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PhD Positions
Faculty of Law Maastricht University
Faculty of Law Hasselt University
Call for Proposals 2020


In 2020 the Maastricht University Faculty of Law and the Special Research Fund of Hasselt University funding for two fulltime PhD positions. This call provides information on the application procedure.


Two four year fulltime paid positions provided by The Special Research Fund UHasselt – Maastricht University in the framework of the joint PhD programme between Maastricht University and Hasselt University.

  • One candidate will be appointed by Hasselt, one by Maastricht.
  • One PhD candidate will be appointed by Hasselt University. The terms of employment of Hasselt University will apply. One PhD candidate will be appointed by Maastricht University. The terms of employment of Maastricht University will apply.
  • Both will receive a double doctoral degree (2 separate degrees that refer to each other) between Hasselt University and Maastricht University.


Graduates with a relevant Master degree and excellent grades. Motivated and determined researchers possessing first-rate analytical and writing skills. Final-year (master) students are (likewise) encouraged to apply if they have proven research skills. Candidates who have already started their PhD research, but are not employed as resident PhD researchers.

The candidate submits the application, including a letter of commitment by a professor or associate professor of the Maastricht University Faculty of Law who will act as the envisaged promotor and a letter of commitment by a Hasselt University supervisor who can act as 'promotor' (cf. section 10 of the UHasselt doctoral regulations). Both promoters have to commit to the proposal.


When submitting a proposal the following conditions apply:

  • it is for the candidate to find (a) supervisor(s).
    • Preferably in an early stage, the applicant commits to a professor or associate professor of the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University AND a Hasselt University promoter who can act as 'promotor' (cf. section 10 of the UHasselt doctoral regulations) who will act as the promotor of the proposed PhD research;
    • they will formally endorse their commitment as a supervisor to the proposed research project by means of a formal letter.


The closing date for the submission was originally set on Monday 23 March 2020, 23.59 hours.

However,confronted with the impact of the Corona crisis, Hasselt University has decided to postpone the deadline of the current call for a Doctoral Fund in Cooperation with UM from 23 March to 15 April 2020, 23.59 hours! This decision was made by mutual agreement with Maastricht University.

You can expect a confirmation of good receipt of your application on Wednesday 16 April 2020.


An application consists of:

  • a fully elaborated proposal drafted in English or Dutch (according to the language in which the dissertation will be written), using the application form attached to this call;
  • a detailed CV, including – if applicable – relevant publications;
  • academic transcript of bachelor’s and master’s degrees and list of grades;
  • if the dissertation will be written in English, proof of the English language level (being a native speaker, having completed a university degree in the English language or having passed a IELTS or TOEFL test; a IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.5 in writing or an internet-based TOEFL score of 90 with no less than 23 in writing is sufficient);
  • a motivation letter;
  • a letter of commitment by the envisaged promotors, including, if applicable, a substantiated indication of the number of years required;
  • contact details of two references;
  • the Master’s thesis or, if applicable, another substantial piece of English or Dutch writing;
  • short bio of the envisaged promotors demonstrating expertise in the field of the proposal.


You have to submit the application at both universities (Maastricht University and Hasselt University).

An application can only be submitted by email to Pzfdrvacatures@maastrichtuniversity.nl and to bof@uhasselt.be.


Applications are assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • originality of the proposal and potential contribution to knowledge;
  • Research design and methods set out in the proposal and the link between setup and methods;
  • quality of the PhD candidate;
  • track record of the envisaged team of supervisors;
  • feasibility (both in terms of research setup and budget);
  • match between the proposal and the Hasselt Faculty of Law research programme and the Maastricht Faculty of Law research programme;
  • added value of the proposal for the cooperation between Hasselt and Maastricht.

The applications will be assessed by a selection committee appointed for that purpose by the Faculty Board of Maastricht University and the Research Council of Hasselt University.


For further information, please contact Sara Schaeken, staff member Research Coordination Office UHasselt (tel +32-11-268576, email: sara.schaeken@uhasselt.be) or Patrick van Eijs, policy adviser for research Faculty of Law Maastricht University (tel. +31-43-3882027, email: patrick.vaneijs@maastrichtuniversity.nl).

BOF internal guidelines (English)

BOF interne richtlijnen (Nederlands)

Application form


15 April 2020, 23.59 Closing date submission of applications
Mid-May 2020 Applicants are informed whether they are invited for an interview
End-May /Beginning of June 2020 Interviews
Beginning of June 2020 Final decision by the Faculty Board and approval by the Research Council at UHasselt for the Joint UH-UM applications