Budapest Fellowship Program

In September 2020, the  Hungary Foundation together with Mathias Corvinus Collegium (Budapest, Hungary)  established the Budapest Fellowship Program, a full-time, fully-funded transatlantic fellowship opportunity in Budapest, Hungary, for young American scholars and professionals.

The goal of the 10-month program is to cultivate the next generation of American policy professionals and equip them with a thorough understanding of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Hungary.  The fellows will have an opportunity to conduct independent research on the topic fellows choose independently while gaining practical experience working at a Hungarian host institution that matches their professional interests.

The program’s structure is designed to nurture an understanding of Central and Eastern European, and specifically, Hungarian history and culture. The program will offer extensive professional and personal networking opportunities and fellows will be matched with local mentors to guide them during their fellowship journey.

The scholarship provides: 

  • a monthly stipend to cover living expenses in Budapest ($1500/month for Junior Fellows, $2000/month for Senior Fellows, $2500/month for Senior Fellows with a family),
  • housing in Budapest (upgraded college dorms downtown for Junior Fellows, private apartment for Senior Fellows),
  • roundtrip air travel to Hungary,
  • health insurance assistance for the fellow’s visa application process,
  • Hungarian language classes,
  • book stipend and research support,
  • organized field trips to neighboring countries and the Hungarian countryside.

Research, Teach, Learn and Network in Hungary 

RESEARCH. Fellows conduct their own independent research guided by a mentor and gain practical experience during the 10-month internship/fellowship experience at a Budapest-based host institution (Hungarian think tank, NGO, academic institution, government agency, parliamentary office, etc.) corresponding with their own participants academic or professional fields.

TEACH. Fellows have an opportunity to work out teaching plans for lectures, courses and workshops for BA students of specialized training programs in Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC), and for MA students of the MCC Leadership Academy as well as for the participants of the postgraduate programs (e.g. MCC Women Public Leadership Program, Transylvanian Political School, Subcarpathian Public Leadership Program).

LEARN. The program also features thematic seminars on the history of Hungary, Hungarian democratic traditions, the post-communist legacy in CEE, Hungary’s foreign policy orientations, Hungarian cultural geography, US-Hungary and EU-Hungary relations, and current human rights issues. The program also includes monthly organized field trips to neighboring countries in the Carpathian Basin and cities in the countryside of Hungary to better understand the regional differences and dynamics within Hungary, the Visegrád countries, and the Carpathian basin. Fellows also are enrolled in a basic Hungarian language course to support their cultural immersion process.

NETWORK. The program holds regular discussions with practitioners, area experts, scholars and business leaders allowing the fellows to refine their leadership skills, advance their professional development, and deepen their economic, political, historical and cultural understanding of Central and Eastern Europe. Continuous mentoring is provided for fellows to help set realistic personal goals, research and/or teaching plans, as well as to develop strong personal connections with key individuals in their respective profession or field of study. Upon completion of the program, participants are integrated into HIF’s alumni activities in Washington and Budapest and will be invited back to Hungary to participate in MCC-organized events.

Eligibility and Application Information

The Budapest Fellowship Program, is open for two categories of applicants:

–       Junior Fellows: senior graduate students

–       Senior Fellows: post-doctoral researchers and early career professionals

The Program will host two Junior and two Senior Fellows starting September 2020.

All applicants must: 

  • Be US citizens,
  • Have a research interest in Central and Eastern Europe,
  • Have outstanding research and academic credentials,
  • Have demonstrated leadership potential,
  • Develop a research plan specifically tailored to Hungary focusing on one of the following areas: economic development, human rights, foreign and defense policy, energy security, public diplomacy, EU-Hungary relations, US-Hungary relations, the history and legacy of communism in Hungary, contemporary Hungarian society and the neighboring countries.

Questions regarding the program or the application process may be directed to

2021 Budapest Fellowship Program Internship in Budapest


Call for Applications

Launched first in 2020, the Budapest Fellowship Program co-organized by The Hungary Foundation and Mathias Corvinus Collegium now invites applications for one internship position starting mid-September 2021 and ends in July 2022.

