20 Fellowships

The fellowships address scholars as well as practitioners of law and neighbouring disciplines who are interested in sharing ideas on recent problems and developments of democracy and the rule of law across Europe and its member states. The fellows will be able to flexibly pursue their project on a topic of their own choice and will become part of a European network for the exchange of views about current questions of European constitutionalism. They will receive a monthly stipend of €2.500 for their mobility phase at institutions of legal scholarship and practice in another EU member state.


in the early stages of your career as a

SCHOLAR holding a PhD* in

  • Law/Legal Studies
  • Political sciences, social sciences, philosophy or other neighbouring disciplines (focusing on legal issues and/or the rule of law in Europe)



  • Legal expert (i.e. judge or court employee, in NGOs,…)
  • Government official
  • Researcher working on questions on the rule of law and/or democracy in the EU
  • Journalist reporting on the rule of law and/or democracy in the EU

Eligible for the fellowship are residents of the European Union or the United Kingdom, non-EU EEA countries or Switzerland .

*Your PhD project should have been completed no more than 10 years ago. Scholars who are still working on their project may be eligible if their PhD is close to completion. For practitioners, a PhD is not required.


  • You are interested in current developments and challenges regarding democracy and the rule of law in Europe.
  • You are looking for new ways to work on your own project within the context of democracy and the rule of law in Europe
  • You want to be part of a group of fellows to debate and learn from each other.
  • You are keen to pursue new work opportunities at institutions in other EU countries.
  • You want to engage in a multi-faceted exchange about questions on democracy and the rule of law in Europe with junior and senior experts from all over Europe, from different sectors and from across the political spectrum.



  • re:constitution fellowships for one academic year, starting from 1st October 2020 until 31 July 2021, offering the freedom to pursue your own project in a topic of your choice, such as an academic article, essay, policy paper, book, report, podcast, feature story, piece of analysis, etc.
  • For non-academic experts, a fellowship could be a form of sabbatical.
  • For the first cohort of re:constitution fellows and their projects please see here

Exchange and Debate

  • Personal exchange meetings of 3-5 days in EU countries: The first meeting will take place from 27 to 30 October 2020 in Berlin and Frankfurt/Oder, the second and third in February and June 2021 in other EU member states. The curriculum of these meetings will be developed jointly by the fellows and in consultation with the coordinator of the programme.
  • Opportunities to attend and organise events with emphasis on specific aspects and topics of the programme.


  • Mobility period of six months, the so-called ‛stage’ at institutions of scholarship and practice of your choice in another EU country than your residential one; the ‘stage’ should be divided between a research institution and an institution of legal practice.
  • Monthly stipend of €2.500 during the ‛stage’ (plus supplements depending on personal circumstances).


  • Access to a European network of scholars and practitioners who are interested in and working on questions on the current state of democracy and the rule of law in Europe.


  • Digital exchange formats for the fellows: The exchange between the fellows will be supported by a secure digital working space provided by the Forum Transregionale Studien.


Further information here

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