Human Rights Center Fully-Funded PhD Fellowships At Ghent University In Belgium

Human Rights Center Fully-Funded PhD Fellowships At Ghent University In Belgium:

The Faculty of Law and Criminology – Human Rights Center is seeking applications for 4 PhD Positions starting on September 1, 2019. This is a 40-months; fully-funded PhD fellowships as part of the ERC funded research project “Righting Victim Participation in Transitional Justice” (ERC-2018-STG804154).

The aim is to map best practices that allow for more victim-oriented approaches to and understandings of transitional justice processes.

Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major universities in Belgium. Our 11 faculties offer a wide range of courses and conduct in-depth research within a wide range of scientific domains.

Fully-Funded International Chevening Scholarship Scheme

The Faculty provides academic teaching and services based on innovative scientific research.

The education within these programmes is supported by the innovative scientific research performed within the 3 faculty departments encompassing all possible disciplines within the fields of law and criminological sciences.

Scholarship Description

  • Applications Deadline: January 14, 2021
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available to study PhD programme.
  • Study Subject: 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 are change in response to their participation in transitional justice processes. The cases under consideration are Cambodia, the DRC, Tunisia and Guatemala. The aim is to map best practices that allow for more victim-oriented approaches to and understandings of transitional justice processes.
  • Scholarship Award: The indicative starting salary is € 2065 net per month (salary scale PhD candidates Flemish Universities) in the first year, based on a full-time position. Several elements are factored into the calculation of the exact salary, including relevant prior experience and family situation.
  • Nationality: Fellowships are available to International students.
  • Number of Scholarships: Four PhD positions are available.
  • Scholarship can be taken in Belgium
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Eligibility for the Scholarship

Eligible Countries: Fellowships are available to International students.

Entrance Requirements: In order to be eligible, applicants must

  • 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.
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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.
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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 towards 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.

Application Procedure

How to Apply: To apply, please send us:

  • 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)
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o 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.

o a ‘Certificate of equivalence’ is required for diplomas awarded outside the European Union (This can be requested via

  • 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 with the subject line “ERC PhD Application – name of the case study”.

Scholarship Link

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