Visiting Scholars

The Visiting Fellowship programme enables researchers to spend a period of time at one of the faculties associated with the Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM).

Applications are invited from any scholar whose research is innovative, interdisciplinary and places a focus on CERiM’s central theme on ‘Reshaping Europe in a Globalising World’. Applications are particularly welcomed from scholars whose interests complement the research of CERiM members. CERiM also welcomes applications from people with experience in government, international organisations or civil society (Fellows in Practice).

As part of their Visiting Fellowship, scholars and practitioners are expected to play an active part in contributing to the intellectual life of CERiM. In particular, they are expected to present a seminar paper or public lecture, produce written outputs, including a CERiM Working Paper, and where appropriate a blog or op-ed, and to interact with CERiM members and the wider scholarly community at CERiM’s associated faculties.

Applications will be considered by the CERiM directors in the first instance in order to be nominated to the Boards of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) or to the Faculty of Law (FoL).

  • Duration: Fellowships will normally run for a maximum of three months (minimum duration four weeks).
  • Status:  Visiting Fellows have access to the facilities of Maastricht University (UM) including the Library, and will be provided with an UM login and email address. Fellows will have access to office space.
  • Funding: Visiting Fellowships are unremunerated. Successful applicants are expected to have arranged their own source of funding and accommodation prior to applying.
  • Fellowships at FoL: Visiting Fellowships at the Faculty of Law are free of charge.
  • Fellowships at FASoS: FASoS requires the payment of a bench fee of €400 per month. CERiM covers the bench fee and in addition offers up to €1000 towards research or travel expenses for visiting fellows based at FASoS. More information on fellowships at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences can be found here.
  • Accommodation and visas: CERiM is not able to make any arrangements for living accommodation or visa applications.
  • Deadlines: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but must be submitted at least six months prior to the intended starting date of the fellowship.


Applicants should submit an application form and CV (3-pages max, to include educational and professional background and a list of publications) to CERiM directors Prof Andrea Ott and Dr Giselle Bosse ( PhD candidates must also submit proof of English language proficiency and a letter of recommendation by the PhD supervisor of the home institution.

Selection criteria will include:

  • Strength of the application
  • Experience or potential of the candidate
  • Contribution to CERiM
  • Availability of space and resources


  • Download FASOS Visiting Scholar Procedure

    FASOS Visiting Scholar Procedure

    Application Form for Visiting Scholars

  • Alina Nychyk

  • Alina Nychyk is a PhD Candidate in Politics at the University of Manchester. Her research looks at Ukraine’s strategic decision-making in relations with Russia and the EU during the first year of the conflict in Ukraine. Alina has Bachelor Degree in International Economics from Kyiv National Economic University and Master Degree in International Economic Relations from Wroclaw University of Economics (both with the highest distinctions). As an exchange student, she has studied at Gazi University in Ankara and at Goethe University in Frankfurt on Main. Alina’s current research interests are: foreign policy decision-making, Ukraine’s foreign policy, EU-Ukraine relations, conflict in Ukraine.

    Alina gained diverse experience in international companies (Hewlett Packard, Dreberis consulting), NGOs (Polish Forum of Young Diplomats, Ukraine Democracy Initiative, Promote Ukraine) and European institutions (European Commission and European Parliament). Apart from her research work, Alina is a social activist, dealing with women’s empowerment, democracy and EU-Ukraine integration. Currently, she is a Board Member of Professional Government of Ukraine. Alina has publications at university papers, analytical journals and newspapers. She speaks Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, English and German.


  • Liridon Lika

  • Liridon Lika, PhD, is a lecturer and researcher at the Center for International Relations Studies (CEFIR) of the Department of Political Science of the University of Liège (ULiège) in Belgium. He is also a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) of the University of Maastricht in Netherlands. 
    Liridon Lika was born in 1985 in the Republic of Kosovo, where he completed his primary and much of his secondary education. Since 2002, he has been living in Belgium. He has dual nationality: Kosovar and Belgian.
    He obtained a bachelor degree in Political Science and a master degree in Political Science, option International Relations at ULiège. He also got an advanced master degree in Interdisciplinary Analysis of European integration at the Institute for European Studies (ISE) of the Free University of Brussels (ULB). In 2020, at ULiège, he defended his doctoral thesis in Political Science: International Relations.
    His research focuses on Western Balkan states (in particular Kosovo and Albania), EU external action, EU enlargement towards the Western Balkans and the foreign policy of the emerging powers towards the Western Balkans. 

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