ELF and ALDE Party opened Hans van Baalen Scholarship for Junior Researchers

The ALDE Party in collaboration with the European Liberal Forum, the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG) at VUB, the Taipei Representative Office in the EU and BelgiumTaiwan Foundation for Democracy, and LYMEC-European Liberal Youth, set up a new scholarship in honour of the late ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen who was a staunch supporter of Taiwanese freedom and democracy. The scholarship aims to strengthen EU-Taiwan relations and address the current geopolitical reality in East Asia.

About the Scholarship

We are seeking research proposals on EU-Taiwan relations for this call. The international system is currently undergoing significant changes. The resurgence of great power competition and the shifting focus of global politics toward the Indo-Pacific region present challenges to long-held assumptions, norms, and structures that have defined international politics since the end of the Cold War. In this context, the balance of power and the projection of interests have become more prominent in international relations. However, the ongoing crisis in and around Ukraine has demonstrated that great powers may no longer have complete control over smaller states. Furthermore, international organizations have shown resilience, digitalization and technological advancements are shaping success factors, and the world economy is interconnected to a degree where isolation is not a viable option. These changes have a pervasive impact on statecraft, diplomacy, international security, and Europe’s positioning on the global stage.

Within this framework, we invite research project proposals that explore any relevant topic, with a particular focus on the following sub-themes:


We offer a full-time Junior Researcher position.

Contract type: Full-time professional immersion agreement for 12 months. Remuneration will be at the level of a full-time research assistant at a Flemish university, ranging between 1,700 and 2,000 euros net per month. Social security contributions are included, and secondary employment is not permitted.

The scholarship is for 12 month and the researcher will be based at the ALDE Party and the European Liberal Forum (ELF). The successful candidate will primarily engage in policy-oriented research, including active involvement in the analysis of public debates and policymaking related to the research topic. The role also includes participation in quantitative survey research as part of the ongoing public opinion research of the ALDE Party. Office space and equipment will be provided, and access to the premises and research community of the Brussels School of Governance will be granted. The final outputs will include, at minimum, a policy-oriented research paper and a workshop.

Who can apply?

The successful applicant must:

How to apply?

Candidates for the Junior Researcher position will be selected based on the quality of their project proposals, work experience, and qualifications. Interested candidates should submit their application via the link below:

The application should include: 

If you are interested in the program, submit your application here.

The application deadline is 15 August 2023.

Short-listed candidates will be notified by 15 September 2023. The selected researcher will commence activities as soon as possible thereafter.

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