Charles University Research Center


VITRI Fellows Program

One of the primary aims of VITRI is to inspire collaboration within divergent disciplines and encourage emerging academics and advanced doctoral students to tackle herein investigated questions from medical and historical to political and legal perspectives. Members of VITRI focuse on four major areas of research:

  • Violence from a Historical Perspective

  • Transitional Justice

  • Violence and Trauma from a Mental Health Perspective

  • Security Community

Each year, VITRI invites postdoctoral researchers to apply for short (one or two-monthfellowships. The deadline for applications is on April 30 each year.

The deadline for 2019 has passed. Please check back for our new Call for Applications.

Fellows are expected to work on their individual research project relevant to the VITRI profile. Further, they need to take active part in the VITRI fall workshop (scheduled typically for the last week of November) and acknowledge the support of VITRI and Charles University in all resulting publications.


Only applicants who have received their Ph.D. no longer than five years prior to application deadline or those who have submitted their doctoral thesis are eligible to apply. Please note that at this time we only accept applications who have completed their doctoral studies at a foreign (based outside of the Czech Republic) university.

VITRI can provide assistance in finding appropriate accommodation in Prague.

VITRI also provides access to special library holdings at the Charles University as well as to the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive accessible via the Malach Center for Visual History, which contains more than 54.000 video-recorded interviews in over 30 languages.

For further information please contact Dr Katerina Kralova or use the contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 


What should my application include?

The application must include the following documents in English:

  • 1-page research proposal within the VITRI thematic range;

  • max. 3-page resume / CV (which should include two academic references and a list of selected publications)

When will I hear the results?

You can expect to hear from us within six weeks after the deadline.

Does parental leave count towards years of service after obtaining my Ph.D.?


Do you want us to mail you the academic references?

It is enough if you list two academic references in your resume, we will contact them individually if needed. 


2019 Fellows

Meet our new fellows:

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Jacqueline Nießer

Jacqueline Nießer is a research associate at the Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) in Regensburg, Germany. Her PhD investigated transnational civic memory activism in the post-Yugoslav region using the example of the RECOM Initiative (a regional truth commission project). She pursues an anthropological perspective on Transitional Justice practices by using theories of emotions. Jacqueline graduated in Cultural Studies with a focus on cultural history and literature at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. She has co-edited one volume, and has published several articles on memory culture and applied and public history. Jacqueline Nießer has conducted comprehensive ethnographic research in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. From April 2016 until March 2019, she coordinated the international research program “COURAGE. Cultural Opposition – Understanding the Cultural Heritage of Dissent in the Former Socialist Countries” at IOS that was funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union.



Hande Sarikuzu

Hande Sarikuzu is a social anthropologist who works on the politics of transitional justice in Turkey and the Middle East. After receiving her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Sociology from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, she pursued her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Binghamton University, NY. Based on long-term ethnographic research, Hande’s doctoral dissertation investigates the vernaculars of reconciliatory justice, focusing particularly on the moral economy of reconciliation, exhumation of mass graves, rumors and neoliberal statecraft. Her ongoing work tackles questions of democracy, authoritarianism, and neonationalism, focusing on the role of conflict heritage and administrative justice mechanisms after seizures of power in Turkey and beyond.

2018 Fellows

Meet our first research fellows:

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Yesim Yaprak Yildiz

Yesim Yaprak Yildiz has recently finished her PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, UK. In her doctoral research, she analysed the public confessions of state actors on past atrocities against civilians, with a focus on Turkey and state violence against Kurds. Drawing upon philosophical and sociological discussions on confessions, she examined the processes of production of truth and subjectivity in confessions. Yaprak received her Master’s degree in Social and Political Thought at the University of Warwick in the UK and her BSc in Political Science at Middle East Technical University in Turkey. She has been working on human rights violations in Turkey for over ten years, previously at organisations including Amnesty International and Freedom from Torture. She worked as a freelance researcher for UN Women, Child Soldiers International and European Roma Rights Centre.


Ville Kivimäki

Ville Kivimäki is a social and cultural historian of war-related violence and trauma at the University of Tampere, Finland. In his award-winning doctoral thesis Battled Nerves (2013), Kivimäki studied Finnish soldiers’ war-related psychological and psychosomatic disorders and their psychiatric treatments during World War II. The historical analysis of “war neuroses” embedded them to the wider socio-cultural and ideological framework of a nation at war. In his current (2016–19) Academy of Finland postdoctoral project “Trauma before Trauma: Finnish War Veterans and the Posttraumatic Stress, 1945–1955” Kivimäki examines the transition of traumatic war experiences to the postwar period in Finland.

Kivimäki is currently leading the “Lived Nations” research team at the Finnish Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences (HEX). His own research in the team is focused on the history of nation-state violence: 1) how the experiences of state violence have constructed and deconstructed nations as cohesive communities; 2) how the nation-state violence has been justified, challenged, and processed; and 3) what is the relation of collective violence to cultural and psychological trauma.


Other Opportunities

We are looking forward to accomodate scholars with independent funding, including but not limited to Marie Curie fellows, Fulbright or DAAD reciepients.

We are also looking forward to having students spend one to three months at VITRI through the practical placement ERASMUS scheme.

In any case, do not hesitate to contact us, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.