Selection for Global Diversity Fellowship starts

CICJ wil select two early career researchers in the field of international criminal justice from developing countries for a one-month Global Diversity Fellowship somewhere in the period May-June 2018.

CICJ Global Diversity Fellowship

To develop a truly global international criminal justice framework, it is imperative that talented young scholars from developing and/or (post-)conflict countries have access to scholars at well-established universities and research centers, and have the opportunity to connect with practitioners of relevant institutions, such as the international criminal tribunals in The Hague. The Center for International Criminal Justice (CICJ) aims to create a durable framework for facilitating such access by offering a one-month fellowship each year to excellent researchers in the field of international criminal justice who may not otherwise have the means or resources to spend extensive periods of time abroad. 

About CICJ 

Established in 2012, CICJ is a university based organization dedicated to interdisciplinary study, debate, and research relating to genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, the crime of aggression, and other gross human rights violations. Based at the Law Faculty of VU University in Amsterdam, we strive to bring together researchers and students with (international) criminal law and criminology backgrounds. The Center offers a Master International Crimes and Criminology, a summer school on International Criminal Justice, professional (post-graduate) trainings, and organizes research seminars and guest lectures on a regular basis. On occasion, the Center also provides research internships for students, and creates opportunities for visiting scholars and researchers to conduct research at the Center and participate in its activities. 


Applicants should be early career researchers in the field of international criminal justice from developing countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America or Eastern Europe, (post-) conflict countries in particular. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in international crimes and/or international criminal justice, should hold a relevant Master degree, and have at least two years of relevant work experience at a university or research institute. Applications from a wide variety of fields of expertise will be accepted, including law, criminology, history, forensic science, epidemiology, sociology and psychology. 

Preference is given to applications of persons who have not yet had the opportunity to intern or study abroad. 

About the Fellowship 

The Fellowship facilitates a stay of a period of up to one month, preferably during the months May or June 2018 (but this is negotiable). The Fellow will be based at CICJ at VU University Amsterdam. He or she will have access to all necessary research facilities (office space, library, etc.) and is expected to participate in all the Center’s activities. CICJ will fund a plane ticket (economy class), provide an invitation letter to obtain a visa, secure and fund housing, and grant a stipend to cover living expenses. 

While in the Netherlands, the Fellow is expected to conduct research within the field of international criminal justice. As part of the application process, applicants are requested to outline their research plan, and explain how that fits with CICJ’s work, how that relates to their own work back home, and what they hope to get out of the fellowship for their research and career (short term and long term goals). 

The Fellow will be expected to finish a short piece of research of publishable quality during their stay and give a presentation at a seminar or lecture arranged by CICJ.  

Application Details

Applications should include: 

  • One-page cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae of no more than three pages
  • Outline of proposed research of no more than1.500 words  
  • Names, addresses, and email contact details, of two referees familiar with the applicant’s work, to be contacted by the selection committee if short-listed

The application deadline has passed. Candidates will be informed about the outcome of the selection process before 20 December 2017.