Terms of Reference

Fellowship Programme for Academics and Scholars in Southeast Asia August – November 2014

Introduction

Through international development projects and through its various research and training initiatives, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law strives to be a meeting point for theory and practice in the implementation of human rights. To further support these efforts the Institute is offering two three month full-time fellowship targeting academics and scholars from universities and Academic Institutions in Cambodia, East Timor, Lao PDR, Myanmar or Vietnam.

The aim of the fellowship is to contribute to increased capacities of academics/scholars to undertake applied research on a human rights theme of relevance to the Southeast Asian region.

Through the fellowship, the successful candidate will get the opportunity to enhance his/her research skills in a conducive research environment where feedback and assistance can be sought from international experts in the human rights field. If relevant and found desirable, the fellow will also be given opportunities to enhance her/his knowledge and skills in human rights teaching methodology.

Funding and Facilities

The fellow will be based for the duration of the fellowship at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, Sweden, and will be provided with a stipend sufficient to cover all basic living costs in Lund.  She/he will be exposed to the Institute’s research environment at the Institute’s Academic Department and research team, as well as researchers and teachers at Lund University’s Faculty of Law. Furthermore, the fellow will be included in the activities of the Regional Asia team of the Institute’s Department of International Programmes.

Expected results

Through the fellowship it is expected that the following results would be achieved;

1)    The fellow has enhanced her/his skills in research methodology to the extent that it could directly feed into her/his research projects at her/his home institution

2)    The fellow has been given the chance to discuss her/his research with experienced academics and scholars at the Academic Department of the Institute, both in terms of research methodologies and in terms of substance,

3)    The fellow has strengthened her/his capacities to find and make efficient use of human rights resources, using physical and virtual library resources

4)    If applicable, the fellow has increase her/his knowledge and skills in human rights teaching methodology and theories of learning

5)     No later than three months after the fellowship, the fellow has to deliver (or produce) an academic paper as a direct result of the fellowship. This paper could have different formats, such as an article or report, or even being part of a larger academic undertaking or scientific production, e.g. a book’s section.

The exact structure of the fellowship will be decided by the successful candidate together with experts at the Institute. This will allow the fellowship programme to meet the specific needs and interests of the fellow and her/his home institution. A final “action plan” will be developed that will ultimately determine the structure of the programme.