17 April 2014

Institute for Research in the Fundaments of Law (lucernaiuris), Switzerland
Call for applications: Visiting Researcher Programme 2014-2015

Deadline for application: 30 June 2014

The Institute for Research in the Fundaments of Law (lucernaiuris) at the University of Lucerne is dedicated to advancing pioneering academic work in the foundational legal subjects (legal history, legal philosophy, legal theory and legal sociology). In particular, it seeks to promote the establishment of inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to the study of law, which enrich legal discourse by opening new and innovative avenues of inquiry.

The Visiting Researcher Programme is designed to support promising young scholars working in the above-mentioned fields. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to conduct their research under the guidance of Law School faculty and in a stimulating climate of intellectual exchange and cooperation. They will also be invited to participate in the institute’s own teaching and research programmes, and enjoy full access to our extensive specialist resources.
Programme conditions
The institute offers funding for researchers to visit the University of Lucerne for a period between four and six weeks. The programme provides up to 5.000 CHF per visiting researcher to cover accommodation and living costs.

The programme is limited to one fellowship per year. Fellowships can be taken at any time during the Autumn or Spring Semester.

Visiting Researchers are, for the duration of their stay, required to actively contribute to the working life of the institute. Specifically, they will be expected to:
• Attend and participate in the institute’s research events (lectures, seminars, workshops.
• Deliver a working paper, based on the research conducted under the aegis of the programme, for publication in the institute’s Working Paper Series.

Eligibility requirements
The programme is open to postgraduate and postdoctoral scholars pursuing research in areas related to the institute’s own research agenda. Applications are welcome not only from legal scholars but also those working in the social sciences and humanities, provided that the proposed research promises significant insights for the key research questions of the institute.

The institute shall apply a selection policy that takes account of academic excellence, international experience, gender equality and equality of people with disabilities.

Application requirements
To apply, please submit the following:
• Letter of Motivation
• Research Project Abstract (750-1000 words)
• Curriculum Vitae
• Publication List (if applicable)
• Names of Two Academic Referees

The deadline for submission is Monday 30 June 2014. Applications should be sent to the following address:
Dr. Steven Howe
Institut für Juristische Grundlagen – lucernaiuris
Frohburgstrasse 3
Postfach 4466
CH-6002 Luzern

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