Pannonius Fellowship Program

May 28, 2014 by  


The Pannonius Fellowship Program is a full-time transatlantic fellowship opportunity for young leaders and scholars from the U.S. and Hungary. This fellowship serves to inspire and equip young leaders and scholars on both sides of the Atlantic with a fully funded research and study abroad experience. The program staff will support the fellows by providing orientation sessions, an ongoing platform to exchange ideas at bi-monthly meetings, as well as a continuous mentoring process. The forum and network for leaders in Hungary and America will work to provide lasting bridges between the two countries.


Key Fellowship Elements:

  • research and study abroad experience in the U.S. (for Hungarians) or Hungary (for Americans) where fellows can grow at the host institution (think tank, NGO, academic institution, congressional or parliamentary office, or company) within their own academic or professional fields and build important networks;
  • Regular meetings with respected scholars and business leaders allowing the fellows to refine their leadership skills, advance their professional development, and deepen their economic, political, and cultural understanding of Central Europe and the United States;
  • Mentoring opportunity for fellows to help in setting their own realistic personal goals and develop strong personal connections with key individuals in their respective profession or field of study; and
  • Monthly stipend to cover living, housing, educational and travel costs during their stay in the U.S. or Hungary.


This fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous support of the 




In 2014 CSS launched the Pannonius Fellowship Program to help provide lasting bridges between Hungary and the US. Below are a few program highlights:

Mount VernonEducational Trip and Fellowship Dinner to Mount Vernon (December 2014)
Hungarian CSS fellows joined alumni of the Summer Leadership Academy for an educational outing to Mount Vernon where the basic principles of the American founding were explained. Afterwards, the fellows enjoyed a dinner at an historic Inn in Old Town, Alexandria, Dr. Roger Pilon of the Cato Institute led a discussion on the contributions of Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton to the American system of government.

© 2015 www.vegeldaniel.comWhat is Liberalism? And do we want it? (January 27, 2015)
A panel discussion hosted by the Common Sense Society at Centrál Kávéház on January 27, featuring speakers M. André Goodfriend, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy, András Lánczi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Századvég Foundation, and Marion Smith, President of the Common Sense Society and Executive Director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. CSS Pannonius Fellow Joshua Dill and Michelle Adams took part in the preparation and organization of the event and also gained important contacts through the event. 

Reading Group_1Reading Group: Two Concepts of Liberty by Isaiah Berlin(February 26, 2015)
Berlin’s essay “Two Concepts of Liberty” (1958) contributed to a revival of interest in political theory in the English-speaking world, and remains one of the most influential and widely discussed texts in that field: Berlin’s distinction between positive and negative liberty remains a basic starting-point for theoretical discussions of the meaning and value of political freedom. CSS Pannonius Fellow Joshua Dill moderated the discussion.

11042955_10152749473040669_8728816987777602328_nPivot to the East or Global Rebalancing? (March, 11, 2015)
CSS held a joint conference with Political Capital Institute and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung on the Political, Economic, and Defense Dimensions of Hungary’s Eastern Opening in foreign policy. CSS Pannonius Fellow Joshua Dill moderated a panel on the TTIP trade deal featuring two current MPs and a former ambassador.

IMG_3931Pannonius Fellows Field Trip to Győr, Monostor and Bratislava(May 11-12, 2015)
US Pannonius Fellows took part in a field trip to Fort Monostor, Győr and Bratislava to learn about Hungarian military history through the system of historic forts, about the notion of advanced colleges, and the situation of ethnic Hungarian minorities abroad.


imageHungarian Minorities Abroad: A Discussion (June 12, 2015)
Pannonius Fellows participated at a discussion on Hungarian minorities abroad, featuring Anna-Mária Bíró, Director of the Tom Lantos Institute, and Zoltán Kántor, Director of the Research Institute for Hungarian Communities Abroad.


The Principles of Liberty vs. Dogmatic Liberalism (January 27, 2015)
by Orsolya Ujj & Sandor Udvary
The rule of law should ensure a safe setting for a healthy economy and a fair market where innovation can take wing.

What is Liberalism? And do we want it? (January 28, 2015)
by Joshua Dill
The ideas of liberty, justice, and rights are foundational to our modern understanding of politics. Defining them is so controversial because they are so important.

SYRIZA: European Parties React (February 25, 2015)
by Joshua Dill
The new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras enters a complicated political context, one made increasingly turbulent by his own party’s confrontational positions in the realms of economics, geopolitics, and foreign policy.

Dresden’s PEGIDA Marches: What Do They Want? (February 27, 2015)
by Joshua Dill
The PEGIDA marches have ignited a raging debate that has gone far beyond the topic of the alleged “Islamization of the West” and has touched on German national identity, the lingering East-West divide in Germany, and relations with Russia.

(Live Blog) Hungary’s Eastern Opening: Pivot to the East or Global Rebalancing? (March 10, 2015)
moderated by Joshua Dill
The political, economic, and defense dimensions of Hungary’s “eastern opening.”

Why Jobbik’s Electoral Victory is More than an Electoral Problem (April 16, 2015)
by Joshua Dill
“If the mainstream parties want to halt or reverse this trend, they must recognize that Jobbik’s advance comes thanks to a counterculture that is far more powerful than the official institutions of the party itself.”

Rage Against the Machine (May 1, 2015)
by Joshua Dill
In his article „Rage Against the Machine,” Pannonius Fellow Joshua Dill states that „The dilemma for Europe stems from the fact that the goals of the “system” end of the axis are nearly as muddled as those of its “anti-system” haters. The anti-system assault could be withstood if the European political establishment had a confident and coherent identity, program, and mission.”

Hungarian Minorities Abroad: A Discussion (June 23, 2015)
by Michelle Adams
CSS Pannonius Fellow Michelle Adams summarizes a recent discussion about Hungarian minority rights.

Congressional Hearing on Hungary: Double Standard or Friendly Advice? (June 30, 2015)
by Júlia Lakatos
CSS Pannonius Fellow Julia Lakatos reports on the US-HU relationship in light of a recent hearing on Capitol Hill.

Goulash Corruption (July 9, 2015)
by Joshua Dill
CSS Pannonius Fellow Joshua Dill discussed corruption in Hungary: “Corruption in Hungary shares much in common with that in neighboring countries, but there are also characteristics that make it unique … [such as] centralization … [and] the legalized nature of corruption.”

What Europe Needs to Do to Solve its Energy Security Problem (September 15, 2015)
by Ilona Dózsa
The Atlantic Council published an article about energy security in Europe by CSS Pannonius Fellow Ilona Dózsa. In her article titled “What Europe Needs to Do to Solve its Energy Security Problem”, Ilona lists specific steps how to diversify Europe’s energy sources and utilize the potential of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

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