16 December 2015

Human Rights Under Pressure, a cooperation between Freie Universität Berlin and Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Joint interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme - Call for applications
Deadline for application: 31 January 2016

'Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics' (HR-UP) is a 3-year fully-funded Doctoral Programme offered together by Freie Universität Berlin and 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 programme is interdisciplinary, welcoming candidates whose research is in relevant fields of law, social sciences or the humanities, including social work and educational sciences.
HR-UP's third cohort will begin in October 2016. Doctoral researchers accepted to the programme 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. Each HR-UP fellow will also spend a 4 to 8-month 'mobility phase' at the other university. Doctoral degrees will be awarded by the institution serving as the doctoral researcher's home institution (Hebrew University of Jerusalem or Freie Unversität Berlin).
In its upcoming 2016 intake HR-UP will offer 14 Doctoral Fellowships (7 in Berlin and 7 in Jerusalem). Each Doctoral Fellowship includes a monthly stipend of € 1365, 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 minimal 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 31 January 2016. 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; please note that applications must be submitted separately to each university. Note that only applications in English will be accepted.

To apply, please visit the application platform of your preferred home institution:
 • Freie Universität Berlin 
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Applicants must make an account on the website in order to apply to HR-UP at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Once the account has been created, HR-UP can be found under 'Faculty – General')

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