FAQ

How do I apply?

You can apply here! We only accept applications once a year. The deadline each year is towards the end of summer for start in the February of the following year; the actual deadline will be given well in advance on the website. Please do not send us CVs throughout the year as we do not accept candidates except through the formal application process.

What does the three-year programme look like for a researcher?

The programme begins for each researcher with the core curriculum; this takes four months and takes place at one of the participating institutions. The location of the curriculum rotates between these institutions. The remainder of the first year of the programme is spent at the institution of the first supervisor.

The second year begins with skills training within the core curriculum. During the second year, all researchers will conduct their fieldwork; the duration of the fieldwork is no less than three months and no more than nine months. The remainder of the year will be spent at one of the supervising institutions.

The third year begins with a short period of further skills training. The remainder of this year is spent at the second supervising institution.

What is Law & Development?

Law & Development is a multi-disciplinary field exploring the impact of and use of law in the development context. It is not an area of the law focused on the development of law. It is also not synonymous with international law; nor is it a field of study limited to human rights.

What if I am not able, for family or other reasons, to move around so frequently?

Mobility is at the core of the EDOLAD programme as part of our commitment to work towards the creation of a European Research Area. That said, we wish to encourage and support candidates with families, particularly women, in accessing our programme. While it is not possible to take out all the mobility from the programme, we are certainly open to discussing how participation in the programme could work for those with restrictions on their mobility. If you would like to apply but think the required level of mobility will be difficult for you, please contact us to discuss it.

Do I need to attend the core curriculum?

Yes – it is a key part of the EDOLAD programme and only in the most special of circumstances will researchers be permitted to skip part of it.

Is it compulsory to have two supervisors?

Yes. EDOLAD is based upon pooling knowledge and expertise across the partners and on the mobility for researchers that co-supervision entails.

What is a joint doctoral degree?

A joint doctoral degree is a degree awarded, jointly, by more than one institution. The EDOLAD degree is jointly awarded to each researcher by the two institutions responsible for their supervision; for example, where an EDOLAD researcher’s two supervisors are located at the University of Edinburgh and Oslo University that researcher’s doctoral degree will be awarded by these two institutions jointly. All EDOLAD degrees are awarded within the framework of the EDOLAD programme and are endorsed by all partners.

Is a joint doctoral degree worth less than a degree from a single institution?

No! A joint doctoral degree enjoys the same level of recognition as any doctoral degree awarded by any single institution. What a joint degree offers is a greater degree of flexibility on the labour market as it denotes that the researcher has experience of working in multiple academic cultures.

Do I qualify for a grant?

Doctoral study is expensive and EDOLAD offers a number of its own scholarships. In addition, there are a variety of external scholarship possibilities. See here for more information. It is important to check the deadlines for scholarships carefully as the timings can vary widely and to apply in good time.

Can I self-finance participation in the programme?

It is possible to finance your own participation in the EDOLAD programme. If you are considering this as an option, please contact us for the up-to-date cost of programme participation. You will need to provide proof of your ability to finance all three years of the programme.

What language requirements are there for admission to the programme?

The programme language is English. All tuition and all communication is in English. Applicants must demonstrate a high level of English competence; precise information on the standards required can be found under Apply. Researchers are encouraged to expand their language skills during the programme, however, and language competence is a criteria for admission where it is necessary for the fieldwork component of the research proposal.

Should I contact potential supervisors as part of my application?

You are welcome to contact potential supervisors at the participating institutions to ask whether they might, in principle, be interested in supervising your research. You can find information on the faculty members within the EDOLAD consortium here. It is not, however, a requirement. Successful applicants will have plenty of time to arrange supervision once admitted to the programme. You should bear in mind that we receive lots of such emails from all over the world and a non-committal response does not mean that there is no place for you within the EDOLAD programme; we are simply unlikely to commit to supervise a research project in the abstract.

Does a supervisor need to endorse my research proposal before I can apply?

No. You do not need to contact any potential supervisors before you have been selected for the programme. Your research proposal is something that you should prepare yourself – we are interested in your creativity.

I do not have a law degree. Can I still apply?

Yes, we welcome applications from other, related, disciplines, such as sociology or anthropology. That said, EDOLAD is a Law & Development programme and you will be expected to make an effort to get to grips with law and legal thinking and to take it seriously on its own terms. You will be assisted in this by the core curriculum.

Does the programme focus on particular research topics?

The programme is dedicated to Law & Development, broadly conceived. We are not limited to particular topics, such as women in development or human rights. Moreover, the programme is open to different approaches to development i.e. it is not committed to a rights-based approach or any other single approach.