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PhD Fellowships at Department of European, Public and International Law in Belgium 2019 Entry


Application for the PhD Fellowships at Department of European, Public and International Law in Belgium 2019 Entry is now open for International Students at the Ghent University in Belgium.


PhD Fellowships at Department of European, Public and International Law in Belgium 2019 Entry


The Ghent University is seeking to fill four full-time, 40-months, fully-funded PhD fellowships as part of the ERC-funded research project “Righting Victim Participation in Transitional Justice”.

The research project is a multi-disciplinary and multi-method study of the effects of victim participation in transitional justice processes. It studies the long-term (and often unforeseen) effects of this participation on victims and victim communities by analyzing how their perceptions of justice and of what their rights change in response to their participation in transitional justice processes.

The Scholarships are one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world. The aim of the program is to create a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.


Scholars are selected on the following criteria:

  • Scholarship is available for International students.
  • hold a master’s degree in law, social and political sciences, anthropology or a related discipline;
  • have obtained their degree at the time of application or demonstrate convincingly that they will have that degree in hand by July 1, 2019;
  • be fluent in English as their working language and as their primary publication language;
  • spend longer periods of time abroad for fieldwork and participate in international conferences.

Furthermore, applicants who meet the following conditions will be ranked higher during the assessment procedure

  • good knowledge of the field of transitional justice, victim-oriented approaches or related fields relevant to the project;
  • good knowledge of (at least one of) the other language(s) relevant to the preferred case study;
  • experience with fieldwork, ideally in post-conflict settings, or specifically in one of the four case studies;
  • experience with either ethnographic methods (such as participant-observation, interpretive research design); large-n analysis or legal analysis – and ideally a combination of these;
  • pre-existing networks relevant to the research and fieldwork.

In addition to these project specific elements, we expect candidates to

  • have the ability to work independently and in a team;
  • have excellent academic writing/presentation skills;
  • contribute to the general well-functioning of the team;
  • have some social media experience or interest therein;
  • work in a meticulous way and be able to manage deadlines.

English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.



  • A cover letter outlining how your professional and research experience is relevant for this project, your motivation, and which case study you wish to be considered for
    a detailed CV (including publication list if available)
    a transcript of your degree(s)
  • If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
    a ‘Certificate of equivalence’ is required for diplomas awarded outside the European Union.
  • two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample on a related topic (10.000 words maximum, in English, ideally an academic or research paper).
  • Applicants are invited to submit these documents (as one pdf file) via email to [email protected] with the subject line “ERC PhD Application – name of the case study”.
  • Only applications that have been submitted (with the International Office and registered on the website of the scholarship) before January 14, 2019 will be considered for the scholarship.

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