Doctoral Programme in Human Rights under Pressure – Ethics, Law and Politics

Deadline: 27 January 2014
Open to: international graduate students in Law, Criminology, Philosophy, Political Science, History or other relevant discipline, with a high level of excellence
Scholarship: monthly stipend of 1365 euros, plus 103 euros for material expenses, awarded for a period of maximum 36 months


“Human Rights under Pressure – Ethics, Law, and Politics” (HR-UP) is an international, interdisciplinary doctoral and post-doctoral study, research training group under the joint auspices of Freie Universität Berlin and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. HR-UP is funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Einstein Foundation as an International Research Training Group, and unites world-class researchers and supervisors in various disciplines relating to human rights at both universities and at our partner institutions.

HR-UP welcomes research topics for comparative research and the investigation of human rights in a variety of universal, regional and cultural contexts. The programme offers a flexible framework for research in order to accommodate outstanding and original research ideas of promising applicants. Doctoral students will be expected to conduct their research within one of the following three broadly identified areas of research:

  • Human Rights and Crises and Emergencies
  • Human Rights and Diversity
  • Human Rights and Globalization

HR-UP will begin in October 2014. Doctoral researchers accepted to the program 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 joint supervised by participating senior  researchers from Germany and Israel. In principle, doctoral degrees will be awarded by the institution serving as the Doctoral researcher’s  home institution (Hebrew University of Jerusalem or Freie Universität Berlin). The possibility to award a joint doctoral degree is also envisaged.


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). Official TOEFL/ IELTS/AMIR scores for all students who have not previously studied at an institution of higher education, where the language of instruction is English. (The school code for the TOEFL test is 0206.) The minimum TOEFL score required is 600 on the paper based test, 250 on the computer-based test or 90 on the Internet- based test. The minimum IELTS score required is 7.


In its upcoming 2014 intake HR-UP will offer 14 doctoral fellowships (7 in Berlin and 7 in Jerusalim). Each doctoral fellowship includes a monthly stipend of 1365 euros, plus 103 euros for material expenses, and mobility funds and is awarded for a period of maximum 36 months.


Submit the following documents:

  • curriculum vitae;
  • prior degree credentials;
  • two letters of recommendation;
  • letter of motivation;
  • three-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 January 27, 2014. 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 and should note their preference, if any, in their application. Please note that only applications in English will be accepted.

To access the Call for Applications, click HERE.

To apply, please visit the application platform of your preferred home institution:

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