Global Diversity Fellowship

The Center for International Criminal Justice in Amsterdam introduces the Global Diversity Fellowship: an opportunity for early career professionals from developing and/or (post-)conflict countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America or Eastern Europe, working in the field of international criminal justice, to live and work for a month in Amsterdam and benefit from the Center’s network and its close vicinity to The Hague.

For the legitimacy of a global international criminal justice framework it is imperative that talented young scholars and professionals 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 lasting framework for facilitating such access by offering a one-month fellowship each year to excellent scholars, researchers, and practitioners in the field of international criminal justice who may not otherwise have the means or resources to spend extensive periods of time abroad.


Applicants should be early career scholars or practitioners 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, research institute, government institution or non-governmental organization. Applications from a wide variety of fields of expertise will be accepted, including law, criminology, history, forensic science, epidemiology, sociology or psychology. Fluency in the English language (both in speaking and writing) is required, but applicants are not required to present a specific language proficiency certificate such as the TOEFL.

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. The Fellow will be based at the Center for International Criminal Justice 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.

The Fellow is expected to conduct research within the field of international criminal justice, from a theoretical or practical perspective. 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 their career (short term and long term goals).

The Fellow will be expected to finish a short piece of research of publishable quality during or shortly after their stay and provide 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 than 1500 words
• Names, affiliations, and email contact details, of two referees familiar with the applicant’s work, to be contacted by the selection committee if short-listed

Currently no applications are open. Once they open, they will be published here.


The first two Global Diversity Fellows, Prativa Khanal from Nepal and Jesse Mugero from Uganda, visited the CICJ from mid-May to mid-June. You can read about their experiences here:

Our experiences as the first CICJ Global Diversity Fellows


A month in Amsterdam as an academic


Oktay Çelik (undergraduate in Law, Dicle University in Diyarbakir, Turkey) stayed as the fourth Global Diversity Fellow from September-November 2019.