Scholarship for the Legal Training Program



Deadline: 10 January 2017

Please note that the current call is closed. We cannot accept any scholarship applications, and there is no set date for a future call.


The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) and the Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung, a foundation working to secure educational justice, recognize that starting a career in international human rights work can sometimes require more just having the requisite passion, motivation and skills. There can be certain barriers to entry into the profession that go against the spirit of our work, i.e. when economic or social considerations prevent potential participants from taking part in our programs.


With this in mind, the Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung scholarship for ECCHR’s Legal Training Program offers young people with limited financial means and/or from underrepresented geographic and social backgrounds the chance to gain professional experience in human rights work.


This is the second call for scholarship applications from ECCHR and the Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung. In the first round of applications scholarships were awarded to six candidates from Costa Rica, Germany, Greece, Kenya, Germany/Egypt and Romania. We have found our work together to be very enriching experience and we look forward to the next round of applications.    


Who can apply?


The call for applications is aimed at students and young professionals (max one year after graduation) who wish to apply for ECCHR’s Legal Training Program but whose personal and financial situation would make it impossible to participate on an unpaid basis. If this does not reflect your situation, we would ask you to refrain from applying for this scholarship.


The scholarship is open to all nationalities. For non-EU citizens the final acceptance is dependent on the issuance of the appropriate visa.


We expressly encourage applications from candidates from the Global South as well as refugees and others with a migration background. For refugees there is flexibility regarding the requirement that applicants must have graduated in the past year.


What form does the scholarship take?


Duration: Scholarships are generally granted for six month full-time internship (40 hours per week). Weekly working hours may in some cases be adjusted according to the availability of the candidate.


Starting dates: Starting dates can be arranged between 1 April and 1 December 2017. Please note the application deadlines (below). The International Crimes and Accountability Program welcome in particular applications from candidates available to start in April 2017.


Payment: ECCHR hires scholarship holders as interns who are employed through ECCHR and receive a gross monthly wage of €1,550 (minus tax and social security deductions).


For scholarship holders from abroad the Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung will also make a once-off payment for return travel costs from the country of residence to Berlin and any visa costs that arise.


Accommodation: we cannot provide accommodation but are happy to give some advice on finding accommodation in Berlin.


Scholarship sponsor: The Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung is offering six scholarships for this round of applications. Scholarship holders will also be in contact with the Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung and will keep them updated on their experience with ECCHR.


What are the professional requirements?


Applicants should have the following knowledge and experience:


Education: Ongoing or completed degree in law and/or another relevant subject area. Applicants may set out the relevance of their education history in more detail in their letter of motivation. 


Knowledge: All applicants should have a fundamental understanding of human rights and some experience in dealing with human rights topics. Program-specific background knowledge is also important: 


Business and Human Rights: Good knowledge of international debates on the topic of business and human rights and of legal action against companies on a national level.


International Crimes and Accountability: Good understanding of international criminal law (incl. extraterritorial cases at national level) as well as the current legal and political debates on international criminal jurisdiction. Background knowledge of sexualized violence in international criminal law is a plus.


Migration: Good knowledge of European and public international law as well as the relevant fundamentals of refugee law, ideally also practical experience in migration law or refugee protection.


Languages: Excellent written and spoken English is required. German language skills are desirable but not required. Other languages are a plus (e.g. Spanish, Arabic, Russian and French – depending on current projects).


How to apply?


The scholarship application should be submitted along with the application for participation in the Legal Training Program.


To apply please e-mail the following documents as PDFs:


  1. ECCHR application form including letter of motivation, case analysis and scholarship application (download from our website) with the file name 1_LastName_application
  1. CV with the file name 2_LastName_CV


Applications should include only these required documents and no further transcripts, references or work samples.


Applications can be submitted in German or English; no advantage or disadvantage arises from the choice of language. Applications in other languages cannot be processed.


Please send completed applications to:


What are the application deadlines?


The next deadline for applications is 10 January 2017.


You can expect a response within five weeks.


Interviews will likely be held by telephone/skype in the period from 23.01 to 06.02.2017.


Future calls for applications will be announced on our website and in our newsletter.



Please note that for applicants from outside the EU we require a period of at least three months between acceptance into the program and the start of the internship to make the necessary formal arrangements.




Marie Badarne, Coordinator, Education Program


Phone: +49 (0)30 40607157