UNIDROIT welcomes different categories of guests at the Institute. The various formulas, presented below, are:
RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS, VISITING SCHOLARS AND RESEARCHERS
UNIDROIT grants research scholarships to a limited number of high-performing post-graduate law students, lawyers, academics and government officials to undertake research in the UNIDROIT library. Over the last 25 years, the Research Scholarship Programme has hosted nearly 400 researchers from 65 countries, generally under partial funding, for an average period of two months. UNIDROIT Research Scholarship Programme: Regulations
The Programme is funded by extra-budgetary contributions. The number of scholarships awarded each year depends on the available funding. UNIDROIT appeals to potential sponsors to support the Scholarship Programme. See Information for donors.
University scholars and researchers, law students as well as Government officials and members of the legal profession from all over the world may apply to undertake research at the UNIDROIT Library as visiting scholars or researchers. Unlike the scholarship programme, visiting scholars and researchers must self-fund their research, however applicants may use their approval from UNIDROIT as visiting scholars or researchers to support their requests to potential sponsors to finance their stay in Rome. Projects relating to UNIDROIT’s past legislative activities, as well as subjects on the current UNIDROIT Web Programme, are given special attention in this regard. A good working knowledge of English and/or French is required.
UNIDROIT welcomes a select number of interns to participate in the work of the Secretariat. Internship activities relate to subjects on the Institute's current Work Programme, and/or to UNIDROIT instruments that have already been adopted, in particular as regards their implementation and promotion. Interns will generally be expected to conduct research on specific aspects of the chosen/assigned subject and/or to prepare concept notes, draft documents and reports of meetings, prepare translations, and generally assist the professional staff of the Secretariat.
Preference is given to candidates engaged in postgraduate legal studies (5 years +). Candidates must have an excellent knowledge of both spoken and written English. Knowledge of French and/or any other language is also considered an asset.
Candidates in their undergraduate legal studies are welcome to apply for an internship in the library, assisting the Head Librarian with documentation and catalogue related tasks.
Generally, UNIDROIT internships are not remunerated. However, there are a limited number of funded positions available each year (stipends of 600€ per month), with preference given to applicants from developing countries. The length of an internship is three consecutive months, which may be extended to a maximum of six months (excluding the month of August). Internships may be granted for shorter periods on a case by case basis. Interns are required to provide for adequate medical insurance coverage during their stay in Rome.
When applying for an internship, candidates are invited to indicate any preference for their topic of cooperation with the Secretariat, by specifying their preferred project(s) on UNIDROIT’s Work Programme. Interns are also able to undertake independent research projects in parallel with their internships while in the UNIDROIT library. Candidates are welcome to submit an academic reference letter and/or a statement from a sponsoring institution (university, research centre or governmental entity) to support their application.
UNIDROIT issues calls for applications every six months. The most recent call for applications closed in February 2020. Candidates are encouraged to follow the Institute’s social media pages (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter) to stay informed on when the next application window will open.
UNIDROIT welcomes public officials and lawyers from UNIDROIT member States to join its staff temporarily on Secondment: judges, public administration officials and professionals from public entities are invited to participate in the work of the Secretariat of UNIDROIT. Their full remuneration, health and pension schemes should continue to be fully covered by their employer during their Secondment at UNIDROIT.
The specific conditions of the secondment and the duties of the seconded person are agreed with the relevant public entity.
COOPERATION WITH ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
The Secretariat has many co-operation agreements with academic institutions. Institutional cooperation, which may be formalised under a Memorandum of Understanding, may allow for the development of joint research projects, initiatives or study programmes focused on UNIDROIT instruments; promotion of research stays or internships at UNIDROIT for professors and students or the establishment of joint fellowships.
Cooperation agreements have been implemented with the following academic institutions.
UNIDROIT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
UNIDROIT, with the support of the UNIDROIT Foundation, is happy to announce the launch of the UNIDROIT Alumni Association, a platform dedicated to the distinguished guests which have been welcomed to Villa Aldobrandini as part of UNIDROIT’s research scholarship, internship, and independent research programmes since 1993.