Ghent University Offers Fully-Funded PhD Fellowships at the Faculty of Law and Criminology in Belgium, 2019

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Scholarship Description:

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” (ERC-2018-STG- 804154). The research project is a multi-disciplinary and multi-method study of the effects of victim participation in transitional justice processes.

Host College/University:

The Ghent University is a public research university located in Ghent, Belgium. It was established in 1817 by King William I of the Netherlands. After the Belgian revolution of 1830, the newly formed Belgian state began to administer the university.

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Degree level:

Scholarships are available to pursue a PhD research program.

Field of Study:

The DynaMOD project will focus on the increase of bottom current intensity in the presence of a seabed with a complex topography such as cold-water coral mounds.


Belgium and International students.

Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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.

Applying procedure Instructions:

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)
  • 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 (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”.
The deadline for submission is January 14, 2019.
The foreseen starting date is September 1, 2019, or soon after.

Scholarship Official Web Links:

Scholarship Link: ◄–

Scholarship Deadline:

Feb 01, 2019.

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