EU-Canada Programme: Student Exchange Programme in Human Security (SEPHS)

Call for Applications 2009/2010

Within the framework of SEPHS the Institute of Political Science offers two BA Political Science students the possibility to study at one of our Canadian partner universities:

Université du Québec à Montréal
University of Winnipeg

The Student exchange will take place during winter term 2009/2010 (September-December). Students selected for the programme will be offered an innovative course programme within the fields of political science/international relations and international law, specialised on questions of human security.


Programme Benefits

  • Tuition fees at the host university are waived
  • Scholarship of 1000 € per month
  • Travel grant of 1000 €
  • Full academic credit


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • be citizens of the European Union or third-country nationals who have been legal residents in the European Union for at least three years (and for purposes other than study) before the start of the outgoing mobility
  • be enrolled in the Political Science Programme at the University Duisburg-Essen
  • be in their 3rd semester of studies
  • have a record of high-level academic achievements
  • demonstrate a high-level of English (UW) or French (UQAM) language proficency (written and oral)
  • have special interest in International Relations and/or Peace and Conflict Studies


Application Details (Academic Year 2009/2010)

To apply for SEPHS, please submit the following documents:

  • SEPHS Application form (pdf/word)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Transcript of Records (available at the registrar's office)
  • Copy of school leaving certificate (Abitur certificate or equivalent)
  • Certificate of Enrolment
  • Letter of Motivation (maximum of one page, in English/French)
    Your letter should contain answers to the following questions:
    • Why do you want to take part in SEPHS?
    • Why do you want to study at the particular university?
    • What is your interest in human security?
    • How you think you will benefit from the programme, personally and academically?
  • Essay (5000-6000 characters in English/French)
    Please discuss either one of the following questions:
    1. Human security can be defined either in a broad sense (freedom from want) or in a narrow sense (freedom from fear). Describe both conceptions of human security and argue in favour of one of these perspectives. Please refer to the „Human Development Report 1994“ (Chapter 2) and the „Freedom from fear“ (2000) Report.
    2. The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine is about the international community’s responsibility to protect civilians from massive human rights violations. Please reflect the core ideas of the R2P and discuss the main obstacles for implementing R2P in cases like Darfur. Refer to the „Responsibility to Protect“ Report (2001) when answering this question.
    3. Discuss how a European human security perspective could look like? Please have a look at the Barcelona Report of the Study Group on Europe’s Security Capabilities and the Madrid Report of the Human Security Study Group for your background information

The deadline for submission of applications is Saturday, 31 January 2009. Please note that late or incomplete applications cannot be taken into consideration. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the application electronically to



Verena Heuking
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