CAS SEE Fellowship program is an international researcher mobility program that offers up to five-month residencies in Rijeka and the Balkans region’s countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo, and Albania). This program is designed to promote high-level scientific activities encouraging public discussions of great social importance to Southeast Europe. Its vision is to encourage freedom of research, ensure the prerequisites for innovative, intellectual, and scientific development, and strengthen transnational and regional scientific cooperation on social issues such as human rights, justice, democracy, and public policy, as well as other vital problems of human coexistence.

To better reach its aims and realize its research projects, CAS a) invites young scholars to take up Junior Fellowship positions with CAS and b) selects a range of Senior Fellows each year. Annual calls for junior fellows are organized along two thematic foci covering the Research Programs. The governance boards of CAS SEE agrees upon these thematic foci by consensus. In addition to junior fellows, CAS SEE – with the help of the Academic Advisory Board and the advice of the Board of Patrons – invite Distinguished Fellows based on their outstanding intellectual and scholarly achievements. Distinguished Fellows freely choose their research projects and thus significantly contribute to creating an intellectually stimulating atmosphere for all academics linked with CAS SEE. By inviting Outstanding Artists and Thinkers, CAS SEE completes its pool of intellectuals working towards impacting and advancing public discourses on socially relevant topics in the region and worldwide. CAS-SEE, Rijeka ensures full access to necessary equipment for fellows, while its satellite offices are also tasked with providing favorable working conditions for fellows in residence. CAS SEE and its regional satellite offices ensure access to library resources and allpertinent local and regional scientific and networking events.

The fellows benefited from the motivating intellectual and research-oriented conditions and the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars. The added value of this fellowship was the excellent cooperation between the different generations of CAS fellows and their cooperative work that has created thematic synergies within smaller working groups on similar topics or various aspects of one particular subject.

Selection Procedure

CAS SEE places no restrictions on country of origin, discipline, or academic position in selecting its fellows. The Academic Advisory Council makes the selection of fellows. The managing team enforces a “no loss – no gain” stipend policy for the invited Fellows. Inaugural distinguished fellows accompany the Center’s development. The task of these distinguished fellows is to promote and publicly disseminate ideas and values linked to the vision of the Center. In this capacity as ‘facilitators,’ the distinguished fellows are called upon to initiate debates on issues pertinent for research on Southeast Europe and thus weave discursive nets that can cushion the Center’s subsequent work. The members of the Academic Advisory Board select the Fellows in a highly competitive and independent fashion based on recommendations made by anonymous peer-reviewers. The Academic Advisory Board then proposes to the Directors their shortlist of Fellows.

Required documents:

  • Fellowship application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research paper about 1500 to 2000 words, including the following materials:
  • Research connections and relevance to a broader academic context.
  • Research methods and goals.
  • Research current state and schedule.
  • National and international cooperation partners, if available.
  • Research interdisciplinary dimension.
  • Research objectives.
  • Participating motivation.
  • Research ethics, if relevant.
  • A personal essay of about 500 words


  • The research paper and personal essay must have a page number.
  • Applicants should mention their last and first names and email addresses at the head of the documents.
  • Documents should be in PDF format.