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Call for Applications STRANIAK FELLOWSHIP – Atlas of torture research fellow

Call for Applications
STRANIAK FELLOWSHIP – Atlas of torture research fellow

funded by the Hermann and Marianne Straniak Foundation

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights
Freyung 6, 1010 Vienna, Austria

As soon as possible, ideally November 2018

Duration and scope:
6 months full time


Description of the project and tasks

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) offers a fellowship to support the establishment of a global cooperation platform to fight against torture and ill-treatment: The Atlas of Torture – developed in partnership with HURIDOCS – aims to empower organisations and individuals worldwide by:

  • Raising awareness on the problem and how torture and ill-treatment can be prevented through documentation, learning and exchange
  • Ensuring easy access to information
  • Making the work of actors engaged in the fight against torture and ill-treatment more visible and strengthen exchange and cooperation

The fellow will support the team in the preparation and implementation of project activities undertaking various activities, such as:

  • Conduct research on the topic of torture and ill-treatment and ways to prevent them
  • Monitor the practice of international, regional and national bodies
  • Monitor anti-torture projects, events and other initiatives carried out by international, regional and national bodies, civil society actors and key stakeholders
  • Organise and categorise data
  • Coordinate the Atlas of Torture’s communication strategy, including social media
  • Help maintain and manage communication with project partners and other relevant stakeholders


The fellow will be part of the Human Dignity and Public Security Department. The Department has extensive expertise and experience in the area of fighting against torture and ill-treatment. It supported the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak, during his mandate from 2004 to 2010 and is since implementing projects worldwide to support states and civil society organisations to prevent torture through research, consulting and training. For further information please see

Desired qualifications:

  • Proven knowledge – through studies or work experience – on human rights issues; expertise on torture and ill-treatment is an asset
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, working knowledge of additional languages is an asset
  • Ability to work independently, diligently and live up to deadlines
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Strong drafting and communication skills
  • Good IT skills

We offer:

  • Interesting work in an interdisciplinary expert team on various topical human rights issues
  • Fellowship of € 1.000 per month
  • Participation in the diverse range of events and networks linked to the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna


Arrangements for visa, if applicable, and insurance need to be taken care of by the fellow.
For further information on the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights see:
Interested persons are requested to send their CV and motivation letter in English to

Deadline for submission of applications: 19 October 2018

We are sorry we will only be able to contact candidates invited for an interview (via telephone/skype).