since 1992. The purpose of Collegium Budapest is to promote culture and the sciences by giving internationally recognized academics and young researchers an opportunity to pursue research of their choice in an international, intellectually stimulating environment. Following the model of the pioneering Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Wassenaar (NIAS), the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences in Uppsala (SCASSS) and other similar institutions, Collegium Budapest is the first IAS-type institute in the post-communist region. By inviting outstanding scholars from all over the world to Budapest and offering them a common temporary workplace in the intimate medieval Castle district, the institute strove to rebuild - after 50-year-long isolation - the international contacts of scholars and academic institutions in the CEE region. In the course of these 15 years, Collegium Budapest has emerged as a major international founding agency, academic centre and a model for new forms of academic cooperation, where such core research and fundamental scholarship are fostered that enable the institute to significantly contribute to the stemming of brain drain still prevailing in the region. It has given birth to many innovative, individual and institutional joint projects conducted by scholars from Europe and beyond.

As an adaptation of the Princeton model, Collegium Budapest represents a new type of institute that differs as much from universities as it does from specialized research institutes. It offers its Fellows the exceptional opportunity to be temporarily relieved from administrative and teaching obligations; something that allows them to fully focus on their chosen research plan, be it individual, or teamwork. Over the last 15 years, CB has invited reputed scholars for a maximum of one academic year (10 months) to work on their individual projects. So far, about 25-30 invited Fellows have worked at Collegium Budapest each year. Over the entire 15-year period, over 700 scholars have worked at the institute. In order to draw scholars into the atmosphere of Collegium Budapest, we offer more concentrated and focused research themes that can be elaborated at the institute. The pool of research lines is defined by Collegium Budapest and it plays an important, but not exclusive role in selecting Fellows. These focused research topics provide a forum of discussion for Fellows who come from various backgrounds and work in diverse fields.