The ULB offers 10 postdoctoral fellowships to researchers with refugee status

In order to support the refugees who have been flocking to Europe these past months, the ULB has decided to take action within its own domains, research and teaching, by offering 10 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers with refugee status. These fellowships will be named after Khaled al'As-ad, the 82-year-old archaeologist who was beheaded by Daesh for participating in international scientific conferences and collaborating with international colleagues. The ULB publicized the call for applications in collaboration with the association 'Scholars at Risk', an international network of higher education institutions whose purpose is to promote academic freedom worldwide and of which the ULB is a member.

From among the 35 initial expressions of interest, a total of 17 eligible candidates were identified, 11 in human and social sciences, 4 in sciences and technology and 2 in life sciences. Three of the eligible candidates were women and 15 were of Syrian descent. A third of the refugees have arrived with the latest wave of immigrants and the majority are between 30 and 40 years of age.

As every fellowship costs 40,000 EUR per year, the ULB has mobilised 500,000 EUR of its own funds and has launched an appeal for donations to collect the missing amount.

Donations can be made to account number BE79 2100 4294 0033 - BIC code GEBABEBB - with the following reference 5D00.Y.000011 - DON SOLIDARITÉ UNIVERSITAIRE RÉFUGIÉS.

Opening of the "Maison des Sciences humaines"

The ULB has opened its "Maison des Sciences humaines" (House of Human sciences), an inter-faculty structure to host and support research in human and social sciences. The project involves more than a hundred researchers, working on a common research topic: people and society.

More specifically, since its creation, the MSH (Maison des Sciences humaines) has been hosting three different integrated teams of researchers: LIEU (Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Urban Studies), OMAM (Observatory of the Muslim and Arab worlds) and STRIGES (Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Gender, Equality and Sexuality). The MSH also has five affiliated teams of researchers: the Centre for Legal History and Legal Anthropology, the Centre for Political Theory, the Interdisciplinary Research centre for the study of Religions and Secularism, the Centre for Research in Archaeology and Heritage and finally the Centre for Public Law.

The MSH focuses on fundamental research and aims to achieve a closer involvement of human sciences in the management of social problems. The MSH will be receptive to questions from political, socio-economic and other players. A platform for debate, exchange and sharing of interdisciplinary knowledge, it also aims to be attentive to the practical problems facing our society and to current events, and is ready to advise the political, socio-economic and cultural worlds.

Open to the outside world, the MSH aims to participate in a number of research projects with European and international partners and will welcome every year several dozen visiting professors, postdoctoral researchers and international mobility researchers.