Join the Copernicus Institute as a Visiting Scholar

Governing Environmental Problem-Shifting

Aerial view of the botanical gardens

Until June 2026 the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University is offering a number of visiting scholar positions fully funded by the European Research Council research project "Problem-Shifting between International Environmental Treaty Regimes: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions" (grant agreement no. 949252). 

As a visiting scholar, you will actively engage with this cutting-edge project and take the lead on a collaborative research output aligned with the project's goals. This is an exceptional opportunity to contribute to high-impact research in the field of global environmental governance.

What we offer

  • A funded visit: Return travel (train/flight) and a stipend of 2,000 euros per month to cover accommodation and living expenses for up to three months (length of time negotiable).
  • Research support: Full access to the university‚Äôs resources, including office space and facilities.
  • Publication assistance: Coverage of open access fees for any publications resulting from your research.

How to apply

  • Application materials: Please send your CV and a detailed research plan outlining your proposed contribution to
  • Selection criteria: Applications will be evaluated based on the potential to contribute high-quality research within the scope of the project.
  • Rolling applications: We review applications on a rolling basis, so early submission is encouraged.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion: At Utrecht University, we want to be a home for everyone. We value diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and identities, including cultural, religious, or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment in which everyone can flourish and contribute.

For more information about the project, please visit

For enquiries, please contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Rakhyun E. Kim at