Research Partnership Programme at the Danish Institute for Human Rights

Deadline: 21 February 2013
Open to: researchers from developing and transitional countries, fluent in spoken as well as written English, with bachelor or master degree and an experience in human rights-related research and/or work
Grant: covers  expenses in relation to accommodation, insurance and international flights plus monthly stipend


The Research Partnership Programme (RPP), funded by the Danish International Development Assistance (Danida) and organised by The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) offers a small number (4-6) researchers from developing and transitional countries the unique opportunity of  becoming a guest researcher at the DIHR for a period of no more than five months, during the semester August – December 2013.

For 2011, 2012 and 2013, the programme operates under the thematic focus of “Informal Justice Systems” (IJC), and the topics selected by prospective applicants should ideally fit under this theme. The terms informal, non-state or local justice systems encompass a wide range of adjudicative mechanisms using a variety of normative foundations, forms and structures, and adjudicative procedures. They present opportunities for access to justice where state systems lack outreach and forums in which a diversity of cultures and values can be respected. They also  present challenges and weaknesses in respect of compliance with human rights standards  concerning participation and accountability.


  • The programme is primarily for persons who have experience in human rights-related research and/or work.
  • The minimum requirement for applying is a bachelor’s degree and preference will be given to those possessing a master’s degree or equivalent qualifications.
  • The applicant must be professionally affiliated to an institution (NGO, university, etc.) in a developing or transitional country.
  • It is of utmost importance that the applicant is fluent in spoken as well as written English.
  • The selection of research partners will depend on the qualifications of the total number of applicants and the availability of qualified supervision at the DIHR.


  • An RPP grant covers expenses in relation to accommodation, insurance and international flights.
  • Moreover, research partners will receive a monthly stipend to cover living expenses in Denmark.
  • Research partners will be provided accommodation by the Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC) in central Copenhagen.


Applicants are requested to forward the following in English only (certificates and letters of recommendation in French are also acceptable):

  1. Research proposal of five to ten pages stating: A)Field of research B) Objective C) Methodology D) Expected output E) Time frame for the work. Please refer to the attached concept paper in relation to the specific topic of IJS.
  2. Certifiable academic degree(s).
  3. Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Proof of institutional affiliation.
  5. An academic article or paper produced by the applicant.
  6.  Proof of proficiency in English (oral and written) by means of an English test (for instance TOEFL or IELTS).

A letter of recommendation from the institution to which the applicant is affiliated.

If you have further questions you are welcome to contact Programme Manager, Ms. Sisse Stræde Bang Olsen: [email protected], or Head of Programme, Dr. Lone Lindholt: [email protected].

For questions relating to the thematic of IJS, please contact Mr. Fergus Kerrigan, Head of Access to Justice Programme: [email protected]

Applications for the coming academic year (August-December 2013) should be received at the DIHR no later than 21st of February 2013.

Please send your application to:

The Danish Institute for Human Rights
The Research Partnership Programme
Att.: Sisse Stræde Bang Olsen
Strandgade 56
DK-1401 København K
Phone. +45 32 69 88 88 / Fax No. +45 32
69 88 00

For more detailed information visit the Official Website

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