“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.
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