Tilburg Law School

Witteveen Memorial Fellowship

Tilburg University has established the annual ‘Witteveen Memorial Fellowship in Law and Humanities’ in order to commemorate the life and work of Willem Witteveen, who died in the disaster with flight MH17 in Ukraine in July of 2014 in the company of his wife and daughter. The fellowship aims to enable a junior scholar (PhD or postdoc level) to further develop his or her research in the area of ‘Law and Humanities’ during a three-month visit to Tilburg Law School.

Professor Willem Witteveen was an early representative of the interdisciplinary and contextual approach to legal scholarship in The Netherlands and Tilburg Law School. Whereas the emphasis often is on social sciences, Willem’s focus was on law and humanities. Rhetoric, literature, political philosophy and (intellectual and cultural) history in particular were breeding grounds for Willem’s many contributions to academia, politics and society.

Tilburg University is establishing the annual Witteveen Memorial Fellowship in Law and Humanities in order to commemorate the life and work of Willem Witteveen. The fellowship wants to give a junior researcher (PhD or postdoc) who researches in the field of ‘Law and Humanities’, from Dutch or foreign origin, the opportunity to develop themselves for several months in Tilburg. Besides that, the purpose of this fellowship is to ensure research in the field of ‘Law and Humanities’ at the Tilburg University. Preferably the fellowship takes place in the spring semester, the same period as the Montesquieu Lecture, because the Lecture was very special to Willem Witteveen. The Montesquieu lector dines with the fellow and one or a few promising student(s).

The Witteveen Memorial Fellow in Law and Humanities offers the fellow reimbursement of travel expenses and accommodation expenses in case the fellow is based outside of the Netherlands. In case the fellow is based at a Dutch university we offer a replacement subsidy to his or her employer to compensate for the loss of teaching hours of the researcher as well as reimbursement of commuting costs. The fellow gets acces to TiU library, including digital sources and office and facilities at Tilburg Law School (Department of Public Law, Jurisprudence and Legal).



Application procedure


The application procedure is announced annually, in principle at the start of the fall semester, on the website of Tilburg University and academic job websites.