Research Workshops on Human Rights 2019-2020 - call for applications

Network members and PhD Members in particular are invited to submit proposals for one-day or half-day research workshops on human rights involving their faculty, members from other stakeholder universities within the Network and researchers from third-party institutions. The present call seeks to enhance academic exchange opportunities for all Network members across themes, levels of seniority and research fields. Therefore, whenever possible, research workshops should involve several specialisms and disciplines.

All members of the Network may apply to organise a Research Workshop on Human Rights. Workshops must be co-convened by at least two members of the Network. Workshops proposed by Senior Members must be co-convened with at least one PhD Member, but PhD Members may apply without the support of Senior Members. Persons who are not members of the Network may participate in the workshops as speakers or presenters, but not as (co-)conveners.

Application & budget
Full proposals must be submitted in a single PDF file by the (co-)conveners to the Network’s Academic Coordinator ( Proposals must contain the following elements: abstract, proposed activity, modality and structure, (provisional) speakers, proposed dates, provisional schedule and a budget which comprises coffee breaks, a drinks reception or dinner (budget allowing) and estimated travel & accommodation costs, when applicable. In principle, budgeted expenses should not exceed 1,000 euros. Higher amounts can be allocated to workshops under special circumstances that are duly justified by the (co-)conveners.

If several panels are proposed, an abstract for each panel should be included in the proposal. Proposals should aim at enhancing academic exchange among Network stakeholder universities, involve persons with varying levels of seniority and incorporate as many subfields as possible. They will be assessed and approved by the Academic Coordinator and the Chair of the Steering Committee.

The Network will cover all costs related to holding the workshops, including: transportation and accommodation for speakers when applicable, coffee break, lunch break and a workshop dinner, budget allowing. Planned costs must be clearly outlined in the budget, including travel itineraries. All funding will be reimbursed against receipts and a reimbursement form will be provided to this end. When air and rail travel are involved, boarding passes and tickets must be presented. It is expected that the conveners’ host institutions contribute with a venue for the workshops in kind.

Conveners will be responsible for the academic formulation, content and organisation of the workshop. They will also be responsible for its dissemination as well as for managing registrations, with the Network Secretariat playing a subsidiary role in this regard. The workshops will ideally be held in one of the conveners’ home institution and the Asser Institute will remain available as a fall back option.

Proposals should be submitted to the Academic Coordinator to by 18 November 2019. Results will be communicated on 2 December and successful applicants will be able to hold their workshops at any time thereafter, but before the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Successful applicants commit to writing a 1000-word report in blogpost form summarising the activity, discussions and outcome. This will be published on the Network’s website, or on the forthcoming Network blog, Human Rights Here. For an example of the expected report, click here.

Deadline extension
The deadline for submitting proposals has been extended to Monday, 25 November.