Human Rights under Pressure – Ethics, Law and Politics: Seeking Applications for Postdoctoral Fellowship Program!

Deadline: 21 February 2016

Human Rights under Pressure – Ethics, Law and Politics (HR-UP) is seeking applications for its one year fully-funded Post Doctoral Fellowship Program offered together by Freie Universität Berlin and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Einstein Foundation Berlin.

The program has international and interdisciplinary layout and the width of its research program, postdoctoral researchers will make a vital contribution to the research group’s success by conducting research on emerging cross-disciplinary themes and questions.

HR-UP offers young researchers a unique opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in three sub-fields of the most pressing contemporary challenges for human rights:

  • Human Rights and Crises and Emergencies
  • Human Rights and Diversity
  • Human Rights and Globalisation


  • Postdoctoral researchers will be paid 1416 € per month plus 103 € for material expenses.
  • The Fellow will be actively involved in the full HR-UP program curriculum, including interdisciplinary colloquia and annual summer schools.
  • Postdoctoral researchers will also be given the chance to gain experience in teaching, management and leadership by taking part in HR-UP’s events and lectures.
  • Postdoctoral researchers may apply for stays from a minimum of 12 months to a maximum of 24 months.
  • Within the framework of HR-UP, two Mercator Fellows shall be integrated. They are outstanding and internationally renowned human rights researchers coming from abroad for a longer research stay of up to 6 months, preferably one full semester.
  • HR-UP regularly invites renowned researchers to participate in its events and to provide lectures and workshops.
  • Postdoctoral researchers will also be actively involved in the process of identifying and inviting visiting researchers as well as in helping organize their stay and thus gain hands-on experience in establishing and expanding international (academic and non-academic) networks.
  • HR-UP puts an emphasis on the invitation of human rights experts from non-academic institutions as well (e.g. from politics, economy, NGOs, media, development aid).
  • HR-UP will provide a comprehensive set of specialized courses and seminars

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Fellowship is open to researchers who received their doctorate in any discipline related to human rights.
  • The research plan must deal with the current challenges confronting human rights, relevant to the HR-UP research program.
  • The Fellow will commit to complete a peer-reviewed article or otherwise significant research project during the 2016-2017 academic year, and to present it at academic events.
  • Applicants will be required to commit to the full 2016-2017 academic year in this Post-Doctoral position

How to Apply

Interested applicants can send their applications at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Human Rights under Pressure.