8 November 2019.



(Paid Opportunity)


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 their study expenses

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The university of Ghent was founded in 1817, it is one of the most prestigious universities in Belgium, offering various undergraduate, postgraduate, and research degree programs for all students. 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 times as short-term goals which requires organizational skills.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Public and International Law.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

30 months to 40 months.

  • If the selected candidate is a PhD candidate, the post is for 40 months.
  • If the selected candidate is a post-doctoral fellow, the post is for 30 months (with the possibility of a limited extension in some circumstances).

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • 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 (French for the European Court; Spanish for the Inter-American Court)
  • An academic background that helps to interrogate questions of evidence
  • Pre-existing networks 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 use of social media
  • Work in a meticulous way and be able to manage deadlines.

Opportunity Cost

(Paid Opportunity)

  • Several elements, including prior experience and family situation, will be factored into the calculation of the salary offered.
  • An indicative 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.
  • The University also offers several social benefits to which the candidate has access, such as commuter allowances and access to university restaurants.

How to Apply

First Step: Send, in one PDF file and in the listed order, the following documents:

  • A cover letter (double-space, font 12, maximum four pages) 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;
  • A detailed CV (including publication list if available);
  • A transcript of your degree(s): If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the above mentioned languages.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A writing sample on a related topic (10,000 words maximum, in English, ideally an academic or research paper).

Note 1: This one-file document is to be sent via email to

Note 2: The subject line of your application email message should read: “Application – ECtHR – [your name]” or “Application – IACtHR – [your name]”.

Note 3: For inquiries, please contact prof. Dr. Marie-Bénédicte Dembour at this email

Second Step: Long-listed applicants will be invited to complete a short assignment in the week of 2 December 2019. On the basis of this assignment, a shortlist of applicants will be invited for an interview in Ghent or through video conference. This will most likely take place in the week of 16 December 2020. Video conferencing will be available for international applicants. During this interview, we will assess the relevance of your experience for this project, and gauge whether you meet all the requirements.

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