The International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) offers research scholarship programme for applicants from developing and emerging economies to conduct research at the Institute in the fields of uniform law and comparative private law.

Its purpose is to study needs and methods for modernising, harmonising and co-ordinating private and in particular commercial law as between States and groups of States and to formulate uniform law instruments, principles and rules to achieve those objectives.

The International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) is an independent intergovernmental Organisation with its seat in the Villa Aldobrandini in Rome.

The official languages of UNIDROIT are English, French, German, Italian and Spanish; its working languages are English and French.

Scholarship Description:

  • Application deadline:  October 31, 2018
  • Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing research programme.
  • Study Subject: The subject of the candidate’s research project, which must be related to uniform law / international private law.
  • Scholarship Award: A scholarship (average duration: two months, minimum duration: six weeks, depending also on the special terms and conditions attached to each scholarship) may cover all or part of the cost of living in Rome for the designated period, but beneficiaries are in principle expected to cover their own travel expenses and their medical insurance for the duration of their scholarship.
  • Number of Scholarships: Between 15 and 20 scholarships are awarded each year for an average period of two months.
  • Nationality: International students
  • Scholarship can be taken in the Italy

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Eligible Countries: International students can apply for these scholarships. Special attention will be given to applicants from developing and emerging countries.
  • Entrance Requirements: Scholarships are awarded to applicants with outstanding qualifications according to the following criteria, subject to any specific requirements on the part of donors:
    -The subject of the candidate’s research project, which must be related to uniform law / international private law (see details of the holdings of the UNIDROIT Library indicated in the Library’s on-line catalogue). Priority is given to the topics that correspond with the Organisation’s Work Programme;
    -The project’s potential for practical application in the beneficiary’s country of origin. Priority is given to projects relating to the drafting of national laws or those aiming at promoting the study, implementation or adoption of uniform law instruments;
    – The candidate must be a post-graduate, academic, civil servant, judge, practitioner or other, with outstanding academic credentials.
  • English Language Requirements: A good working knowledge of English and/or French is a prerequisite (please attach a certificate of proficiency (i.e. TOEFL / DELF level)).

Application Procedure:

How to Apply: Applications for scholarships tenable as of January 2019 are to be submitted by duly filling in the form in pdf or in Word together with the two requested letters of recommendation and the language certificates by e-mail or by post

Application Form

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