Admission Requirements

Formal Admission requirements

Applicants must be in possession of:

  • A master’s degree or expect to have completed a master by the moment of registration in the EDOLAD programme;
  • An earlier degree in law or other relevant disciplines to Law & Development, taking into account the applicant’s proposed field of research;
  • A high level of English language proficiency across all four areas as demonstrated by the possession of an English language certificate, either IELTS (at least 6,5) or TOEFL (iBT at least 80; CBT at least 215; or PBT at least 550).

Required Documentation

  • 1. A completed application form;
  • 2. Official copies of all diplomas and diploma supplements (transcripts /grade sheets) of the preceding study levels (both bachelor and master degrees) in the original language;
  • 3. Official translations of the diplomas and diploma supplements into English;
  • 4. A curriculum vitae (in the Europass format https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/editors/en/cv/compose);
  • 5. A copy of the passport page providing the applicant’s personal details;
  • 6. A Research Proposal
  • 7. Two confidential letters of recommendation from scholars who are familiar with the applicant’s intellectual abilities and suitability for doctoral research in the proposed field. While work-based references may be helpful in providing information on your communication abilities or the existence of the necessary networks to underpin your proposed research, they cannot replace academic references. For the letters to be confidential, they must be sent by your referees directly to the EDOLAD programme administration or the given contact in the scholarship advertisement.

To ensure that your letters arrive in time you are advised to start the process of soliciting letters of recommendation as early as possible. It is not possible to admit a candidate to the EDOLAD programme without references.

Additional documentation may be required by individual participating institutions for applications for their internal scholarships, for example a digital copy of the candidate’s master thesis.