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PhD Positions for International Students at Ghent University in Belgium, 2020

PhD Positions for International Students at Ghent University in Belgium, 2020

The Department of European, Public and International Law is delighted to invite applications for the two  PhD Positions Program at Ghent University for the 2020-2021 academic year.

These funded studies are designed to give for international students who have a chance to study a PhD degree in Belgium and aims to help them with covering some of their study expenses.

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Great funding opportunity for PhD candidates in Belgium

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Founded in 1817, Ghent University is one of the most prestigious universities in Belgium, offering various undergraduate, postgraduate, and research degree programs for all students.

Why at Ghent University?  By studying in this university, students can magnify their knowledge and learning new techniques which are used to jobs both in and out of academia. They will also have to manage long-term projects at the same time as short-term goals which requires strong organizational skills.

Application Deadline: November 08, 2019

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Ghent University
  • Department: Department of European, Public and International Law
  • Course Level: PhD
  • Award: € 2334,88
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: 2
  • Nationality: International
  • The award can be taken in Belgium


  • Eligible Countries: Students from all nationalities are eligible to apply for this application.
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: The studentships are available to pursue PhD programme.
  • Admissible Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following criteria:
  • Have obtained their degree (Masters for PhD position; PhD for post-doc position) at the time of the application or demonstrate convincingly that they will have that degree in hand by April 1, 2020
  • Demonstrate prior familiarity with the court they will study
  • Have a deep interest in the study of power and society
  • Be fluent in English as their main working language
  • Be in a position to spend periods of time abroad to conduct twice 3-month-long fieldwork and to participate in international conferences.

The following attributes are also highly desirable:

  • Direct experience of the institution to be studied (ideally having worked in the Registry of the Court you will study either as an intern or a lawyer
  • In-depth knowledge of the case-law of the institution to be studied
  • Experience in conducting ethnographic fieldwork or qualitative interviews, or interest in conducting these
  • Command of a second official language of the Court
  • An academic background that helps to interrogate questions of evidence
  • Pre-existing networks are relevant to the research.

In addition to these project-specific elements, candidates are expected 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 the ability to reach out to different audiences, including through the use of social media;
  • Work in a meticulous way and be able to manage deadlines.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: While applying for the grant the initial step is to apply for affirmation. For taking the affirmation right off the students are required needs to pick a PhD degree coursework at the university.  After being enrolled at the university, claimants can apply for the fund by submitting their application through email to [email protected].
  • Supporting Documents: To apply, please send, in one pdf file and in the listed order, the following documents: A cover letter outlining why you wish to be part of the DISSECT research project, what you would bring to it and, if you wish, any preliminary idea as to how you would conduct your part of the project, CV, a transcript of your degree(s): If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages English, please add a translation in one of the abovementioned languages, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample on a related topic (10,000 words maximum, in English, ideally an academic or research paper).
  • Admission Requirements: You must have a master’s degree in law or a related social sciences discipline.
  • Language Requirement: All seekers need to provide valid proof of the required level of Dutch at level B2 for the program.
  • Benefits: The university will provide starting salary for a person with six years of previous relevant experience and no family would be € 2334, 88 net per month for a PhD candidate but more for a post-doc researcher.

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