1. What kind of research stays are supported by scholarships?

The SEE | EU Cluster of Excellence Scholarships offered within the DAAD funded thematic network ʼSEE | EU Cluster of Excellence in European and International Lawʼ finance research stays for professors and Ph.D. candidates from Germany to partner faculties from the South Eastern Europe and from the SEE to the Europa-Institut of Saarland University.

  1. Who is eligible to apply for the scholarship?

Eligible to apply for the SEE | EU Cluster of Excellence Scholarship are Ph.D. candidates enrolled in and professors (assistant, associate and full professors) employed at one of the Cluster partner faculties. The scholarship holders’ research proposals and topics for the research stay must be within the European and International Law area.

  1. Are research stays among the partner faculties of the SEE supported by scholarships?

The SEE | EU Cluster of Excellence Scholarships financially supports only the mobility and research stays from the SEE to Germany and vice versa. Research stays among the partner faculties of the SEE are very welcome but not financially supported by the SEE | EU Cluster of Excellence Scholarship.

  1. What does my scholarship encompass and which costs does it cover?

The SEE | EU Cluster of Excellence Scholarships offer lump sums for accommodation costs as well as lump sums for travel costs. The accommodation lump sums vary from the status of the scholarship holder (professor or Ph.D. candidate). Different lump sums for travel costs are due to various countries of origin both for professors and for Ph.D. candidates. No additional funds are available. Lump sums are prescribed by the DAAD and cannot be changed.

  1. How long are the research stays?

Research stays for Ph.D. candidates are foreseen for one month whereas research stays for professors are foreseen for 15 days.

  1. Can my research stay be extended?

No. No additional funds are available which could support longer research stays than the ones foreseen. Scholarship holders may extend their research stays on their own expenses if the capacity of the incoming institution allows it.

  1. May I reapply for the scholarship if I already had it?

In order to be able to support the largest number of professors and Ph.D. candidates from both Germany and the SEE partners, former scholarship holders should not be eligible to be granted a scholarship in the upcoming calls for applications. Exemptions can be considered under certain circumstances.

 

Scholarship Application Procedure

  1.  How does the application process look like?

The application documents should be sent to see-eu-cluster [at] europainstitut [dot] de. All applications are forwarded to the Steering Committee which is composed of professors from each of the partner institutions. The Steering Committee will choose among the best candidates and grant scholarships.

  1. Which documents are to be submitted for the application?

A CV (2 pages), a letter of motivation (1 page) and a research proposal for the research stay (1 page) are to be submitted for the application. Please submit a max. 5 pages in one Pdf document.

  1. Who is the responsible contact person at my faculty?

Europa-Institut, Saarland University:
Mareike Fröhlich, see-eu-cluster [at] europainstitut [dot] de

Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade: Doc. Dr. Bojana Čučković,  Doc. Dr. Maja Lukić

Faculty of Law, University of Montenegro: Dr. Nikola Dožić

Faculty of Law, University of Sarajevo: Prof. Dr. Meliha Povlakić, Mag. Iur. Selma Mezetović Međić

Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Iustinianus Primus Faculty of Law: Ass. Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Spasov

Faculty of Law, University of Tirana: Dr. Erjon Muharremaj

Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb: Dr. Ivana Kanceljak

Centre for SEELS: Tamara Bushtreska, coordinator [at] seelawschool [dot] org

  1. Which are the selection criteria?

Academic record, suitability of the topic and research proposal, English language knowledge (language of the faculty of destination is an advantage).

  1. How does it work after I have been selected for the scholarship?

After you have been selected by the Steering Committee project coordinators from the Europa-Institut will contact you and inform you about the selection. You will obtain a Letter of Award and a Declaration of Acceptance. You have been officially and bindingly awarded the SEE | EU Cluster of Excellence Scholarship the moment your filled in and signed Declaration of Acceptance is submitted to the email address see-eu-cluster [at] europainstitut [dot] de.

After the receipt of your Declaration of Acceptance the necessary organizational and administrative steps will be undertaken. In case you obtained a scholarship for a research stay at the Europa-Institut the project coordinators from Saarbrücken will be your contact persons. In case that you were granted a scholarship for a research stay at one of the partner institutions in the SEE, project coordinators from the Europa-Institut will refer you to the person in charge at the partner institution.

 

General Information on the Research Stay at the Europa-Institut of Saarland University

  1.  Since I do not speak German, would a research stay at the Europa-Institut make sense for me? How are the research possibilities at the Europa-Institut?

The library of the Europa-Institut, as a special library for literature in European and International Law, as well as the faculty library and the university library are equipped not only with German literature but also with a big collection of English books as well as with literature on many other foreign languages. We have access to the main databases and we participate in the inter-library loan so that we are able to get all necessary publications. The library of the Europa-Institut serves also as an official EDC (European Documentation Center) of the European Union. It contains over 60.000 printed resources and it is an up to date and a user friendly library. The literature is freely accessible and sorted systematically according to subject area in the Systematic Catalogue. The available books are listed in the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) of Saarland University and State Library. In addition to classic information sources, you will have access to the main legal online databases, e-books, library catalogues and master’ theses. Thus, even for the ones not speaking German a research stay at the Europa-Institut would be very valuable.

Furthermore, both the academic and administrative staff of the Europa-Institut is fluent in English. Therefore, there will be no communication obstacles.

  1. What will be offered at the Europa-Institut and what may I expect?

At the beginning of your stay at the Europa-Institut you will be offered an introduction on the research facilities and research possibilities at the Europa-Institut and the Saarland University.

