2 Doctoral Fellowships

The doctoral programme “Dynamische Integrationsordnung/Dynamic Integration – Law in-between Harmonisation and Plurality in Europe “ (DynamInt) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is currently accepting applications for fellowships starting in October 2020.

The programme (DynamInt)

The doctoral programme’s research agenda is to reveal concrete and meaningful elements of a dynamic order of integration. The methodological approach of DynamInt is both international and interdisciplinary. Both features have strong institutional foundations. On the one hand, DynamInt is to be situated within the outstanding network of leading universities in Europe united in the European Law School (ELS), which has constructed an architecture of pan-European structured PhD training. On the other hand, it integrates a high proportion of scholars who focus strongly on fundamental research. It benefits from manifold interdisciplinary cooperation under the auspices of the Law & Society Institute Berlin (LSI). This approach transcends the narrow German legal scholarship discourse and takes account of insights from other European jurisdictions, as well as economic, philosophical and historical dimensions in different legal areas. A foundational programme incorporating international perspectives and legal scholarship complemented by other disciplines has been initiated with a view to combining these distinctive methodological features. They include the obligation to research abroad and imply solid opportunities to network across disciplines.

DynamInt engages in overcoming the typical division within legal scholarship (private, public, criminal). While this division may have heuristic benefits, it also restricts and obscures research dimensions, and risks preventing innovation. The graduate school inevitably researches specific areas from the perspective of a dynamic order of integration, e.g. Banking and Capital Market Union, competition law, digitalisation, consumer law, but its main ambition is to shed light on four intersecting themes. These consist of (1) aspects of overspill, (2) evolving processes of dynamic integration, (3) benchmarks for such phenomena and (4) foundational layers beyond law and their relationship to legal concepts.

GSSP fellows are expected to spend most of their time and conduct most of their research on-site in Berlin. The main language of the programme is German, yet the PhD thesis can be written either in English or in German.

The scholarships

The doctoral fellowships will start on October 1, 2020 (however, they may start earlier in case no language course is required). Scholarship holders will receive a grant from the “Graduate School Scholarship Programme“ (GSSP) of the DAAD. The scholarship award comprises:

  • A monthly grant of 1,200 EUR
  • A travel allowance based on your country of origin
  • A combined health, accident and liability insurance
  • A study and research allowance
  • A rent and/or family allowance, if applicable
  • A German language course

The scholarship is for a period of up to three years contingent upon the successful completion of each year. Under exceptional circumstances an extension for one more year may be possible.

The application procedure

The DAAD scholarship holders will be selected through a two-step procedure. In step one, appropriate candidates are nominated for a DAAD scholarship by DynamInt as the hosting programme. In step two, the nominees (2 for each place) submit an online application with supporting documentation via the DAAD portal and the DAAD selection board will make the decision.

Applicants must hold a Diploma or a Master’s degree in Law. In exceptional cases, graduates with degrees from related fields may be considered.

Key selection criterion is the quality of the research proposal, how well it falls in with the overall thematic agenda of the doctoral programme, its innovative potential and its likeliness to contribute to existing research.
As candidates must have lived in Germany for less than 15 months, international students with a non-German citizenship are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application documents:

Please submit the following documents in German or English as one PDF file:

  • Letter of motivation specifying your academic and professional interests, your current goals, study and career plans. Furthermore, explain why you deem our doctoral programme appropriate for your particular background (not exceeding 1,000 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae – with full contact details and information on your educational background and professional experience, publications and language skills
  • Research proposal of the planned dissertation project, including a short abstract and a work schedule listing planned periods and destinations of research or field trips (not exceeding 5 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation, each by a university professor from your home university, issued during the last two years. Please use the DAAD form, which is attached and can also be accessed here
    The letters of recommendation are not required by the application deadline and can be handed in later.
  • Certificates or translated documents:
    • School leaving certificate (College, GSEC etc.) qualifying for admission to higher education in your home country
    • Certificate of an academic degree in Law
    • Transcripts of records: Certificates of annual examinations taken at the home university
  • Language certificates:
    • English (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge, etc. or English-taught degree)
    • German (DSD, Goethe Institut, TELC, etc. or German-taught degree); knowledge of the German language, however, can also be acquired in the period following up to the start date of the scholarship; German language proficiency is thus not necessarily required at the time of application, even though it is advantageous
  • Any documents certifying completed practical work (internships etc.)
  • A list of publications (if applicable)

Other formal requirements:

  • At the time of application, candidates must not have lived in Germany for longer than 15 months
  • The last final examination for the highest university degree (usually the Master’s degree) should not have taken place more than six years ago

Applications should be submitted via email as one pdf file (in the order indicated above, not exceeding a file size of 10 MB with the subject line: Application DAAD grant DynamInt) by March 15th, 2020 to: dynamint@rewi.hu-berlin.de

The interviews will be conducted in Berlin (in exceptional cases, where it is not possible for you to travel to Berlin, the interview may be conducted via Skype)

Contact and additional information

Rüdiger Schwarz
Dynamische Integrationsordnung (DynamInt) DFG GRK 2483
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Juristische Fakultät – Prof. Dr. Matthias Ruffert
Unter den Linden 6
D-10099 Berlin

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