Study Abroad: STEM Exchanges, Scholarships, and Fellowships in Hungary for Postdocs


Scholarship Programs for Postdocs

The Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA) Basic Research Program aims to support research in Hungary by young U.S. scientists. Candidates must have PhD degree and be employed by Hungarian research institutions.

Agencies Involved: The Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.


The Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA) Basic Research (NN) Program supports research leading to excellent results, based on international cooperation. Research groups must apply after being pre-funded, and include proof of funding in application.

Agencies Involved: The Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA)

Key Dates: Applications accepted year-round. Program starts 6 to 18 months after submission. Submissions are evaluated twice annually.


The Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) Lendület (“Momentum”) Programme aims to bring young researchers back to Hungary and thereby increase Hungarian scientific competitiveness. In the year of 2013, the program will be awarded to 12-15 individual Lendület research teams for periods of up to 5 years. The Program is offered at two levels: the Lendület I level and the Lendület II level. The Lendület I level is offered to researchers under 40 years of age, and the Lendület II level is offered to those under 45. Candidates for both programs must possess a PhD at the time of application.

Agencies Involved: The Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA)

Key Dates: Application deadlines for 2014 will be released shortly. Candidates are notified within 90 days of application.


International Senior Research Fellowships support outstanding postdoctoral scientists establishing their scientific careers in selected European countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakian Republic and Slovenia. Researchers from any country are eligible. The awards run for a period of five years and include a personal salary and research expenses.

Agencies Involved: Wellcome Trust

Key Dates: Preliminary applications due Sept 20, 2013


The Hungarian Scholarship Board’s Postdoctoral Studies, Research Program is a 1-10 month program designed for scientists looking to complete post-doctoral research abroad. Applicants must hold a PhD or an equivalent degree. Age limit for applicants is 45 years.

Agencies Involved: The Balassi Institute, the Hungarian Scholarship Board Office

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.