Asser Visiting Research Fellow Programme

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut is a place for research in The Hague, the City of Justice and Peace, for legal practitioners and scholars from around the world. Visiting Fellows are welcome for a period from one up to six months to pursue their own research project.

While in The Hague, they meet with other scholars and practitioners in the fields of International and European law and engage with The Hague community of international lawyers working at the many international organisations located in the City, and with Dutch academia. Visiting scholars are encouraged to participate fully in the activities of the institute and to attend the lectures and seminars on international and European law. They are expected to present their research at one of the monthly Asser Research Seminars as well as at a public lecture and to submit a manuscript produced (partly) during the research stay for publication in the Asser research papers Series (on Asser website and SSRN Series).

The institute is located close to the many international organisations in The Hague and at walking distance from the Peace Palace. It has its own conference facilities and library, a variety of office and meeting spaces, and it is surrounded by a lovely garden. As part of the University of Amsterdam, the institute benefits from the university’s extensive network of resources and electronic research tools, which can be accessed via an institute’s workstation or the institute’s wireless network. The visiting research fellows are provided with their own workspace with telephone and desktop computer. They have access to the institute’s library as well as to a wide range of other libraries in The Hague, such as the Peace Palace Library and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. The institute has no accommodation for rent for visitors. There is a range of organisations/agents offering accommodation in The Hague. It is advisable to have accommodation secured prior to arrival. 

Application Guidelines

The Asser Visiting Research Fellow Programme accepts applications in two categories:

  1. Junior Research Fellows (PhD researchers and early career researchers and practitioners). PhD researchers are candidates enrolled in a doctoral degree programme at another institution abroad who wish to benefit from spending some time at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and its environment in The Hague.
  2. Senior Research Fellows: experienced academics and practitioners.

The applicant must have a reasonably high proficiency in spoken and written English. If English is the applicant's second language, applicants are requested to demonstrate proficiency with a certificate of TOEFL score 250 or IELTS level 6 (minimum). 

The Programme encourages applications within the scope of the Institute’s research strands. Applications should indicate to which of the Institute’s strands the research is connected. A complete application in any category will include a letter of interest, a C.V. (including list of publications), a research proposal (including a 200 word abstract), and 2 letters of recommendation. All in English.

Visiting fellows pay a 'bench fee' [1] to assist in covering the cost of provision of facilities at the Institute, including desk top computer, libraries (the Institute's own library, the University of Amsterdam Library), and desk space. 


Further inquiries and complete applications can be send to:

[1] The bench fee for academic visitors (excluding PhD students) is € 1500 (+ VAT at the current rate) for a stay of three months and a further € 300 (+ VAT) per month thereafter. In some circumstances a higher fee may be agreed. The bench fee may be waived, at the Academic Director’s discretion, when the visitor is making a direct contribution to teaching or to a research project at the Asser Institute.