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Mobility program for researchers in the field of human rights

Mobility program for researchers in the field of human rights

Mobility program in human rights (Sept 2022 – Aug 2024):
Open call for applications

Deadline: 7 November 2023

The Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU), Finland, invites applications for short-term research mobility during the period 1 January – 31 August 2024 (excluding the month of July). The objectives of the mobility program are to promote research collaboration in the field of human rights between researchers at ÅAU and partner universities, to develop new and deepen existing research and development initiatives, and to support the internationalization of research training in human rights.

To facilitate the achievement of the program objectives, priority is given to scholars who conduct research in areas linked to on-going or planned research projects at the Institute for Human Rights. Thus, the mobility program supports mutually beneficial research visits, where the benefits for both the individual researcher and ÅAU are clearly stated. In the 2024 Call, the following thematic fields are prioritized (please consult the webpage of the ÅAU Institute for Human Rights for more information on the ongoing research):

  • Localization in international human rights law
  • The interaction between international human rights law and national criminal law with a particular focus on the rights of the ‘vulnerable’
  • Human rights education
  • Human rights, migration, mobility
  • Socio-economic rights, in particular, social protection and social innovation


Who can apply?

The call is targeted at scholars on different academic levels (Professors, Postdoctoral researchers, and doctoral candidates). Priority is given to scholars in law, or scholars from other disciplines with an interest in law as a social and/or cultural phenomenon.

Applications from scholars affiliated to the following networks are particularly welcome:


What do we offer?
  • Research stay at the Institute for Human Rights from one week to four weeks during 2024
  • Integration into the research activities of the Institute for Human Rights, including possibility to participate in research seminars and conferences, when available
  • Working space and access to library and computer services
  • Mobility grant of 475 €/week, for covering costs of living and accommodation
  • Reimbursement of travel costs (ticket, visa, insurance taken for the purpose of this trip) up to 1500 € from countries outside Europe and 600 € within Europe. The researcher must make the travel arrangements him/herself in the most affordable way. The travel costs have to be fully verified with original receipts and tickets.
  • The Institute assists in finding accommodation, e.g., by providing a list of hotels and guest houses in Turku. The researcher pays for the accommodation him/herself.


How to apply?

Applicants should fill in the online application form found at ÅAU Mobility Form. The following documents must be included in the application form:

  • A motivation letter addressing your interest in the mobility program and specifying your preferred period of stay
  • Academic CV, including list of publications
  • A research plan (max three pages)
  • A project abstract targeted to a general audience

The complete application with the required appendices shall be submitted through the electronic application form by 7 November 2023. After submission, the applicant will receive a delivery receipt by email.


Selection process

The applications are assessed after the deadline. The following criteria is taken into consideration in the selection process:

  • The applicant’s research and how it fits with the ÅAU Institute’s research interests/profile
  • The purpose of the research visit and its connection to the ÅAU Institute’s research activities
  • How would the research visit benefit the individual researcher’s ongoing work
  • The applicant’s overall academic track record and qualifications

Mobility scholars shall report to the ÅAU Institute on the results achieved with the funding within one month after the mobility period. The grantees will be provided with the reporting details before the end of the mobility period.


More information

For more information on the research profile of the ÅAU Institute for Human Rights, please consult the Institute’s webpage here. General information on ÅAU can be obtained here. For questions regarding the application process, please email humanrights@abo.fi.


Updated 13.9.2023