The position requires a commitment of 20 hours per week.

The application deadline is now extended until June 4, 2021

Interns will assist the Program in the day-to-day operations, will help the Program Fellows in their research and assist them in their accommodation to Hungary, and help fine-tune and execute the Program’s communications strategy.

The internship is located in Budapest and might include occasional field trips to the countryside and to neighboring countries with the program’s participants and staff. Weekly virtual team meetings (1 hour long) are required.

What do we offer?
● opportunity to meet and take part in lectures held by prominent Hungarian figures, experts, leaders, and opinion shapers,
● flexible working time,
● opportunity to become a part of an inspiring team.

Candidates must have
● above average communication (and research) skills,
● a good eye for communication visuals, and creative materials
● strong attention to details,
● flexibility, openness,
● proactive approach and excellent work ethic,
● demonstrated interest in transatlantic (especially US-Hungarian) relations.

Candidates must be fluent in English to be considered.

Not required, but a plus:
● applicants who have their own camera,
● photo/video editing skills,
● experience with marketing, and social media strategies,
● great knowledge of the Hungarian tourist attractions across the country.

Knowledge of the Hungarian language is a plus but not a requirement.

Persons interested in this position are asked to send a letter of motivation and resume to



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Noémi Pálfalvi

Noémi Pálfalvi

Senior International Relations Coordinator at MCC

Publications by 2020 Budapest Fellowship Program Participants

Nicole Nemeth / Senior Fellow

Miért fontos Amerika új legfelsőbb bírójának személye? – Corvinas Blog
Why This Justice Matters – Corvinas Blog
Nationalism and The Core Idea of Americanism – Corvinas Blog

Dr. George Bogden / Junior Fellow

What Biden’s Presidency Will Mean For Central and Eastern Europe – Hungarian Conservative
All’s Fair in Vaccine Diplomacy – Danube Institute

About the Organizers

 Hungary Foundation – Washington, DC

Hungary Foundation is an independent, US-based non-partisan and non-profit organization committed to strengthening the understanding and cooperation between Hungary and the United States of America. This program is part of Hungary Foundation’s Liberty Bridge Program, launched in 2020, with the goal of reinvigorating the US-Hungary relationship through programs that will bolster the professional, academic, public, and people-to-people dialogue between the two countries. The idea behind the program is the core conviction that the US and Hungary share value-driven bonds built on the concept of Liberty. As part of this program, the Hungary Foundation invests in scholars and fellows who have demonstrated leadership skills and will serve as future bridge-builders between the two countries.


Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) – Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Fellowship Program Partner MCC

MCC is an extracurricular educational institution and knowledge center in Hungary with an outstanding reputation for its academic excellence. With more than twenty years of experience in talent promotion, MCC aims to educate well-prepared intellectuals with critical thinking who are also able to responsibly address the challenges of our time. MCC Research is the “university think tank” of the Collegium which aspires to elaborate on relevant yet socially divisive topics while communicating them for the public applying clear and plain language in a thoughtful, logical manner.

In Partnership with


Ludovika – University of Public Service – Budapest, Hungary 

Budapest Fellowship Program Partner Ludovika

Ludovika is a specialised higher educational institution, the principal aim of which is to educate highly qualified personnel for the civil service, the military as well as the different branches of law enforcement. Besides the faculties, the Ludovika research institutions focus on topical international questions as well as the theory of the state. In the autumn, new programs like the College of Visegrád and the Hungarian Diplomatic Academy will be launched. The beautifully restored old Royal Ludovika Academy symbolises the important heritage of the university, while the newly built educational facilities are equipped with state of the art technology to help the educational activities. The campus in Orczy Park is easy to reach by public transport and home to sports facilities, like a swimming pool, a sports hall as well as horse riding stables. The dorms for visiting fellows are self-contained units.  Erasmus as well as Stipendium Hungaricum students ensure vibrant international student life.

For application deadlines please refer to our ‘applications now open’ here, or Call For Applications posts in the news section.

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