The Chair for Public Law and Public International Law and the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) at RUB invites applications for a doctoral scholarship from the SYLFF association in combination with a position as research associate (5 h/week, 12.5 %) commencing on 1 August 2020 (total income per month: 1500 Euro). The duration of the scholarship and the position as research associate is for three years and the goal is to complete a doctoral thesis (PhD) in law by this time. Because of the unique combination of a doctoral scholarship, a position with few work hours and the integration within the SYLFF-Mikrokolleg “Forced Migration”, the conditions for a timely completion of the PhD are particularly favourable.
Proposals for a doctoral thesis in law should focus on international, European or comparative public law. They may, but need not incorporate questions surrounding German public law. Proposals may deal with issues concerning the rights of forced migrants and refugees as well as the corresponding duties of the different actors involved. The examined actors can be States, international organisations (such as the United Nations, the Council of Europe or the International Criminal Court), NGOs or affected individuals. Projects may either address current legal developments or relevant fundamental questions (“Grundlagenforschung”).
If you are chosen for the stipend, you will also be employed as research associate of the chair of Public Law and Public International Law and become a fellow of the SYLFF-Mikrokolleg “Forced Migration” at RUB’s graduate school, the RUB Research School. Together with other researchers from law and related disciplines, you will contribute to forced migration research at a high level.
Applicants should have completed a German legal state exam or comparable international studies with a focus on international law with above-average results. At the time of your application you must have completed or be in the final phase of your studies, so that you are able to take up the position by 1 August 2020.
• An interest in (comparative) public law and/or public international law is welcome.
• You should be able to work cooperatively, flexibly and you should have shown previous organisational skills in the past.
• Strong written and oral skills in the English language. Knowledge of the German language or a willingness to acquire some knowledge of it is preferable. Proposals for a dissertation in English are preferred.
Please apply through the application form “Sylff-Kolleg Application Form 2020”, which can be found here. The signed and fully completed application form including attached documents within one single PDF file must be sent to before the application deadline (Extended to 24 April 2020).
Further information on the institute and the chair is available at or by directly contacting Professor Pierre Thielbörger ( or the IFHV secretariat, Ms. Mortimer and Ms. Zastepinki ( For questions concerning the SYLFF-Mikrokolleg “Forced Migration” in general, please contact Dr. Sarah Gemicioglu (