Vacancy – PhD Candidate Position under the MSCA EU-GLOCTER Doctoral Network (EU Glocal Counter-Terrorism)

Role: PhD Candidate position

Commitment: 38 hours per week

Location: The Hague

Starting Date: 1 September 2024


Who We’re Looking For

ICCT is looking to host a PhD Candidate position for the next three years, specializing on issues related to counter-terrorism in the transatlantic cooperation space. A variety of topics could be considered under this theme, focussing on cooperation or comparison between the US and the EU, including, but not limited to:

    • AI and terrorism
    • Gaming and terrorism
    • CT in the online sphere
    • Far-right violent extremism
    • Jihadi terrorism
    • Terrorism financing
    • Terrorism sanctions
    • Law enforcement cooperation
    • Intelligence cooperation

This position is part of the MSCA EU-GLOCTER Doctoral Network, that is currently offering a total of 11 PhD positions. For more information about the MSCA EU-GLOCTER Doctoral Network, and the application process, see below.

MSCA EU-GLOCTER Doctoral Network (EU Glocal Counter-Terrorism)

Currently seeking applications for 11 Doctoral Candidate positions under the MSCA EU-GLOCTER Doctoral Network (EU Glocal Counter-Terrorism). 10 Doctoral Candidates are funded by the European Union (Horizon Europe MSCA Doctoral Networks), whilst 1 Doctoral Candidate is funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Horizon Europe guarantee scheme.

The two main objectives of EU-GLOCTER are: (1) to provide world-class training to doctoral candidates (DCs) in EU ‘glocal’ counter-terrorism - thinking globally, responding locally; and (2) to generate scientific excellence and technological innovation in the area of counter-terrorism. 

Terrorism remains one of the main security threats facing the European Union (EU) and its Member States, with a considerable impact on European societies. There is therefore a strong need for knowledge and expertise that will enable the EU and its Member States to effectively address the contemporary terrorist threat. The EU-GLOCTER (EUropean GLOCal Counter-TERrorism) Doctoral Network will produce the expertise that the EU and its Member States require to effectively address this threat. The research programme is highly innovative in its emphasis on analysing EU counter-terrorism through the lenses of ‘glocalism’ at different levels, ranging from the local through the EU to the global level, and in the crossing of the public-private sector boundaries. EU-GLOCTER brings seven recruiting institutions with an excellent research track-record in counter-terrorism research together with Associated Partners from across the world in order to deliver a world-class PhD programme.

The recruiting organisations are: Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland; International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), Netherlands; Jagiellonian University (JAG), Poland; Leiden University (ULEI), Netherlands; Metropolitan University Prague (MUP), Czechia; Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC), Spain; and University of South Wales (USW), United Kingdom.

Application Process

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 22nd May at 17:00 CET. Applications submitted by that date will receive primary consideration. However, we will continue to consider applications received after that date until all positions are filled. 

You can find more information in the Guide for Applicants.

Candidates who are interested in applying to the ICCT PhD Candidate position, are requested to submit their application through the application form here, AND submit separately a 1-page abstract briefly stating the anticipated focus of the PhD thesis to Antoinette Verlaan (

Any enquiries relating to these positions should be directed to the EU-GLOCTER Network Coordinator, Professor Christian Kaunert, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University (Email: