April 2017

1. Odysseus Summer School 2017

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​Places for the 17th edition of our Summer School on EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policy are filling up quickly, so make sure to secure your spot as soon as possible. More information, including the new brochure (available in English // disponible en français), is available on our website.
The Summer School has been designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the immigration and asylum policy of the EU from a legal perspective. Participants in the Summer School typically include PhD and graduate students, researchers, EU and Member State officials, representatives of NGOs and International Organisations, lawyers, judges, social workers and more. This diverse environment provides ample opportunity to network among a group of around one hundred fellow participants specialised in the area of asylum and immigration coming from all over Europe.

In addition to the classes, evening debates and visits to the European Institutions, the course provides an excellent opportunity to spend an intellectually stimulating fortnight in Brussels, capital of the European Union. A unique environment that facilitates participants’ deeper engagement with the EU institutions!
For more information about the Summer School, and to apply, visit our website. The deadline for applications is 10 June 2017.


1.a PhD Seminar with 4 Grants - Séminaire doctoral avec 4 bourses

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A PhD Seminar offers up to 10 doctoral researchers the opportunity to present their PhD project and receive feedback from a panel of Odysseus Network’s Members from various European universities and possibly one high-level practitioner attending the Summer School. The PhD Seminar is aimed at researchers in law, but applications from researchers in political science or international relations dealing with legal aspects are welcome. The sessions are in English, but may be organised in French upon request.

The PhD Seminar will only be open to those participating in the entire programme of the Summer School, and selected doctoral researchers must therefore register for the Summer School and pay the PhD students’ fee. It will provide an additional 10 to 15 hours of special sessions reserved exclusively to the selected participants.

Four grants are available for PhD students and will be attributed on the basis of academic record and financial need. The grants cover the Summer School fee (with the exception of the €200 registration fee) as well as travel and accommodation costs.
The closing date for applications is 5 May 2017. More information is available here.

1.b Scholarships for Refugees - Bourses de soutien pour réfugiés

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This initiative is conceived as a response to the current asylum situation in Europe, and aims to provide a number of refugees with an opportunity to gain knowledge in the field of European immigration and asylum law. It intends also to help refugees to engage with European academics and to continue their studies which may have been interrupted due to forced departure from their home country.

Due to a crowdfunding campaign, we hope to be able to fund like last year the full participation of around ten participants who hold refugee or subsidiary protection status in Europe. The funds cover registration fees and transportation costs, accommodation and living expenses for the entire duration of the Summer School.

The deadline for applying is  9 June 2017.
Please consult our website for the eligibility criteria and the application process.


2. The 2017 Odysseus Network Prizes

The Odysseus Academic Network recognises outstanding academic research in the area of Immigration or Asylum Law with two annual prizes. The Early Career Prize is awarded to one author for excellent work published within three years of the defense of a PhD. The Best Publication Prize recognises an outstanding contribution to the field by a more experienced researcher or professor. Applications from all European countries are considered. In each prize category, €1000 is awarded to the winner. The winners for the 2016 prizes were Cathryn Costello from Oxford, Marie-Benedicte Dembour from Brighton, and Violeta Moreno-Lax from Queen Mary University London.

Eligibility criteria:
  • The deadline to apply is 30 June 2017;
  • Publications in all EU languages are eligible;
  • The publication must focus on European issues in Immigration or Asylum Law;
  • The submitted work for the 2017 prize must have been published between 01/01/2016 and  31/12/2016;
  • The early career researcher's submission must have been published within three years of the defense of the PhD.  

Please see our website for more information and further conditions or contact us at 

​We are looking forward to your submission!

3. Vacancies

Research and Programme Assistant (OMNIA Project)

The Odysseus Academic Network is seeking to recruit urgently a young graduate or professional to fill a remunerated traineeship position as Research and Project Assistant for the OMNIA project. The position will be based in Brussels at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and is remunerated with a salary of €751 per month in the framework of a contract for vocational training under Belgian law. As Odysseus is a university network, applicants interested in academia are strongly encouraged to apply.
The OMNIA traineeship will start preferably on 1 May or instead on 15 May 2017, lasting for minimum 6 months, with the successful candidate joining the OMNIA Project team as a Research and Project Assistant.

Research Assistant (EMN)

The Odysseus Academic Network is seeking to recruit urgently a young graduate or professional in Law to fill a remunerated traineeship position as Research Assistant for the European Migration Network (EMN). The position will be based in Brussels at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and is remunerated with a salary of €751 per month in the framework of a contract for vocational training under Belgian law. Applicants especially interested in academia and research are strongly encouraged to apply.
The EMN traineeship will last from 15 May or 1 June to 15 November or December 2017 (6 to 7 months), with the successful candidate joining the Odysseus team as Research Assistant. The trainee will work as part of the Odysseus team, consisting of six people in total, under the direct supervision of Prof. Philippe DE BRUYCKERApplicants are expected to commit to stay for the entire period of the traineeship.

​For more information about the positions and application procedure, visit the Odysseus Network website:

You can find more information about our team here.​