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Joint Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program - Human Rights under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics

Minerva Center for Human Rights/Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Freie Universität Berlin
Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin/Jerusalem, Germany
Application Deadline: 27 January, 2015

“Human Rights under Pressure – Ethics, Law and Politics” (HR-UP) is a 3-year Doctoral Program offered together by the Freie Universität Berlin and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Einstein Foundation Berlin. HR-UP offers young researchers a unique opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in three sub-fields of the most pressing contemporary challenges for human rights:

  • Human Rights and Crises and Emergencies
  • Human Rights and Diversity
  • Human Rights and Globalisation

The program is interdisciplinary, welcoming candidates whose research is in relevant fields of Law, Social Sciences or the Humanities, including social work and educational sciences. Please refer to the Program’s website for a list of participating senior researchers.  

HR-UP will welcome its second cohort in October 2015. Doctoral researchers accepted to the program will participate in both jointly and locally held courses, including a two-week introductory intensive course in Jerusalem, joint interdisciplinary colloquia, research ‘master-classes’, joint lecture series and three annual summer schools in Berlin – and will be jointly supervised by participating senior researchers from Germany and Israel. In principle, Doctoral degrees will be awarded by the institution serving as the Doctoral researcher’s home institution (Hebrew University of Jerusalem or Freie Universität Berlin). The possibility to award a joint doctoral degree is also envisaged.


In its upcoming 2015 intake HR-UP will offer 12 Doctoral Fellowships (6 in Berlin and 6 in Jerusalem). Each Doctoral Fellowship includes a monthly stipend of € 1,365, plus € 103 for material expenses, and mobility funds - and is awarded for a period of maximum 36 months.

Application requirements

Applicants interested in taking part as Doctoral researchers in HR-UP must:

  • Conform to the general admission requirements of the university which will serve as their preferred home institution (including specific department requirements).
  • Possess a qualifying degree (generally, a research Masters) in Law, Criminology, Philosophy, Political Science, History or other relevant discipline, with a high level of excellence.
  • Possess excellent English language skills (both oral and written), with a minimum 90 TOEFL grade (or equivalent).­­­­­­­
  • Submit the following documents:
    • a curriculum vitae
    • prior degree credentials
    • two letters of recommendation
    • a letter of motivation and
    • a 3-page description outlining the envisaged individual research idea including its relation to one of the above mentioned fields and the concept of Human Rights under Pressure.

The final deadline for applications is January 27th, 2015. However, applications may be reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates are encouraged to submit a full application as early as possible. Applicants may apply for admission to either or both universities and should note their preference, if any, in their application. Please note that only applications in English will be accepted.

For further information, and to apply, please visit  www.hr-up.net

Fully-Funded PhD Scholarship in Social Policy

Norface Our Children’s Europe Project
University of Kent
Kent, United Kingdom
Application Deadline: 31 January, 2015

The scholarship is an exciting opportunity to work with an exceptional academic team at the forefront of European social policy research. Our Children’s Europe uses innovative methods (deliberative democratic forums and a qualitative cross-national focus group survey) alongside analysis of quantitative survey data to develop understanding of people’s aspirations for the Europe their children will inhabit. It will be the first project to use qualitative methods on such a scale in the comparative study of European social policy.

Full details at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/postgraduate/feesandfunds.html

The project will contribute to theoretical work on the main cleavages and solidarities driving social policy in different European welfare states and to more practical consideration of the parameters of acceptable policy change. It will supply new findings relevant to the politics and sociology of welfare and provide data for reanalysis and as a base-line in future studies. The team have led a number of major cross-national projects and will press home findings in national and EU-level policy debate.

Successful candidates will have obtained a 1st or good 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, and ordinarily an MA or MSc at Merit or Distinction level. The scholarship covers tuition fees at the postgraduate standard home/EU rate (£3,996) in addition to an annual maintenance stipend of £13,863 per annum (for entry in September/October 2015 only).

Deadline: Saturday 31 January 2015.