Four four year fulltime paid PhD positions are avaibale at the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University. PhD researchers participate in the Maastricht University Graduate School of Law. They will prepare a PhD thesis in English or Dutch within the Faculty of Law’s research programme. Supervision will be provided by individually assigned senior researchers. At least 80% of the position will be dedicated to research and not more than 20% to teaching activities. PhD researchers join the faculty department in the field linked to the theme of their research proposal.


We are looking for 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 in Maastricht or elsewhere.


You will be appointed by Maastricht Univesity We offer a 1.0 fte contract for a period of 4 years, starting preferably in September 2021. An application for a shorter period can also be submitted. Continuation after the first year is dependent upon a positive evaluation.

The full-time gross monthly salary amounts to € 2.,395,00 in the first year according to salary scale PhD (‘promovendus’), increasing to € 3,061,00 in the fourth year; on top of this there will be an 8% holiday and an 8,3% year-end allowance.

You have to be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), you will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), you might be eligible for an allowance for alternative housing.Other secondary conditions include a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > UM employees.


Maastricht University

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 20,000 students and 4,400 employees. Reflecting the university’s strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law has a strong and distinct international profile both in education and research. Our faculty is an inspiring and lively place where enthusiastic and inquisitive researchers attempt to find answers to the important legal issues of today. Researchers are able to flourish in the faculty’s vibrant academic community. They develop their own research projects, within the contours set by the faculty’s research programme (Research programme at the Faculty of Law – About UM – Maastricht University).

Research is focused on the study of the role of law in an increasingly globalised society. Research involves studying both institutional and substantive developments in the process of Europeanisation and globalisation and the role of the national legal order therein. This takes place by means of comparative research and research in the fields of European law, international economic law and human rights in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary context. To this end, various research methods are applied whereby more traditional methods are combined with empirical research methods.

The Faculty of Law has six departments (Private Law, Public Law, International and European Law, Criminal Law, Tax Law and Foundation and Methods of Law) and hosts nine research institutes (Law research institutes – About UM – Maastricht University


Graduate School

The faculty values the significant contribution of motivated and talented PhD researchers to a vibrant research climate, which is why the recruitment, supervision and training of PhD researchers are set so high on the faculty’s agenda. All these activities are covered by the Maastricht Graduate School of Law. The school is committed to educating young academics and to contributing to the advancement of knowledge through original research. It is dedicated to training excellent law students from all over the world to help them to extend, deepen and actively apply their knowledge, so as to become highly qualified independent researchers. The graduate school offers PhD candidates a stimulating and internationally oriented environment for legal research and aims to contribute to strengthening the faculty’s research profile.


Appointment date

1 September 2021 (preferably).


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 which can be found here;
  • 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 promotor(s), including, if applicable, a substantiated indication of the number of years required;
  • contact details of two referees;
  • the Master’s thesis or, if applicable, another substantial piece of English or Dutch writing.

The deadline for submitting your application is up to and including 15 March 2021.

Conditions for submitting an application

When submitting a proposal the following conditions apply:

  • each candidate will contact, preferably in an early stage, a professor or associate professor of the Faculty of Law who will act as the promotor of the proposed PhD research; he or she will formally endorse his or her commitment as a supervisor to the proposed research by means of a formal letter and will ensure that at least one co-promotor from inside or outside our Faculty will join the team of supervisors;
  • each professor or associate professor of the Faculty of Law may commit to only one application either as promotor or co-promotor;
  • an application can be submitted only twice; applications that are re-submissions of previously submitted proposals (which were unsuccessful), must entail substantial revisions of the original proposal taking account of reviewers’ comments and further advances within the relevant field of expertise. The Faculty may reject re-submissions that do not include substantial revisions.

Applications should be addressed to: Pzfdrvacatures@maastrichtuniversity.nl. Only an application with all the above mentioned required documents will be assessed.

Please mention the vacancy number AT2020.365.

For further information, please contact Patrick van Eijs, policy adviser for research (tel. 0031-43-3882027, email).

Assessment criteria

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 Maastricht Faculty of Law research programme;

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

Time schedule

15 March 2021, 23.59

Closing date submission of applications

Early April 2021

Applicants are informed whether they are invited for an interview

End of April 2021


Early May 2021

Final decision by the Faculty Board


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