During your research stay a working place at the Europa-Institut will be secured for you either in one of the reading rooms or at one of the PCs in the library of the Europa-Institut. You will have access to the materials offered by the other libraries of the Saarland University as well, in case you would be interested in any of their materials.

At the very beginning of your stay, you will be introduced to the academic staff of the Institut so as to be enabled to exchange academically and personally during your research stay in Saarbrücken.

Furthermore, you may attend the lectures of the LL.M. programme offered at the Europa-Institut during your research stay if you are interested. Academic staff of the Institut encompasses very well renowned professors and practitioners from all over the world. The updated schedule of lectures is available under http://www.europainstitut.de/index.php?id=269&L=1

  1. Are there any possibilities to copy and scan materials during my research stay?

The library of the Europa-Institut as well as the libraries of the Faculty of Law and the State and University Library have facilities for both copying and scanning materials. Upon your arrival in Saarbrücken you will obtain a rechargeable card for the copying purposes. Scanning is free of charge at all the libraries.

  1. Will I have a PC and internet access at my disposal during my research stay at the Europa-Institut?

Upon your arrival at the Europa-Institut you will obtain an identification enabling your own devices to connect to the campus internet provider. Furthermore, the library of the Europa-Institut has a computer area where you may use one of the available computers for your research.

  1. When may I come for my research stay to the Europa-Institut?

Research stays at the Europa-Institut may be conducted throughout the year from 2nd/3rd week of January until 2nd/3rd week of December each year, depending on the capacities of the Institut. It is recommended to come for a research stay during the semester in order to benefit from the lectures of the LL.M. programme and the academic exchange among the staff and professors.

  1. Is there anything I could / should do in order to prepare my research stay at the Europa-Institut after I have been granted a scholarship and before arriving at the Institut?

As already mentioned, all the available books you may use during your research stay are listed in the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) of Saarland University and State Library. It is highly recommended, if you need a specific book for your research to check in advance in the OPAC catalogue (http://www.sulb.uni-saarland.de/en/suchen/opac-svk/) whether it is available at the Saarland University.

If the book you need is not available in OPAC, feel free to inform the project coordinators which book it is. That way the book could be pre-ordered through inter-library loan system from another German library and could be at your disposal at the beginning of your research stay already.

 

Organizational Issues Connected to my Research Stay at the Europa-Institut

  1. When will I obtain my scholarship?

Upon your arrival in Saarbrücken you will obtain the amount of your scholarship in cash.

  1. How will I find accommodation and organize my trip to Saarbrücken after I received the scholarship?

Project coordinators of the Europa-Institut will assist you in finding accommodation in Saarbrücken and may as well help you while organizing your trip.

The coordinators of the Europa-Institut will try to help you arranging accommodation in university guest houses located around the city, as the most suitable and affordable option. For more info on accommodation in Univerisity’s guest houses click here: Info Sheet on University Guest Hauses

As further options consider following, however you would have to organize you accommodation there on your own, as we as a university cannot :

www.airbnb.com private accommodation offers

www.djh-info.de Europa-Jugendherberge (hostel)

www.ibis.com Ibis Budget Hotel

www.couchsurfing.org (private persons offering a couch to sleep over)

www.weller-hotel.de Private accommodation Weller

www.hotel-schlosskrug.de Hotel Schlosskrug

For sharing an apartment try:

www.wg-gesucht.de

www.studenten-wg.de

www.easywg.de

www.zwischenmiete.de

www.immonet.de

www.studenten-wohnung.de

www.studentenwohnungsmarkt.de

  1. Where is the Europa-Institut located and how do I reach it?

Europa-Institut is located at the campus of the Saarland University. The campus is situated in the forest and is a small “city” itself with coffee shops, supermarket, bookstore, fast food, bank, hairdresser etc.

In order to reach the university and the Europa-Institut you will have to use public transport.

Several tickets are available which enable you to use public transport within Saarbrücken: one-way ticket (Einzelfahrkarte – 2,60€), daily ticket for one person (Tageskarte – 5,70€), week ticket-valid from Monday to Monday 12h next week (Wochenkarte – 19,00€); month ticket-valid from 1st in the month until 1st next month (MOnatskarte – 61,20€). More about the tickets available in German and French under http://www.saarvv.de/tickets-und-preise.html?L=bqncdcsdzqouog.

Tickets for public transport may be purchased at the machines on each tram station or during the week at the office of the public transport service in Nassauer Strasse 2-4 https://www.google.de/maps/place/Saarbahn+Service+Center/@49.2355603,6.9938838,18z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x4795b6a7fdf4facb:0x991e5733fa4f03c5!2sDudweilerstra%C3%9Fe+7,+66111+Saarbr%C3%BCcken!3b1!8m2!3d49.2352941!4d6.9953524!3m4!1s0x4795b6a800ce81cd:0x9c9b885e532e5650!8m2!3d49.235205!4d6.9976613 

In case you want to purchase any of the tickets at a machine, please follow the described procedure: first press the button choosing the type of the ticket you wish (weekly, month etc), afterwards fill in 111 as “Wabe” (it is the area of the validity of you ticket), afterwards put in the money

  1. Does the university campus have a mensa or are there any other means of providing meals at the campus?

The campus has its own mensa with several different meals offered each day (also for vegetarians). Furthermore, there is a fast food, a coffee shop offering sandwiches and salads, as well as Ausländer Caffee, Juristen Caffee and Philo Caffee all offering warm meals on daily basis.