Erasmus Graduate School of Law

Junior Fellowship

Erasmus Graduate School of Law (EGSL provides a supportive, international research environment in which critical reflection, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches of the various legal disciplines and the exchange of ideas and experience of all ESL researchers play a substantial role. The activities of EGSL are geared to fit the social and business-driven orientation of ESL research. By creating inspiring and dynamic research- and work environments, where senior and junior researchers meet and learn from each other, EGSL aims to deliver outstanding, socially engaged and inspired academic professionals.

Are you a PhD researcher from outside the Netherlands interested in a short research visit to Rotterdam?

Erasmus Graduate School of Law (EGSL) would like to ask your attention for 2 scholarships for a Junior Fellowship (PhD researcher (m/f)) for the duration of 3 months.

A Junior Fellowship is intended to offer a PhD researcher from abroad an opportunity to pursue his or her research in the academic research environment at Erasmus School of Law. Taking part in this Junior Fellowship is a great opportunity for foreign PhD researchers to broaden their network, participate in a research programme at Erasmus School of Law and follow advanced research courses offered by EGSL.

Our offer

As a Junior Fellow, you will receive a scholarship by Erasmus School of Law for a research stay of 3 months, to be planned between 1 September 2017 – 1 March 2018. This scholarship includes housing costs (in the nearby student hotel or on campus), an introduction package, visa costs (if applicable) and accessibility to facilities (e.g. office space, computer and printing facilities, mailbox and library card). During your research stay, you will be involved in the research activities organized by EGSL and the research programmes and groups at ESL. As a Junior Fellow, you will conduct research which relates to one of ESL’s research programmes or which otherwise fits in the research profile of ESL. Our research programmes are:

  • Behavioural Approaches to Contract and Tort: Relevance for Policymaking (BACT)
  • Monitoring Safety and Security (MSS)
  • Fiscal Autonomy and its Boundaries (FA)
  • Lex Mercatoria: Globalising Business Law in the 21st century (LM)
  • Rethinking the Rule of Law in an Era of Globalisation, Privatisation and Multiculturalisation (RRL)

For more information about ESL’s research programmes, please visit this website.

Furthermore, ESL is involved in LDE centres on  

  • European Research Centre for Economic and Financial Governance
  • Metropolis and Mainport
  • Centre for Global Heritage and Development
  • Centre for Sustainability

The Junior Fellow is expected to write an article which will be published in the new EGSL PhD working paper series. EGSL also expects the Junior Fellow to present his/her research to his/her peers at one of EGSL’s PhD lunch lectures. For further information about EGSL and the educational programme, please click here. For an impression of living in the Netherlands, you can consult the following sources:

Profile of a Junior Fellow

The Junior Fellow is an enlisted (second, third or fourth year) PhD researcher with a master in Law or Criminology at a university outside of the Netherlands. The Junior Fellow is a talented and highly motivated PhD researcher with a demonstrated interest in research relating to one of the research programmes of ESL. PhD researchers who can benefit from a scholarship from their home university or from other funding for research visits abroad are not eligible for a Junior Fellowship. (Please note: PhD researchers who have their own funding are welcome to contact a professor/department at ESL directly to inquire about the possibility of visiting).

Application procedure

Applications will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposal, the motivation and connection with ESL’s research profile (to be explained in the application form), academic performance and letters of recommendation. Therefore, please enclose the following documents in your application:

  • Application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proposal (max. 2 pages) of a paper which will be prepared during the research stay (to be published in the EGSL PhD working paper series and presented at a lunch lecture)
  • A sample of your work
  • Confirmation of enrolment or employment as a PhD researcher at a university outside the Netherlands
  • 2 letters of recommendation (including one from your PhD supervisor)
  • Proof of proficiency in  English (TOEFL / IELTS)

Please send your application to EGSL’s policy advisor/school coordinator Ms Wilma Puper (via  The deadline for applying is 31 August 2018, 23.59 PM. The EGSL Board will take a decision at the end of September 2018. 

Please follow this link to open the application form. For further questions, you can contact EGSL’s policy advisor/school coordinator Ms Wilma Puper (via