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5 Funded PhD Positions for International Students at IMPRS-SDR in Germany, 2018

The International Max Planck Research School for Successful Dispute Resolution in International Law (IMPRS-SDR) is calling applications from international students to apply for its 5 funded PhD positions. These positions are available within the research areas of the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution and the Department of European and Comparative Procedural Law.

The IMPRS-SDR is looking for highly qualified candidates with a strong international focus, with respect to both their experience and area of research, as well as an excellent level of English.

Founded in 2009, the IMPRS-SDR offers a multi-national student body the opportunity to examine and compare international dispute resolution from a legal perspective while also considering interdisciplinary, including political, sociological, historical, and economic aspects. In addition to providing a stimulating research environment, the IMPRS-SDR strives to furnish PhD candidates with first-hand practical insights into the many facets of international dispute resolution.

Scholarship Description: 

  • Applications DeadlineJuly 1, 2018
  • Course LevelPositions are available to pursue PhD programme.
  • Study Subject: Positions are awarded in the areas of the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution and the Department of European and Comparative Procedural Law.
  • Scholarship Award: Selected PhD candidates will receive full-time research contracts of initially 2 years, with a possible extension of up to 12 months depending on the availability of funds, the student’s progress, and the directors’ approval. In addition to being embedded in one of the vibrant Departments and its activities, the PhD candidates will be part of the IMPRS-SDR through which they will receive additional scholarly guidance and take part in events, such as doctoral seminars, master classes, and lectures. PhD candidates will benefit from the productive working environment within an international and creative team of researchers and have the opportunity to establish contacts and networks with all participating institutions as well as visiting academics and practitioners.

The IMPRS-SDR supports and encourages PhD candidates to present their work at national and international conferences and to conduct research stays at a partnering institution and elsewhere. Select PhD candidates will have the opportunity to work in an international dispute settlement institution, such as the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

The MPI Luxembourg will provide a fully equipped office and access to its renowned legal library. Salary and social benefits are provided according to the Luxembourgish legal requirements.

Please be aware that the Max Planck Society does not award doctoral degrees. PhD students must therefore enroll at the University of Luxembourg. Subject to the regulations of the University of Luxembourg, co-tutelles can be arranged with universities outside of Luxembourg. However, the place of work is at the Max Planck Institute in Luxembourg.

  • Nationality: International students are eligible to apply for this position.
  • Number of ScholarshipsUp to five 5 funded positions are available.
  • Scholarship can be taken in Germany

Eligibility for the Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: International students are eligible to apply for this position.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

The IMPRS-SDR is looking for highly qualified candidates with a strong international focus, with respect to both their experience and area of research, as well as an excellent level of English.

IMPRS-SDR candidates are expected to have graduated in the top 5-10 percent of their university class. They have ideally spent considerable time abroad, as a student or an intern at an international organization or institution, or they have already worked in a field of law that is relevant to the IMPRS-SDR.

PhD candidates are expected to commit to their research project and to collaborate with the colleagues in the Department to which they are assigned as well as their fellow IMPRS-SDR scholars. They should therefore have good social skills and be interested in teamwork and academic exchange.

English Language Requirements: Applicants must have excellent level of English.

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