The United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) offers professors, researchers and other professionals with a background in regional integration the opportunity to spend a research period in Bruges. Visiting researchers may conduct their own research on a topic related to the academic research programmes of the Institute, or contribute to the training and capacity-building initiatives linked to the broad area of regional integration.
Applications to Research Visits must include:
- A ten-page project proposal in the area of regional integration;
- A letter of intent;
- A brief curriculum vitae.
The basic criteria for selection are:
- Significance of the proposed research, including the importance and originality of the project;
- Academic quality of the proposal in definition, organisation, clarity, and scope;
- Relevance of the project to UNU-CRIS research activities and/or capacity-building programme.
UNU-CRIS particularly welcomes projects that reflect an inter-disciplinary, prospective and comparative approach to research. In addition, projects that hold relevance in terms of policy-making or capacity-building in the area of regionalism and regional integration.
Visiting Scholars Responsibilities
Visiting researchers are “scholars in residence” who participate in the activities of UNU-CRIS. They are expected to contribute to the research activities of the Institute and to take part in seminars, workshops, conferences and other events, including informal briefings and roundtable discussions. Besides, visiting researchers are expected to present their work at one of the research brunches bringing together the researchers of the Institute. Finally, they must demonstrate academic development through publications.
Facilities and Services
Visiting researchers are assigned office space, computer facilities and access to the libraries of UNU-CRIS and the College of Europe. In addition, Bruges’ favourable location close to Brussels provides direct access to the seat of the European Union and other international organizations, as well as a number of universities and research centres based in the Belgian capital.
Although visiting researchers are required to arrange their own travel, housing and health insurance, UNU-CRIS will provide advice to help facilitate the search process. There is no stipend attached to the position of visiting researcher, but travel costs incurred by the attendance of any UNU-CRIS related events are reimbursed.
Visiting Researchers are welcome to stay at UNU-CRIS from a minimum period of three months up to one year.