Career Integration Fellowships

Apply for a Career Integration Fellowship

CERGE-EI Career Integration Fellowships (CIFs) are available for Western-educated economists returning to Central and Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union to take full-time academic posts. 

The deadline for applications for 2019 was April 2, 2019. The next round will open in the beginning of 2020 for fellowships beginning in Fall 2020.

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Throughout the post-communist world, societies desperately need better understanding of fundamental economic principles. CERGE-EI Teaching Fellows’ Career Integration Fellowships enable talented young people with Western PhDs to return to their home countries and assume full-time university positions. Back in their home country, these passionate teachers play a key role in creating support for both free minds and free markets. 

Career Integration Fellowships provide crucial salary supplements, modern pedagogical training, access to electronic literature and data, and a support network of like-minded scholars. The fellowship also provides the opportunity to organize research stays at CERGE-EI.

The fellowship carries an award of $7200 per year and is guaranteed to be provided for 3 years. If the program receives sufficient funding in the future, fellowships may be renewed. The fellowship is provided over and above the salary paid by the university where the fellow will teach.

Countries where Career Integration Fellows are currently teaching:

CIF 2018 Map536 Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Russia and Uzbekistan

Current CERGE-EI Career Integration Fellows

2019 Awardees

Lumir Abdixhiku, (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2013)
Riinvest College, Prishtina, Kosovo

Zurab Abramishvili (PhD CERGE-EI, Czech Republic, 2017)
International School of Economics-Tbilisi State University (ISET), Tbilisi, Georgia

Gurgen Aslanyan (PhD CERGE-EI, Czech Republic, 2014)
American University of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia

Selena Begović (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2015)
University of Sarajevo, School of Economics and Business, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Márta Bisztray (PhD Central European University, Hungary, 2016)
Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

Tetyana Dubovyk (PhD University of Minnesota, USA, 2010)
Oles Honchar Dnipro National University, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

Ardiana Gashi (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2007)
University of Prishtina, Kosovo

Aida Gjika (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2018)
University of Tirana, Albania

Silvia Golem (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2011)
University of Split, Croatia

Aleksandr Grigoryan (PhD University of Turin, Italy, 2009)
American University of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia

Tomoyuki Hashimoto (PhD Linacre College, Oxford University, UK, 2016)
ISM University of Management and Economics, Vilnius, Lithuania & Vistula University, Warsaw, Poland

Madina Junussova (PhD Carleton University, Canada, 2018)
University of Central Asia, Tekeli, Kazakhstan

Valbona Karapici (PhD University of Bamberg, Germany, 2017)
University of Tirana, Albania

Alma Kudebayeva (PhD University of Manchester, UK, 2015
KIMEP University, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Matej Lorko (PhD Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia, Expected 2019)
University of Economics in Bratislava / Technical University of Košice, Slovak Republic

Lev Lvovskii (PhD University of Iowa, USA, 2017)
Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center (BEROC), Minsk, Belarus

Arta Mulliqi (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2016)
Dukagjini/UBT College, Kosovo

Oksana Nezhyvenko (PhD University Paris-Est Creteil, France, 2018)
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine

Giorgi Papava (PhD University of Chicago, USA, Expected 2019)
Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia

Emelj Tuna (PhD Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden, 2015)
Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje/Institute of Agricultural Economics, North Macedonia

Ricardo Vicente (PhD European University Institute, Italy, 2016)
University of Tartu, Estonia

2018 Awardees

Rustu Duran (PhD University of Oxford, UK, 2017)
Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU) / International School of Economics and Social Sciences (ISE), Almaty, Kazakhstan

Arsena Gjipali (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2008)
University of Tirana, Albania

Teimuraz Gogsadze (PhD University of Leicester, UK, 2017)
International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET), Tbilisi, Georgia

Maxim Goryunov (PhD CERGE-EI, Prague, Czech Republic, 2016)
Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Ali Gunes (PhD University of Rochester, USA, 2014)
ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan

Klára Kalíšková (PhD CERGE-EI, Prague, 2015)
Prague Economics University (VŠE), Czech Republic

Lena Malešević Perović (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2007)
University of Split, Croatia

Nevila Mehmetaj (PhD Swiss Management Center, Switzerland, 2014)
University "Luigj Gurakuqi", Shkoder, Albania

Maja Mihaljević Kosor (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2009)
University of Split, Croatia

Esmeralda Shehaj (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2013)
University of Tirana, Albania

Robert Somogyi (PhD École Polytechnique - Univeristé Paris-Saclay, France, 2016)
Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

Stjepan Srhoj (PhD University of Innsbruck, Austria, Expected 2019)
University of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Katalin Szemerédi (PhD University College London, UK, 2015)
Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

Gëzim Tosuni (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2014)
Kadri Zeka University, Gjilan, Kosovo

Azamat Valei (PhD CERGE-EI, Prague, Czech Republic, 2017)
Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russia

Visar Vokrri (PhD Marche Polytechnic University, Ancona, Italy, Expected 2019)
Riinvest College, Prishtina, Kosovo

Dmitriy Vorobyev (PhD CERGE-EI, Prague, Czech Republic, 2013)
Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russia

Orjon Xhoxhi (PhD University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2017)
Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania

Muharrem Yeşilırmak (PhD, University of Iowa, 2013)
ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan

Merita Zulfiu Alili (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2014)
South East European University, Tetovo, North Macedonia

2017 Awardees

Hyrije Abazi-Alili (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2013)
South East European University, Tetovo, North Macedonia

Zohidjon Askarov (PhD Deakin University, Australia, 2014)
Westminster International University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Vardan Baghdasaryan (PhD Catholic University of Milan, Italy, 2014)
American University of Armenia, Yerevan

Merima Balavac (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2015)
University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Birzhan Batkeyev (PhD Northeastern University, Boston, USA, 2017) *
ISE Kazakh-British Technical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Paola Bertoli (PhD European Doctorate [Universities of Bologna, Hamburg and Erasmus-Rotterdam], 2014)
University of Economics (VŠE), Prague, Czech Republic

Ivan Bozhikin (PhD Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2016)
University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria

Levan Bzhalava (PhD Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena and Max Planck Institute of Economics, 2015) *
Caucasus University, Tbilisi, Georgia

Lubomír Cingl (PhD IES-Charles University, Prague, 2016)
University of Economics (VŠE), Prague, Czech Republic

Bruno Ćorić (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2008)
University of Split, Croatia

Elvisa Drishti (PhD University of Birmingham, UK, 2019)
University of Shkodra "Luigj Gurakuqi", Shkodra, Albania

Huseyn Ismayilov (PhD Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 2015) *
ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan

Albulena Jahja (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2018)
University for Business and Technology (UBT), Prishtina, Kosovo

Ermira Kalaj (PhD University of Trento, Italy, 2013)
University of Shkodra "Luigj Gurakuqi", Shkodra, Albania

Giorgi Khishtovani (PhD University of Bremen, Germany, 2014)
Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia

Lejla Lazović-Pita (PhD Otto-Friedrich University, Bamberg, Germany, 2015) *
University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ermal Lubishtani (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2017)
University for Business and Technology - UBT, Prishtina, Kosovo

Tomáš Miklánek (PhD CERGE-EI, Prague, Czech Republic, 2017)
University of Economics (VŠE), Prague, Czech Republic

Arben Mustafa (PhD Staffordshire University, UK, 2014)
University of Gjilan "Kadri Zeka", Gjilan, Kosovo

Petar Stankov (PhD CERGE-EI, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014)
University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria

* Denotes Fellows Sponsored by Global Philanthropic Trust

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