Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars at the College of Europe, Bruges and Natolin campus

Call for applications

The College of Europe encourages researchers interested in European studies to apply as visiting scholars. It offers a stimulating international academic environment and a Library which is highly specialized on European Union affairs.

Visiting scholars are typically professors who would like to spend their sabbatical leave at the College of Europe or senior researchers who wish to come to the College of Europe for a period of time with the objective of conducting research for a post-doctoral project. The stay at the College can be from one month up to an entire academic year.


The application letter in either English or French should be addressed to the Director of the Academic Service of the College of Europe (thierry.monforti [at] who will submit it to the Academic Council for consideration. The application should specify the motivation, research interest and preferred time of stay and be accompanied by a detailed CV. Each visiting scholar should preferably obtain an affiliation with one of the study programmes at the Bruges Campus, Belgium, or at the Natolin (Warsaw) Campus, Poland.


Normally visiting scholars come with their own external funding but the College of Europe may contribute in kind by allowing the use of its facilities such as:

  • library privileges
  • free internet access
  • free printing, scanning and photocopying
  • meals at staff prices in the College restaurant
  • office space in a College building, subject to availability
  • a College room or apartment at a reduced rate, subject to availability
  • attendance of College events.

Contribution to College life

Visiting scholars should contribute to the extent possible to the academic activities of the Department with which they will be associated. A bench fee of 250 € per month would be charged in case of no specific academic contribution. In agreement with the Director of Studies, their contribution may, for instance, take the form of offering a guest lecture, sharing their expertise with the students, or participating in conferences organised at the College. Visiting scholars are expected to note their academic affiliation with the College at any conference presentations they may undertake during their stay at the College of Europe and in any publications that may arise from it. At the end of their stay, they should submit a short report about their activities to the Rector.


Current Visiting Scholar(s)


Susi FORDERER studied law at the University of Hamburg and holds an LL.M. in European law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously, she worked as research and teaching assistant at Humboldt University of Berlin. During her legal clerkship to qualify for the German bar, she worked for a law firm in Brussels in EU competition law and for the German Parliament's Committee on EU policy issues and Economic and Monetary Union.

She is currently doing a research placement with Professor Garben (College of Europe European Legal Studies department) and focusing on the conflict between economic freedom and social rights in the EU.



Gaëtan CLIQUENNOIS holds since 2009 a dual PhD from the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France) and FUSL (Facultés Universitaires St-Louis, Belgium). From 2010 to 2013, Gaëtan CLIQUENNOIS was postdoctoral researcher at the FNRS (Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, Belgium). He was also visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge and at the London School of Economics, U.K. Since 2013, he works as permanent research fellow for the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) at the University of Strasbourg (SAGE: Societies, Actors and Governments in Europe). He is also Associate Researcher at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (department of law and criminology, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium). In 2016, he was visiting scholar at the European University Institute (law department).

He has published several articles in top ranked journals such as the British Journal of criminology (2010), Theoretical Criminology (2013), Punishment and Society (2013) and the European Law Journal (2016) on the European monitoring of penal policies and the litigation undertaken before the European Court of Human Rights. He will soon coedit a book on the European monitoring of penal policies (Routledge, forthcoming).

He is currently visiting scholar at the College of Europe European Legal Studies department until August 2017 and is working on the creeping privatization of human rights and the European justice system.

Özlem TERZI is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Istanbul University. She is, inter alia, the author of The Influence of the European Union on Turkish Foreign Policy (Ashgate, 2013). She obtained her PhD in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara. She was a DAAD research scholar and junior fellow at the ‘Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung’ (ZEI), University of Bonn. She studied as a Jean Monnet scholarship holder at the London School of Economics, where she received her MSc in European Studies. She also holds an MSc in International Relations from METU and a BSc in International Relations from Ankara University. Her research interests include EU foreign policy and diplomacy, global governance, EU-Turkey relations and Turkish foreign policy. Professor TERZI as visiting scholar in the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies for the academic year 2017-18.


Previous Visiting Fellow(s)

Anthony Luzzatto GARDNER

Former US Ambassador to the EU, Mr Anthony Luzzatto GARDNER, spent three months as a visiting fellow at the College of Europe Bruges campus. He participated in College events, writing, did public speaking and held regular office hours for students who were able to learn from his valuable experience and knowledge. 

It was a great opportunity for the College of Europe to have the ambassador in our midst, especially in light of the launching of a brand new Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs and during times of uncertainty regarding the transatlantic relationship.

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