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Fellowship programme Law

Are you interested to pursue your research in Amsterdam for a period of time? We are pleased to offer the opportunity to visit and work with us at the Faculty of Law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The Faculty of Law invites researchers from all corners of the world to apply for a stay of up to one year at VU Amsterdam campus. We welcome young researchers in the process of obtaining a doctoral degree, as well as senior research fellows with a substantial record of professional achievement and a well-developed research agenda, who are eligible to take temporary leave from their universities or research centers.

In addition to the Fellowship programme, the faculty awards permanent affiliated professorships to distinguished scholars. With this affiliated professorship, the faculty offers a life-long relationship with VU Amsterdam, one that will continually foster excellence in legal scholarship.

Visit information

  • About the Faculty of Law

    Our faculty hosts many excellent researchers who are considered among the best in their respective fields internationally. The faculty is located on the campus near the city center and it provides outstanding research facilities in a lively and inspiring working environment. Our research is organized in seven research programmes, in which we strive for both scientific excellence and connection to today‚Äôs changing society. These programmes all come together under the umbrella of the Kooijmans Institute for Law and Governance. In addition, our researchers are active in a range of other research institutes and networks. Visiting researchers and fellows are welcome to attend the variety of workshops, colloquia and other ongoing activities at the faculty.

  • Welcome at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

    If you are considering a stay at our faculty, we kindly invite you to read this information about working at VU Amsterdam. Upon fellowship admission, the International Office will do its utmost best to assist in finding a suitable accommodation for our visiting researchers and fellows.

  • Terms and conditions

    Visiting researchers and fellows devote from one month to one year in residence at the Faculty of Law to pursue independent research and collaborate with faculty members on projects and publications. We ask you for a presentation of your research project while in residence. Visitors who stay for more than three months are expected to publish at least one publication in conjunction with the affiliated research programme. We expect that the fellowship programme will result in a mutually beneficial relationship between the visitors and the faculty, a relationship which ideally extends beyond the tenure of the fellowship itself.

  • More information

    For more information on selection procedure, see the application guidelines. Before you submit your application, we strongly encourage you to contact preferred host department and discuss fellowship opportunities. Please be aware that all visiting researchers and fellows are self-supported, with adequate support from sources outside the university.

  • Application guidelines

    Visiting researchers are doctoral candidates enrolled in a doctoral degree programme at another institution abroad, who wish to benefit from spending one month to one year in residence at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

    Visiting fellows are senior researchers who hold a doctoral degree, or professors of Law at another institution who enjoy a sabbatical or temporary leave and would like to work with one of our research groups for up to one year. In addition to pursuing independent research, visiting fellows are expected to collaborate on research projects and publications with faculty members as mentioned under terms and conditions.

    You can apply by completing an application form, which will be sent to the department of your choice. We strongly encourage all potential visitors to contact the preferred department as well as director of the preferred research programme before applying.

    Visiting researchers and fellows are selected on the basis of experience, prior professional achievements, the quality of the proposed research, and its fit within our faculty. All applicants must be proficient in English. Applications will be judged by the programme director of the preferred research programme who will also be a contact person for the applicant regarding all matters related to the fellowship.