The Hamida Barmaki Organization is supporting the Max Planck Foundation in the realization of an international Ph.D. program for Afghan jurists. The “Hamida Barmaki Ph.D. Scholarship” is primarily designed for talented and committed law lecturers who would like to write their Ph.D. thesis at a university in Germany or in another country.

The scholarship encompasses not only funding for research stays abroad, but also a broad variety of academic courses and guidance by experienced professors and Max Planck experts. In order to maintain continuity at their home institutions, most of the Ph.D. candidates switch between teaching law courses at their faculties and doing research abroad.

According to Afghan law, they are obliged to return to Afghanistan and share the benefits of their research abroad by working as lecturers for a prescribed period after the completion of their Ph.D. Fourteen doctoral candidates have already finished their initial research stays in Heidelberg. They are specializing on topics as wide-ranging as international economic law, constitutional law, intellectual property law, women’s access to justice,  international criminal law, child labor rights and Islamic legal history.

Timeframe: 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2016 (extension planned)

Place/s: Kabul; Heidelberg; diverse universities worldwide

Donor/s: Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany