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Doctoral Program

HR-UP’s joint interdisciplinary doctoral program’s main goal is to enable young researchers to make significant progress towards completion of their individual research projects independently within three years, with generous scholarships and supported by continuous individualized supervision provided by bi-national teams of supervisors and advisors. Furthermore, it is intended to convey expertise in the theoretical foundations of human rights and the different methodological approaches to human rights research in the various disciplines involved, at an advanced level. Interdisciplinary courses will promote a fruitful academic exchange between the disciplines and provide a forum for young researchers to present their preliminary research findings and to engage with accomplished, cutting-edge researchers. Additional qualification measures will enable the doctoral and postdoctoral candidates to broaden their expertise beyond their individual projects and to vest them with skills necessary to conduct their doctoral and post-doctoral research, write their theses properly and successfully, present research findings at international conferences and publish them in international journals or edited volumes. Furthermore, a compulsory mobility phase will contribute to the intercultural experience essential for a participation in HR-UP and further encourage young researchers to build up their own research cooperation and international networks. Elements of the program will assist participants interested in pursuing non-academic career paths related to human rights in developing skills and professional networking.