Call for Applications
Type: Doctoral Fellowships on Migration and Justice
Institution: Centre for Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy,
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Location: Leuven (Belgium)
The Centre for Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy of KU Leuven's
Institute of Philosophy welcomes applicants for 4 fully-funded
four-year PhD-fellowships in Political Philosophy (starting not later
than 1 December 2019). The research group within which the PhD-fellow
will work is RIPPLE (Research in Political Philosophy Leuven).
The project for which the funding is available aims to contribute to
the development of a theory of justice for immigrants. In particular,
the project examines what, if anything, could justify differentiating
rights for citizens and immigrants (non-citizen residents). The idea
that immigrants may permissibly be withheld rights accorded to
citizens is normatively underexplored within the political philosophy
of migration, despite its increasing salience in current political
debates. Three categories of differential rights will be investigated
from a normative point of view: priority for citizens in terms of (1)
political rights (including voting rights and citizenship), (2)
socioeconomic rights (including access to welfare) and (3) language
rights (including public language recognition). In addition, we will
investigate the impact of such differentiated rights regimes on the
questions of admission and of the moral right to immigrate.
Successful applicants will each write a PhD-dissertation within this
overarching theme of the political philosophy of migration. The
project is supervized by Professors Helder De Schutter, Eszter Kollar
and Johan Olsthoorn.
We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:
- An MA in Philosophy, Applied Ethics, Political Theory or Legal
Theory with academic distinction;
- The motivation to pursue creative work in political philosophy of
- An explicit interest in migration and the just treatment of
- The ability to present at conferences and to publish in
- The ability to play an active role in the research group, including
by attending and co-shaping its weekly seminars, organizing
workshops, and generally contributing to the development of
political philosophy in Leuven;
- An excellent command of English; proficiency in, or a willingness
to learn Dutch, French and/or German are a plus.
Each fellow will receive a four-year PhD fellowship (subject to a
one-year probation period) of approx. 2000 EUR/month (after taxes and
depending on past employment track, family size, and other factors).
Moreover,each fellow is entitled to all regular provisions for KU
Leuven fellowship-based doctoral researchers including extensive
social provisions (access to public health care, hospital insurance,
holiday allowance (limited to certain nationalities), unemployment
benefits rights and pension rights), complimentary bicycle and
bicycle maintenance, office space and a laptop.
All fellows are expected to reside in Leuven for the duration of the
fellowship and to work from the office. Office presence is required
for the collaborative nature of the project. They will also be given
funding (and support in securing more funding) for research
activities such as attending conferences abroad and organizing
workshops and conferences in Leuven. Of the four fellows, one will
work on political rights differentiation, one on welfare access
differentiation, one on language policy differentiation, and one will
address the question of who has the right to enter. It is not
necessary to choose between one of these subjects in the application
Enthusiastic and cooperative persons meeting the above-mentioned
criteria are kindly invited to apply online according to the
instructions given below. Please include 1) a cover letter indicating
your interest in the field (normative political philosophy) and the
topic (justice in migration); 2) a CV; 3) the names of two referees
whom we might approach prior to appointment and after the interview
phase; and 4) a sample piece of writing not exceeding 10.000 words
(e.g. an MA thesis chapter). The deadline for applications is Monday
2 September at 23.59 Brussels time. We will hold interviews with
selected candidates (in person or online) soon thereafter.
For further information, the project’s supervisors can be contacted
at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and
email@example.com. We encourage members of underrepresented
groups to apply. The fellowships are open to all nationalities.
Start date: 1 December 2019; End date: 31 November 2023.
You can apply for this job no later than September 02, 2019 via the
online application tool:
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flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality
or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility
or support, please contact us at: diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.
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