PhD (Migration and Diversity Policy Research) Scholarship 2020 @ Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium


The Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, invites applications for scholarship to PhD students in the field of Migration and Diversity Policy Research.

Scholarship award:

It offers employment as a full-time doctoral researcher.
– Contract: full-time research grant for one year, renewable on an annual basis for a maximum of four years. Extension of the contract is subject to the agreement of the doctoral committee. Remuneration is at the level of a full-time research assistant at a Flemish university (i.e. approximately € 2.000 net per month) depending on personal situation, and includes contributions for social security. Secondary employment is not allowed.

– The PhD student will be guided by Prof. Sebastian Oberthür and/or Prof. Harri Kalimo. Co-promotership from other Belgian or foreign universities is encouraged. Successful candidates are expected to work at the IES premises in Brussels. Office space and equipment will be provided along with a budget for travelling and other research-related expenses.

– The PhD researcher will be expected to devote the majority of his/her time to research, with contribution expected for occasional teaching activities, to event organisation and to the overall development of the institute. The researcher will prepare papers, attend conferences and produce research publications as she/he carries out the PhD.

– The IES is committed to creating and supporting a diverse work environment and is an equal opportunity employer.

Important Dates

May, 2020.


The successful applicants are required to:
– Hold a Master’s degree in political science, law, international relations, public policy, sociology or relevant social sciences with excellent study results.
– Be fluent and have excellent communications skills in English. Knowledge of additional languages is an asset.
– Have a thorough knowledge of the relevant academic literature.
– Have experience in conducting document analysis and research interviews.
– Have the ability to communicate with stakeholders, among others high-level officials.
– Be flexible, self-motivated and perseverant.
– Knowledge of and travel experience in (West-) Africa are an asset for research theme 2.
– Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

The application and required documents are to be consolidated into a single PDF file sent by e-mail to (subject heading: ‘Environment PhD call’).

Last Date

The last date for application is May, 2020.

Contact Details

For any further details, the applying candidates can refer to official notification using the following link

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