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Visiting Researchers

For whom?

Applications can be made by doctoral researchers, who are at least in the second year of their studies (during the envisaged stay), postdoctoral researchers and senior researchers.The research should thematically fall within one the ACIL research themes or projects. Sufficient knowledge of the English language is required.

The duration is, in principle, three months, during the academic year (i.e. September - June). In exceptional cases shorter or longer stays (up to six months) can be accommodated.


Visiting Fellows will enjoy the following facilities during their stay: 

  • access to the University's library; 
  • use of a working space in the Faculty of Law; 
  • Internet and mail account access within the UvA web domain; 
  • participation in lecture series, research meetings, and conferences, organized by the ACIL; 
  • supervision by one or more members of the ACIL, consisting of a limited number of meetings (for junior researchers only). 

Application Procedure

Applicants should send the following documents to with reference ‘Application Visiting Fellowship’ (in 1 pdf file): 

  1. motivation letter of 500 words max., setting out the reasons for conducting a visiting fellowship at the ACIL, the preferred starting date and duration of stay, and the name(s) of member(s) of the ACIL;*
  2. description of intended research of 1.000 words max., including research outline and link with one of the research areas of the ACIL;
  3. CV (including a list of publications and the names of two references).

It is not required to first approach or send the application materials to a potential supervisor (member of the ACIL). Applicants are however advised to include the name(s) of ACIL members with whom they would like to discuss their research during their stay. Please consult the profile pages of ACIL members under ‘Staff’.

Application Deadlines

There are two deadlines throughout the academic year:

  • for stays during the first semester (September - January): 1 March
  • for stays during the second semester (February - June): 1 September

Decisions about applications are made within two months after the application deadlines within the ACIL Board.


'The ACIL is a great place for studying and learning international law. It provides an extremely good and friendly working environment, giving you the opportunity to share your research and ideas on a daily basis in an informal and fruitful way.'

Eugenio Carli, PhD candidate at the University of Florence (topic: EU Common Security and Defence Policy and its international law aspects), guest researcher at the ACIL in autumn 2015.

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