The Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna awards one Jozef Tischner Fellowship each year to a Polish junior researcher. The six-months fellowship is open to all academic disciplines and will enable young scholars to work in Vienna on research projects of their choice related to one of IWM's main research fields. The fellow will participate in the scholarly community and activities of the Institute for Human Sciences.
The Jozef Tischner Fellow will be invited to spend a six month-term from July-December at IWM as "junior visiting fellow" to pursue her/his research project while working in residence. The fellow will receive a stipend to cover accommodation, living expenses, travel, health insurance and incidentals during the stay at the Institute. Furthermore, IWM will provide the Jozef Tischner Fellow an office with personal computer, access to the Internet, in-house research facilities and other relevant sources in Vienna.
Candidates for the Jozef Tischner Fellowship must be Polish citizens or permanently reside in Poland. The fellowship is also open to Polish American scholars; must currently pursue their doctoral degree or have recently obtained a Ph.D.; and must not be older than 35 years.
Jozef Tischner (1931- 2000) was one of the most eminent contemporary Polish philosophers. He was the founder and Dean of the Cracovian Papal Academy of Theology and lectured at the Jagiellonian University, the State High School of Theatre in Cracow. He wrote and published more than 600 articles and books. Jozef Tischner was an exceptional moral authority and at the same time one of the most famous, brilliant and loved figures in Polish public life. He was Solidarity's first chaplain. Professor Tischner was founding member, President and non-resident Permanent Fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences.