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Scholars are free to apply year-round and may choose to spend several weeks or up to six months at Bucerius. Admission decisions are normally sent to applicants within four weeks.
The application process involves two steps.
As a prospective scholar, identify and take up contact with a faculty member working in your field of research—a list of Bucerius professors and their contact information is available here.
When establishing contact, be sure to include your CV and a brief outline of your research project.
Once a faculty member has agreed to support your stay at Bucerius, collect and submit the following documents as a single PDF (in German or English) to Kasia Kwietniewska, Director of the International Office:
- Application form (available upon request)
- Curriculum vitae (incl. professional accomplishments, educational background, employment history, publications, awards)
- Letter of motivation
- Outline of your research project (no more than 2000 words)
All prospective scholars, regardless of existing affiliation, must submit these items.
There is no fee for scholars who are invited to Bucerius through one of the law school’s own programs such as the Interdisciplinary Legal Research Program (ILRP) or Joachim Herz U.S. Exchange Program for Young Legal Scholars. Recipients of DAAD or Alexander von Humboldt Foundation scholarships are also exempt from paying fees.
All other scholars wishing to conduct research at Bucerius are subject to the following fees:
Up to 3 month stay: no fee
3-6 month stay: €500
7-12 month stay: €1000
Accommodation in Hamburg
Bucerius does not have any on-campus or dormitory housing of its own. However, the campus is easily accessible by public transportation and the International Office assists scholars in finding suitable accommodation.
As a visiting scholar you profit from 24/7 access to the very modern Hengeler-Mueller Library equipped with high quality computer workstations, book scanners and wifi-enabled printers. Please note that the library is a reference library, i.e., books may not be checked out. The library inventory can be found through the electronic catalogue.
Working Space & WLAN
Bucerius offers a common working space for its visiting scholars. The office is equipped with PCs, a printer and stationery. Access to the campus wireless network will be provided.
Each visiting scholar will receive a Bucerius card. This card allows you to enter the building and library at any time, including nights and weekends, as well as to use the copying machines. Moreover, you will need the card to pay in the Bucerius cafeteria and coffee shop, as neither location accepts cash.
Bucerius has a cafeteria where you can have lunch. In addition to the cafeteria, there is a Coffee Lounge where you can buy snacks, sandwiches and a variety of beverages.
The staff of the International Office is here to support you before and during your stay at Bucerius. You can count on their experience in working with international students, lecturers and visiting scholars on the various issues that accompany a term abroad. From recommendations of sightseeing tours or a nice restaurant for a relaxing dinner to questions about purchasing a prepaid SIM card or configuring your device for access to the campus wireless network, please do not hesitate to get in contact.