Call for applications: SUSTJUSTICE postgraduate certificate programme | University of Antwerp | 10 February – 30 April 2020

The University of Antwerp Law Faculty’s Law and Development Research Group will be running a post-graduate certificate programme on “Sustainable Development and Global Justice” (SUSTJUSTICE) from 10 February to 30 April 2020. SUSTJUSTICE offers a comprehensive teaching programme based on the research lines of the Law and Development Research Group. These research lines contribute to SUSTJUSTICE’s four compulsory anchor courses, i.e.:

  • International Law and Sustainable Development,
  • Human Rights and Global Justice,
  • Law in Developing Countries, and
  • External Actors in Aid, Trade and Investment.

SUSTJUSTICE brings together a diverse group of leading experts from the North and South to introduce salient features of their disciplines, and to engage students in understanding and reflecting on key challenges for sustainable development and global justice.

Find out more on the SUSTJUSTICE website

In previous years, the programme was generously supported by the Belgian development cooperation (VLIR-UOS) which facilitated scholarships for a limited number students from the Global South. While scholarship applications are invited for SUSTJUSTICE, scholarship availability is contingent on the approval of the programme by VLIR-UOS and can only be confirmed in October 2019. 

See the list of eligible scholarship countries

Deadline for scholarship applicants: 30th September 2019

Deadline for self-funded applicants: 1st December 2019


New research project: “Social Change for South Africa: A Law and Development Approach” | Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

LDRN member Prof. Joanna Botha, head of the Department of Public Law at the Nelson Mandela University Law Faculty (an LDRN partner institution), has received a NRF Thuthuka Grant for a three-year research project titled “Social Change for South Africa: a Law and Development Approach”.

The research project aims to augment knowledge and understanding of the role of law in promoting development, governance, equality, social cohesion and social justice in South Africa. It critiques and explores law’s capacity as a means to achieve social change in South Africa.

Two annual LLM bursaries are foreseen for research students working on connected topics. The bursaries for 2019 were awarded to Ms Priscilla Moyo (“The National Health Insurance Bill: A measure to realise the right to access health care services”) and Ms Chante Baatjes (“A comparative analysis of the sustainable development laws in South Africa and the United Kingdom”).

A call for two bursaries for 2020 will be released in the second half of this year, and will appear on In terms of funding regulations, candidates should be South African citizens, though SADC citizens may be exceptionally eligible.

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Warwick Law School PhD Scholarships

Warwick Law School is offering up to 2 PhD scholarships for applicants looking to start their studies in September 2019. Applicants may apply to study any Law discipline, but it is expected that the research proposal will be in line with the interests of an academic member of staff.

The closing date is 28 February 2019.

The scholarship will pay an annual stipend as well as tuition fees for 3 years. It is open to UK, EU and international applicants.

See further information here


Apply for Fernandes Fellowships at Warwick University, UK

The Fernandes Fellowships aim to develop lasting research collaborations between Warwick University and Europe.

The Fellowships will allow those in research, tenure-track or early academic positions at European institutions to undertake one or more visits to Warwick (up to a total of three months) to undertake a specific program of research and scholarship with their host and other collaborators, and engage with the wider Warwick research community.

The programme will run until December 2021. In total, 25 Fellowships are available over the three years.  Applications are welcome at any time.

The Fernandes Fellowships are open to researchers working in all subject areas. However, applicants working in the following research fields are particulary welcomed:

  • Human disease, particularly reproductive health, antimicrobial resistance, cancer and ageing

  • Data, artificial intelligence and associated ethics

  • Economics, management, behavioural science and governance

  • Energy, sustainability, and circular economy

  • Analytical technologies for healthcare, life science and the environment

See more information on applying

PhD studentship | University of Nottingham Faculty of Social Sciences | Marine cultural heritage in East Africa

The University of Nottingham is inviting applications for a three-year international PhD studentship in connection with the research project Rising from the Depths Network: utilising marine cultural heritage in East Africa to help develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits.

Applicants for the studentship must be African nationals, preferably but not limited to the countries which are the focus of the project, namely Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania or Madagascar.

The deadline for full applications is  30 November 2018.

See further information here.

Deadline extended (30 September) – Call for applications: SUSTLAW postgraduate programme on Sustainable Development and Human Rights Law | University of Antwerp, Belgium | 11 February – 3 May 2019

The Law and Development Research Group at the University of Antwerp Law Faculty is pleased to announce the call for applications for the fourth edition of its innovative postgraduate programme on “Sustainable Development and Human Rights Law” (SUSTLAW) from 11 February to 3 May 2019. The SUSTLAW programme runs in conjunction with the University of Antwerp Master of Laws (LL.M). It offers an intensive, in-depth legal training, providing both critical and contextualized insights.

The programme brings together a diverse group of leading experts from the North and South to introduce salient features of their disciplines, and to engage students in understanding and reflecting on key challenges for sustainable development and global justice. Thanks to the generous support of the Belgian development cooperation (VLIR-UOS), we are able to provide up to 12 scholarships to participants from the global South (mainly from least developed countries, please consult the eligible country list.)

The deadline for scholarship applications has been extended to  30 September 2018.

What SUSTLAW offers:

SUSTLAW programme participants will join an intensive and comprehensive teaching programme rooted in the research lines of the Law and Development Research Group. These research lines contribute to SUSTLAW’s four compulsory anchor courses, i.e.:

·       international sustainable development law;

·       human rights and global justice;

·       law in developing countries; and

·       external actors in economic global governance.

These courses provide entry points for interactive learning and contribute to the two key strengths of SUSTLAW: first, the combination of theoretical insights with hands-on training; second, the diversity of the student body and teaching staff. These features ensure that the SUSTLAW programme connects the Global South with the Global North for a unique educational experience.

After successful completion of the programme, students receive a certificate of completion and can obtain ECTS credits upon submitting a research paper.

Who should apply?

Previous editions of SUSTLAW attracted a diverse body of young professionals – lawyers, scholars, and development practitioners – of demonstrated intellectual and academic excellence from around the world. Participants have a unique opportunity to increase their theoretical knowledge and practical skills through a mix of teaching, moot courts and other role-playing exercises, making it a rich and intense learning experience with practical application in a diversity of careers.

Participants should have at least a bachelor-level degree and a basic knowledge of human rights and international law.

Further information:

For further information, please visit the SUSTLAW website.

Call for applications – 15 Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD positions – Well-being, Ecology, Gender and cOmmunity-Innovative Training Network (WEGO-ITN)

On behalf of the WEGO-ITN, The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam is pleased to announce the recruitment of 15 Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA) PhD positions (Early Stage Researchers).

WEGO-ITN’s consortium is made up of scholar-activists working on feminist political ecology from ten institutions in five European Union countries: Germany, Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom and eight institutions from six countries for training and secondments: Australia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Uruguay and USA.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon, 1 March 2018.

For more information, see further here about the research project and the full vacancy description and application details.




Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (ECF) Competition 2018

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (ECF) Competition 2018

The Warwick Law School is looking to support excellent applications for the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (ECF) Competition 2018. The School of Law has an excellent track record in supporting successful candidates with Leverhulme applications and we are now inviting suitably qualified candidates to support in the latest scheme. The Department will select a limited number of fellowship applications to support in the 2018 competition. These applications will be selected through a competitive internal selection process.

The Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position.

Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2018. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

The 2018 round will open 1 January 2018. The closing date for applications to the Leverhulme Trust is 1 March 2018.

Applicants are encouraged to work on their proposal with their chosen mentor before submitting the application to the department.

For more information on the scheme and the process of application through Warwick Law School, please see: