Visiting Fellowship Programme

ICCT’s Visiting Fellowship Programme is now open for applications for 2020. The successful applicant is envisioned to begin the Fellowship in mid-to-late 2020; however, ICCT is flexible and open to other suggested time scales.

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) is an independent knowledge centre providing research, evidence-based policy advice, and practical, solution-oriented implementation support on matters regarding counter-terrorism (CT) and preventing/countering violent extremism (P/CVE). Respect for human rights and the rule of law underpins ICCT’s approach to CT and P/CVE research, and is integral to all aspects of our work.

Since its launch in 2010, ICCT’s Visiting Fellowship Programme has attracted scholars from around the world to undertake research in The Hague. The aim of the programme is to provide scholars and practitioners with the opportunity to conduct in-depth research into a specific area of work relating to ICCT’s three thematic focuses.

These are:

Define and detect

Within this programme, operationally-focussed research and activities of ICCT (such as empirical research on the modus operandi of terrorist organisations) intersects with relevant academic work. Relevant output as part of this theme are, for instance, topical insights on discussions about how to define what is counter-terrorism, and what is P/CVE and how those relate to definitions on for instance development, or public health. Within this programme ICCT groups its long-term analyses of trends regarding jihadism and other forms of extremism. More operationally, this programme includes, for example, ICCTs research on terrorist attacks and how terrorist organisations work.

Prevent and protect

This programme combines research and activities on the preventive side of CT—namely, PVE— and includes a particular emphasis on understanding and addressing the factors and dynamics underlying violent extremism and radicalisation. In addition, this programme looks specifically to the measures that can be taken to protect individuals, groups, and infrastructure from attacks.

Respond and reflect

This programme focuses on responses to terrorism—including criminal, administrative, and national security measures—as well as rehabilitation and reintegration. This theme aims to develop a range of M&E activities, such as a critical assessment of the functioning of organisations in the CT field, and focusses on the discussions regarding the ethics of P/CVE and CT; for example, this programme asks questions such as should governments actively retrieve children from jihadist conflict zones? Why? Why not? Other examples of themes within this programme are the necessity, proportionality, and effectiveness of CT measures and the possible long-term negative consequences of P/CVE and CT policies and practices.

While residing in The Hague and working at ICCT’s offices, knowledge exchange between the Visiting Fellow, ICCT staff, and the wider public, for example through public seminars and closed expert meetings, will be encouraged and facilitated.

Fellow profile:

We welcome applications from academics for research, from practitioners for knowledge exchange, or from any expert interested in helping develop practical and implementable tools or solutions (including handbooks or guides, workshops or training courses, monitoring and evaluation tools, etc.).

Practical Information


Visiting Fellowships are unsalaried positions. We welcome applications from salaried staff, those on secondment/sabbatical, or those who have received scholarships or external funding. As such, Visiting Fellowships are ideal opportunities for professionals on sabbatical or secondment.

Unfortunately, ICCT is not in the position to help with acquiring these external funds.

ICCT covers the following costs:

Travel and Accommodation

  • Accommodation in The Hague for one month during the Fellowship;
  • Return travel to and from The Hague.

Research, Development, and Publication

  • Office space at ICCT headquarters in The Hague;
  • Supervision and guidance from an ICCT Research Fellow who is an expert in your area of study;
  • Research costs;
  • Assistance and guidance from the ICCT Journal’s editorial team, including research coordination and an in-house editor;
  • Publication of Fellowship output on ICCT’s website;
  • Organisation of an event (such as a seminar or expert workshop) to present the output of the Fellowship to a high-level audience in The Hague.

Who Can Apply

We welcome applications from mid to senior level academics and practitioners with at least 5 years experience in the field of counter-terrorism, PVE, CVE; or with unique expertise in the study of non-state actors, rebel groups, political extremism, radicalisation, security and defence, criminology/criminal networks, violent subcultures, supremacism (e.g. male, white, etc.), conflict, or intelligence which could be applied to topics in the field of counter-terrorism in a novel and beneficial way.

In addition, the Fellow must:

  • At minimum, hold a bachelor’s degree by the start of the Fellowship;
  • Be highly proficient in English (verbal and written skills);
  • Be prepared to submit references or recommendation letters if selected.

We are especially interested in experts who bring non-Western or non-Eurocentric perspectives and experiences.

How to Apply

Please submit the following documents to, with in cc.

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A short biography;
  • A writing sample on a relevant topic (books, chapters, or peer-reviewed journal articles that meet international standards preferred);
  • A one-page letter of motivation setting out your motivation for applying for this Visiting Fellowship and how it will fit within your broader academic/career plans;
  • A (maximum) two-page Research or Development Plan.

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