About: Think Visegrad is a think tank plat­form for struc­tured dia­logue on issues of strate­gic regional impor­tance. The plat­form aims to ana­lyze key issues for the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia), and pro­vides rec­om­men­da­tions to the gov­ern­ments of Visegrad Group (V4) coun­tries, the annual pres­i­den­cies of the Group, and the International Visegrad Fund. In addi­tion, Think Visegrad pro­vides vis­it­ing fel­low­ships to non-Visegrad expert fel­lows. Think Visegrad was estab­lished in 2012 by eight V4 think tanks with coor­di­nat­ing abil­i­ties. This so-called core net­work, how­ever, remains open to coop­er­a­tion with other think-tanks from all V4 coun­tries. Think Visegrad is funded by the International Visegrad Fund.


Eight vis­it­ing fel­low­ships will be avail­able for Summer or Autumn of 2018. Each of the core net­work think tanks (see list below) will host one non-V4 expert fel­low. Each selected vis­it­ing fel­low will have the oppor­tu­nity to take part in the institute’s activ­i­ties for a period of up to eight weeks. During this period, each fel­low will be expected to develop a pol­icy paper and deliver one pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tion on a pre-agreed topic. A lump sum of €3,000 will be given to each selected vis­it­ing fel­low to cover all nec­es­sary costs and expen­di­tures related to his or her stay at the host­ing insti­tute (e.g. lodg­ing and local trans­port). Each fel­low will also be respon­si­ble for pay­ing all taxes and related fees, includ­ing health and social insur­ance, from this amount. Think VisegradV4 Think Tank Platform will cover the cost of travel to the host­ing insti­tute for the vis­it­ing fellow.


Topics: Fellowships are avail­able in all areas of research in polit­i­cal sci­ence, inter­na­tional rela­tions and eco­nom­ics. Chosen top­ics should com­ple­ment the research focus of the host­ing insti­tute, and there­fore the appli­cants are highly rec­om­mended to check the institute’s web­site before sub­mit­ting an application.


Duration: The dura­tion of fel­low­ships varies from 6 to 8 weeks (based on agree­ment with the host­ing institute).


Hosting insti­tutes:


Center for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (CEID)

Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)

EUROPEUM – Institute for European Policy

Globsec Policy Institute (GPI)

Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT)

Institute of International Relations (IIR)

The Polish Institute of International Relations (PISM)

Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA)



Eligibility: Expert fel­lows from non-Visegrad coun­tries with at least five years expe­ri­ence in their field of research are eli­gi­ble. Preference will be given to appli­cants who have already made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion in their field.


Call for proposals 2018 [PDF]


Deadline: Application dossiers con­sist­ing of the appli­ca­tion from, struc­tured CV (includ­ing the list of pub­li­ca­tions) and a moti­va­tion let­ter (max­i­mum 300 words) are to be sub­mit­ted to thinktank@sfpa.sk by March 20, 2018.


Selected appli­cants:

Fellowship 2017

Hennadiy Maksak – Center for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (CEID)


Piotr Rudkouski – Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)


Nicolas Bouchet – EUROPEUM – Institute for European Policy


Andrei Yeliseyeu – GLOBSEC Policy Institute (former CEPI)


Ruben Elamiryan – Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT)


Michael Eric Lambert – Institute of International Relations (IIR)


Urban Jakša – The Polish Institute of International Relations  (PISM)


Sergiy Gerasymchuk – Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA)

Fellowship 2016

Olga ZELINSKA – Center for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (CEID)


Oana POPESCU – Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)


Tija MEMISEVIC – EUROPEUM – Institute for European Policy


Marta CHURELLA – GLOBSEC Policy Institute (former CEPI)


Yuri TSARIK – Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT)


Marko LOVEC – Institute of International Relations (IIR)


Patrick McGRATH – Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA)


Yaroslav KIT – The Society of the Institute of East-Central Europe  (TIESW)

Fellowship 2015

Andrii Chubyk (Ukraine) – Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association
Energy efficiency – practical experience from V4 for Ukraine


Alena Kudzko (Belarus) – Central European Policy Institute
Belarus: country’s repeated attempt to rapproch with the West
FINAL PAPER: Belarus: country’s repeated attempt to rapproch with the West


Nikola Trendov (Macedonia) – Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The impacts of CAP from economic aspect within the Visegrad Countries
FINAL PAPER: CAP Performances of the Visegrad Countries After Ancension to European Union


Jan Ruzicka (United Kingdom)  – Institute of International Relations
Security Reassurance: The Visegrad Four and NATO


Jurij Fedoryk (Ukraine) – Institute of East-Central Europe
The influence of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict on security of Visegrad Group


Yuriy Matsiyevsky (Ukraine) – Centre for Eastern Studies
How can Ukraine break out of hybridity and start moving forward


Marko Stoic (Serbia) – EUROPEUM
EU enlargement to the Western Balkans: Out of sight, out of mind?


Altin Idrizi (Albania) – CEID
Fellowship cancelled

Fellowship 2014


Beka Chedia (Georgia) / Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association
Post-Soviet Transformation of the Political System (the Case of Georgia) in the Context of the Development of the EU Eastern Partnership Program


Vladimir Djordjevic (Serbia, Czech Republic)- Central European Policy Institute
Western Balkans in Transition towards EU: The Case of Serbia
FINAL PAPER: Business deals and western fears


Andrew Farkas (United States) – Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy/University of Pécs
Silk Roads” from China to Europe:  Hungary’s Place on Eurasian Rail Land Bridges?


Rusudan Jamaspishvili (Georgia) – Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Caucasus – Highly ExplosiveRegion and Challenge for Europe


Anes Makul (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – Institute of International Relations
Can the European Public Block the Enlargement to the Western Balkans?


Olesya Malyugina (Russia) – Institute of East-Central Europe
Migration from Russia to Poland: challenges and possibilities


Octavian Milewski (Romania and Moldova) – Centre for Eastern Studies
V4+ Platform and the Baltic – Black Sea Arch: Optimizing Romania’s Central East European Regional Stance


Svetlana Pinzari (Moldova) – EUROPEUM
The Russian Factor in the Foreign Policy of the Visegrad Four States

Fellowship 2012/2013


Natalia Shapovalova (Ukraine, UK, Spain) – Institute of East-Central Europe, Poland
For visa-free Europe: advocacy strategies and influence of non-state actors on EU policy of visa liberalisation with EU’s Eastern neighbours.


Rick Fawn (UK) – EUROPEUM – Institute for European Policy, Prague
Positive decision-making lessons from Visegrad


Vitalyi Shpak (Ukraine) – Hungarian Institute of International Affairs, Budapest
European Union-Ukraine relationship


Paul Qian LIU (China) – Institute of International Relations, Prague
The Correlation between Political Culture and Political Development – Case Studies on Czech Political Culture and its Role in the Period of Transition (1989-2009)


Volkan Sezgin (Turkey) – Centre for Eastern Studies, Warsaw
The observance of Maastricht Criteria in Visegrad Group countries and in Turkey in the context of the global financial crisis.


Christian Schweiger (Germany, UK) – Central European Policy Institute – SAC, Bratislava
The Visegrad-4 countries in the EU’s emerging multiple cores
FINAL PAPER: Insiders vs outsiders: The V4 in a changing EU


Armen Grigoryan (Armenia) – Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Bratislava
The way towards EU Association for Armenia, Georgia and Moldova


Ešref-Kenan Rašidagić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – University of Pecs, Pecs
Background for the EU’s, Russia’s and Turkey’s involvement in the Western Balkan