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Call for Applicants: Witteveen Memorial Fellowship in Law and Humanities

In 2014, Tilburg University established the annual Witteveen Memorial Fellowship in Law and Humanities in order to commemorate the life and work of prof. Willem Witteveen. The fellowship aims to enable a junior scholar (PhD or postdoc level) to develop her or his research in the field of law and humanities during a visit to Tilburg. The fellowship seeks to promote research on the relations between law and language, rhetoric, narrative, image, sound, and/or culture.

During the period of the fellowship the scholar will be present at Tilburg Law School, participate in the academic life of both Tilburg Law School and the Tilburg School of Humanities, and deliver a guest lecture to students. Any publications resulting from the fellowship should mention the Witteveen Memorial Fellowship in Law and Humanities. 

Scholars who are currently working on a PhD dissertation (at least in the third year of their PhD trajectory) or who obtained their PhD within the last five years are eligible.

The Witteveen Memorial Fellow will have office space and facilities at Tilburg Law School, as well as full library access. We offer reimbursement of travel expenses and accommodation expenses (max. 5,250 Euro). The Witteveen Memorial Fellowship does not constitute an employment relationship. For this reason, Tilburg Law School will not pay salary and will not make social insurance contributions or contributions to pension or unemployment insurance. Fellows will need to find their own accommodation.

In principle, the Witteveen Memorial Fellow in Law and Humanities will be at Tilburg Law School for the duration of three months in the spring following the application deadline. Candidates are welcome to propose a different period. In case the fellow will visit for  less than three months, the maximum amount to be reimbursed will be proportionately lower. If the fellow’s visit will be longer, the total amount to be reimbursed remains 5,250 euro.

Professor Willem Witteveen (1952-2014) was an early representative of the interdisciplinary and contextual approach to legal scholarship in the Netherlands. Whereas the emphasis of this approach has often been on the social sciences, Willem’s focus was on intersections between law and the humanities. Willem’s many contributions to academia, politics and society combined rhetoric, literary analysis, political philosophy and intellectual and cultural history. In his teaching, Willem embraced  the classic Bildungsideal, and put textual interpretation at the heart of his classes. He fostered an academic environment that revolved around thinking and discussing.

You can apply here. The application deadline is November 15. The previous fellows are at this site. For further information, you can contact Michiel Bot at michiel.bot@tilburguniversity.edu, or Vanessa Mak at vanessa.mak@tilburguniversity.edu.