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The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law is pleased to announce the opening of a competition for the Polonia Scholarship, funded by a private gift to the Lauterpacht Centre. This scholarship is open to scholars of Polish and Israeli citizenship, especially those who are in the early years of their career.

It is intended to support the costs of a research visit at the Lauterpacht Centre in 2020. Please note that there is one scholarship only to be awarded from among all applications.

The scholarship is worth £2,000 (GBP) and is intended to support the costs of the Centre fee, accommodation, maintenance, insurance, visa application, and travel incurred during a 4-13 week research visit at the Lauterpacht Centre. Any costs incurred in excess of the value of the scholarship are the responsibility of the candidate.

The scholarship must be used during the 2020 calendar year. The dates of the scholarship period need to fall within the Centre’s standard acceptance periods for visitors (based on academic terms and a summer research period), as agreed with the Lauterpacht Centre’s Administrator. The candidate is required to stay in Cambridge and carry out his/her research for the whole scholarship period. The candidate is responsible for making his/her own travel, insurance and accommodation arrangements (assistance may be available for the University’s Accommodation Service).


Candidates must comply with the following:

  • Have Polish or Israeli citizenship.
  • Be fluent in English.
  • Be graduates of a Polish or Israeli university, respectively (candidates should hold a degree at the time of the application), and preferably already hold a PhD from a Polish or Israeli institution.
  • Be faculty members or associated on a permanent basis with a university or another well-established academic/research institution dealing with international law in Poland or Israel, respectively.
  • Specify a project on some aspect of public or private international law (not including European law) on which they will work during their visit at the Lauterpacht Centre. Preferably, the project should be published as a result of the visit.
  • Produce a report of the candidate’s work in English at the end of his/her scholarship period.

How to apply

Applications should consist of the following documents:

  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae (CV).
  • A sufficiently detailed (2-4 pages) description of the project the candidate intends to work on whilst at the Centre.
  • Two letters of reference.

All documents should be provided in English. The letters of reference should be sent by post or e-mail directly by the referees. Both the application and references must be received by the date of the deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Preference will be given to candidates who have not yet been to the Centre.

Applications should be sent to Dr Joanna Gomula by e-mail at or by post to Dr Joanna Gomula, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, 5-7 Cranmer Road, Cambridge CB3 9BL.

Deadline: Monday 16 September 2019

The deadline for applications, including the letters of reference, is 16 September 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Receipt of applications sent by e-mail will be acknowledged, if so requested by candidates, but only the successful candidate will be contacted by the Lauterpacht Centre.

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the Director of the Lauterpacht Centre. The successful candidate must use his/her scholarship in 2020. If the successful candidate cannot use his/her scholarship in 2020 for whatever reason, another suitable candidate from among the applicants may be awarded the scholarship.

The standard Terms and Conditions for Visiting Fellows and Visiting Scholars at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law will apply to the Polonia Scholarship holder. The award of the Polonia Scholarship will be conditional on accepting these conditions by the scholarship holder.