Call for applications - PhD Scholarship in AI and Human Rights in Migration Asylum Governance in Europe

One three-year scholarship to pursue a full-time PhD in the field of AI and Human Rights in Migration Asylum Governance in Europe starting from March 2022.

The Centre for Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School, Berlin, is seeking applications for a PhD candidate. The successful candidate will be enrolled in the Doctoral Programme in Governance at the Hertie School and will be part of the research project Algorithmic Fairness for Asylum-Seekers and Refugees (AFAR), a collaborative project launched in autumn 2021 and led by Cathryn Costello, Professor of Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School and Co-Director of the School's Centre for Fundamental Rights.

The successful candidate will work on a research proposal within the AFAR themes, examining the legality and fairness of the use of AI in migration and asylum governance in Europe define her own research idea and project within the AFAR project. The disciplinary focus should be law, broadly understood to include legal doctrinal research, normative legal theory and / or socio-legal approaches. The PhD project should focus on one or more key areas where these new technologies are being used, (1) access to asylum, (2) refugee status determination or asylum processing, (3) refugee-focused family reunification. We welcome project proposals that investigate the legality of the use of AI under EU and human rights law, in particular with a focus on fair procedures.

AFAR is a collaborative project drawing from expertise in law, data science, refugee studies, and political science. A relevant educational background and/or experience in one of these fields is necessary, in particular in law. As part of an interdisciplinary team, the PhD is expected to work in close collaboration within research partners based at the University of Oxford, University of Copenhagen, European University Institute, and the University of Zagreb. The PhD researcher will form part of a larger research team based at the Hertie School that incorporates legal and data science expertise.

The Hertie School in Berlin prepares doctoral candidates for academic careers in leading universities or as highly-skilled professionals in the government, business, and civil society. Our doctoral education provides rigorous academic training and ample opportunity to engage with international experts and scholars.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Cathryn Costello

For additional requirements, please read the full call for application here.

The Hertie School’s PhD application portal will be open until 16 January 2022.

For information about the required application documents and how to apply see here.

For more information about Doctoral Programmes at Hertie School see here.