Research Fellowship Program: Open Call in Data Storytelling

The Innovation Center of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME)
invites early to mid-career researchers to apply to its first Research Fellowship
program. The program will provide scholars from diverse fields an opportunity
to approach their research from a design-driven perspective in collaboration
with the University’s research community.


MOME Innovation Center aims to explore how art and design competences can be
utilized not only within the creative industries but also for addressing global issues in
industrial, social, and environmental contexts. Through interdisciplinary design-based
research and collaboration with scientists, engineers, and other professionals, the
Innovation Center community generates new methodological knowledge and works on
applied solutions for practical problems.

Research fellowship is planned to last between 12-24 months, during which fellows will
receive financial and operational support to conduct their research. The research should
be interdisciplinary in its nature and should capitalize on the design expertise and
practical knowledge available in the University’s community.
Additionally, during the program fellows will be expected to primarily reside in Budapest
and contribute to the intellectual life of the University.
Within this open call, we invite applications from researchers working in areas related to
Data storytelling. We especially encourage applications in the following two fields:
   Data and participation
The University has a strong tradition in social design - a creative practice dedicated to
understanding social problems and supporting positive social change through design
methodologies. MOME Innovation Center invites scholars working with data and
interested in the aspects of participation, co-design, community empowerment, social
impact, to apply to our fellowship program to form interdisciplinary collaborations. We
encourage applications that aim to develop or analyze datasets for social or
environmental impact, potentially explore new ways of citizen participation and can
contribute to an overall improved decision-making.
   Data literacy
As many parts of our lives are increasingly turned into data, it is important to explore
the arising possibilities and challenges of data comprehension among various groups.
We invite scholars from social, natural sciences and engineering, to collaborate with
the University’s designers and data visualization experts to advance research in datacentric
information design. We are open for exploratory research proposals as well as
projects looking into specific tool development for minimizing the potential negative
effects of the increasing complexity of data systems.
Researchers with proposals that do not directly fall under the proposed topics but still
offer an interdisciplinary approach are also encouraged to apply.

Throughout their research, fellows will be expected to complete at least one research
paper for presentation at (international) conferences and for publication in a peerreviewed
In addition to academic outputs, the projects are also expected to contribute towards
solving global social, environmental, or economic challenges. Thus, throughout the
program research fellows will be encouraged to look for practical solutions to the
identified problems.


• The University will cover one-way airfare to Budapest and offer relocation assistance, if
• Fellows will have access to University’s campus office spaces, workshops, and tech
• Fellows will have the possibility to collaborate with 1-2 local researchers during the
research project, i.e., to build their interdisciplinary research team;
• Fellows will receive a monthly allowance between 800.000 – 1.200.000 HUF gross,
depending on fellow’s prior qualifications;
• Fellows will be able to qualify for material or equipment costs coverage up to
10.000.000 HUF, depending on their project specifics.

Applicants submitting a proposal must:
• Hold a PhD or equivalent degree in any field of science at the time of their application;
• Demonstrate a successful academic publication record;
• Be interested to work closely with designers in interdisciplinary teams;
• Relocate to and be primarily based in Budapest for the duration of the program and
participate in the intellectual life of the University.


To apply, please send the following documents in PDF format:
• Detailed curriculum vitae, including your publication record;
• Outline of research project (max. 1500 words) that you propose to carry out at MOME
Innovation Center, specifying the objectives of the work, and the approximate time
needed to complete the research and prepare submissions;
• Cover letter, explaining why you would like to join MOME, how you would engage the
local community in your research activities, and overall contribute to the intellectual
life of the University;
• Proof of PhD or equivalent degree.
Please note that an applicant can submit only one research outline; therefore, it is not
possible to apply with multiple ideas.


Applications for the research fellowship program should be submitted by 4th September
2022 23:59 CET to
In case of any questions, please contact us at
More info about MOME: MOME_Budapest