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Collegium Budapest has, over the last 17 years, become a central forum of communication between "East" and "West", connecting various bilateral and multilateral initiatives for co-operation within Europe. Such relationships were first established with the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) and - later - other institutes for advanced study. It is presently developing successful cooperation with New Europe College, Bucharest, the Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia and the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (MSH), Paris, the Wissenschaftszentrum, Berlin, the Internationales Forschungszentrum für Kulturwissenschaften (IFK), Vienna and many other partner institutions, e.g. in North America (see below links to these and other institutions). CB intends to mediate these contacts for the benefit of its individual scholars and partner institutions in CEE. An impressive example of this networking capacity of CB is illustrated by the conference on 'Centres of Excellence' organized in 1997. Not only the representatives of most EU countries but also 17 centers of research and higher education from every country in the CEE region (including the Baltic states, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Romania) participated at this conference. In close cooperation with the European Commission the institute has also initiated a number of events, with the three most important being the Forward Studies Unit of the European Commission organizing its 18th "Carrefours" in a joint effort with CB and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest in 2000. Also, a large conference was organized in 2002 within the framework of an EU-funded project providing an overview of The State of Three Social Science Disciplines in Central and Eastern Europe. Later in 2002, CB organized a total of three workshops in co-operation with DG Research that focused on the preparation of the accession process and became major forums of discussions about new ideas in the light of European integration. Both the European Institutes for Advanced Study and the European Commission took part.

Collegium Budapest's crucial role in the CEE network is manifested by its sister institute in Bucharest; the New Europe College (NEC). Founded by the former Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andrei Plesu (who is also a member of the CB Assembly and Academic Advisory Board), the NEC helps our institute recruit promising young scholars. This is why the number of Romanian Fellows at CB is relatively high compared to other CEE countries, which may just as well be taken as a symbol of political relevance for both institutes. Another sister institute, the Centre for Advanced Study in Sofia, has also become a close partner. Both of these institutes have successfully applied for a grant (Stability Pact) from the German Foreign Ministry for studying the relationship between various national traditions in the Balkans. (We the People)

Just as the NEC is assisting CB in finding the best possible fellow candidates, CB itself becomes a bridge for younger scholars from Hungary - and from neighbouring CEE countries - to other institutes of advanced study in the rest of Europe and the USA. Thus, CB proves to be the origo for many Western European and non-European institutions - both public administrations and private grant agencies that frequently ask our advice and enquire about co-operation. The experience of operating - for 17 years with a network of more than 600 scholars from all over Europe (and beyond) - as a research institute in the midst of a region of transition, has given CB a strong leading position not only in social sciences and economics, but also in the humanities and the natural sciences. (The latter, in particular, is rather unexpected for many in Western Europe, due to the fact that over the last 17 years only islands of excellence of the European periphery have been explored in this field).

Institutions associated with Collegium Budapest:


Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin / Institute for Advanced Study Berlin

Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung Berlin (WZB) / Social Science Research Center


Institute of Advanced Studies - University of Bologna

Boston, MA

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, MA


DG Research of the European Commission -Brussels

Flemish Academy Center for Sciences and Arts, Brussels


New Europe College (NEC) - Bucharest


Centre of Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Cambridge, UK

Delmenhorst, Germany

Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg


Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities -Univ. of Edinburgh


Robert Schuman Center of the European University Institute, Florence


Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies


The Institute for Advanced Studies of Jerusalem - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki


The Collegium de Lyon


ISH - Ljubljana Graduate School of the Humanities

Los Angeles, CA

Getty Institute for the History of Art and Humanities


Institut d'Études Avancées de Nantes (The Nantes IAS)

New York, NY

Russell Sage Foundation in New York City


Centre for Advanced Study


CNRS -France

Institut d'Études Avancées - Paris

Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (MSH) -Paris

Princeton, NJ

Princeton Institute for Advanced Study

Research Triangle Park, NC

National Humanities Center Triangle Park

Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe Institute

Stanford, CA

Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS)


Centre for Advanced Study (CAS)


Wallenberg Foundations

Uppsala (Sweden)

Swedish Collegium for the Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (SCASSS)


Internationales Forschungszentrum für Kulturwissenschaften (IFK)

Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen / Institute for Human Sciences (IWM)

Washington DC

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Wassenaar (near The Hague)

Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS)


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Szentháromság u. 2
H-1014 Budapest
Tel: +36 1 224 8300
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